ENETS E-Newsletter: 15th Annual ENETS Conference Highlights
The conference attracted 1503 participants from 66 countries, including three newcomers from Ghana, Uzbekistan, and the Republic of Georgia. ENETS is proud to have welcomed more than 70 new members who joined the Society during the conference.
In this first post-conference e-newsletter edition, we would like to highlight selected sessions and invite you to read more below. Please stay tuned for more conference coverage in the next weeks.
The scientific organizing committee would like to thank all participants for their important feedback and expresses their gratitude and thanks to the faculty for their important contributions, the organization team and last but not least, its sponsors.
The international faculty proposed a well-received scientific program which included a nurse’s program and a joint symposium with patient advocates. This year participants appreciated more opportunities to interact with speakers and their presentations, namely through real-time polls during the presentations, as well as the poster walks in smaller groups.
The Life Achievement Award was presented to Gianfranco Delle Fave (photo: 2nd from right) by Massimo Falconi (photo: center) and Bertram Wiedenmann (photo: right).
Gianfranco Delle Fave is Professor of Gastroenterology at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. He started his career in pharmacology where he was working on peptides already as an undergraduate together with the discoverer of Serotonin, Vittorio Erspamer.
His clinical expertise and leadership skills are sought-after by numerous medical societies. Gianfranco Delle Fave was co-founder of the European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society in 2004 and he enriched the development of ENETS throughout the years with profound knowledge and a good sense of “savoir vivre”.
ENETS received more than 360 abstract submissions. The Abstracts 2018 are now online and available as an official supplement in the ENETS official Journal 'Neuroendocrinology' via Karger Publishers and via MY ENETS in the Media Library.
To view MY ENETS, please go to Media Library, then 15th Annual ENETS Conference under General and then click Abstracts.
Looking into the future, the powerful last session within this year’s ENETS Annual Conference was held by Professor Irvin Modlin (photo: left) and Professor Andrea Califano (photo: right). With focus on multianalyte transcriptomic analysis and mathematical algorithmic modeling, Prof. Modlin performed a historical journey from the architect and anatomist Sir Christopher Wren (*30 October 1632) to liquid biopsy and the NETest in terms of learning processes.
Promising results regarding the clinical utility of the NETest as a potential diagnostic, prognostic and predictive score were presented and highlighted with a case report that underlined the predictive value of the NETest. So far, we are already awaiting five publications in press this year dealing with this new and outstanding approach.
Prof. Califano presented the heterogeneity within the mutational landscape of cancer cells that needs to be challenged when searching for new and „drugable“ targets for the treatment of neuroendocrine tumors. Newest methodologies used by the Califano Lab to identify master regulatory proteins within the „cancer cell’s engine room“ and to reconstruct the molecular mechanisms with impact on tumor growth were presented.
How this information can be transferred into individualized treatment algorithms especially in so far untreatable cases, will be addressed further in the near future.
Scientific report by Dr. Lisa-M. Dilz.