The 46th Annual Meeting of the American Pancreatic Association was a big success with over 500 attendees, our largest single meeting to date. Over 331 abstracts were submitted from 22 different countries, making this a truly international meeting. As we have done for the last few years, we started the meeting during the day on Wednesday, 11/5 with a pre-meeting on molecular diagnostics in pancreatic cancer. We then partnered with the Kenner Family Research Fund on a session on Early Detection Methods: Lessons Learned from Other Cancers. These pre-meetings allow us to focus on these emerging fields so we are thrilled that these are lively, well-attended meetings!
As always, the Hirshberg Opening Symposium included speakers on the cutting edge of research in their field. This year’s topic was Immunobiology of Pancreatic Cancer and featured Greg Beatty (University of Pennsylvania), Michael Karin (UCSD) and Judy Varner (UCSD). Matthias Hebrok (UCSF) gave the Frank Brooks State of the Art Lecture and Pramod Garg (AIIMS) gave the Paul Webster Clinical State of the Art Lecture.
As always, bringing people together during the meeting, regardless of their discipline, location, or stature is vitally important to our mission. We continue to be appreciative of our sponsors who help us provide meals and events where these less formal meetings and scientific discussions can take place. Additionally, we added a more formal networking opportunity this year. We had several faculty host “Meet the Experts” roundtables during our breakfast sessions. Early feedback was very positive on both the sides of the faculty & the attendees!
Finally, during our awards dinner, we were able to honor several people who have had a great impact on our organization and the pancreatic community. First, the Distinguished Service Award was presented to Jose Serrano and Mushtaq Khan, both from NIH. The Vay Liang and Frisca Go Award for Lifetime Achievement was given to Stephen Pandol.