Last month (Oct. 24-27), the Society for Melanoma Research (SMR) hosted its 15th International Congress at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in London, England. The event had nearly 1,000 healthcare professionals in attendance working toward the multidisciplinary management of melanoma/skin cancer.
A new president was selected at the conference: Dr. Georgina Long is SMR's first Australian president. She is the conjoint medical director and a professor at the Melanoma Institute Australia.
Congratulations to my friend and colleague @ProfGLongMIA ProfGLongMIA for her induction as @SocietyMelanoma President. A testament to her intellect, determination & passion! #SMR2018 https://t.co/gpxJObDCYB— Professor Richard Scolyer (@ProfRScolyerMIA) October 26, 2018
Honoured to receive this award, which is recognition of the entire MIA team's efforts, particularly my long term research partnership with @ProfRScolyerMIA. Thanks for all messages of support, way to go team science! #cancerNSWawards https://t.co/cUv8UftRS8— Professor Georgina Long (@ProfGLongMIA) November 2, 2018
The newly elected president @ProfGLongMIA doesn’t waste time in focusing on what’s really needed in #Melanoma research with the goal of saving the life of patients: fight resistance of high risk early stage tumors. Motivating talk and outstanding professor #SMRCongress #SMR2018 pic.twitter.com/CL268mHPr0— Adriana S. (@adri_sanna) October 27, 2018
The conference brought together researchers and clinicians who are working to improve the lives of patients living with melanoma.
Amaya Viros gave a wonderful talk on how chronic sun exposure in age patients affects melanoma progression. #SMR2018 #SMRCongress @SocietyMelanoma— Marie Webster (@RieWeb20) October 26, 2018
Thrilled to see the session on rare melanoma subtypes at #SMR2018. Low mutation burden, limited UVR and limited responses to IO, all point towards a distinct biology. We need to take the next step: develop tailored approaches that are specific to these non-cutaneous subtypes.— Gino K In USC Norris (@Gino_K_In_USC) October 25, 2018
#SMR2018 Toni Ribas and Georgina Long providing updates from Keynote 002 and Keynote 029. With longer follow up, both studies show more patients converting to responders and CR as well! pic.twitter.com/uaiuQTbDe2— Gino K In USC Norris (@Gino_K_In_USC) October 25, 2018
Between #ESMO18 Checkmate 511 and now #SMR2018 Keynote 029, I'm a huge fan of full dose PD-1 + ipi 1mg/kg data for our patients with #melanoma. Durability of response impressive!— Alex Shoushtari, MD (@alexshoushtari) October 25, 2018
#SMR2018 Fascinating talk by @AshaniTW on the aging micro environment and how aged fibroblast secretomes of different sites affects melanoma growth - great tweep shout out too!— Becki Lee (@BeckiLee) October 26, 2018
@theLundLab Great work presented this morning how lymphatic vessels are involved in the resistance to therapy in melanoma. @SocietyMelanoma #SMR2018 #SMRCongress— franzi_b (@franzi2709) October 26, 2018
Attendees were looking forward to this year's TME session...
Amanda Lund concludes TME session with wonderful data showing lymphatic vessels dynamically regulate peripheral tissue immune response. #SMR2018 #SMRCongress @SocietyMelanoma pic.twitter.com/g8uhdFxQcZ— Marie Webster (@RieWeb20) October 26, 2018
Looking forward know better how the aged TME promotes #Melanoma tumor progression #SMR2018 https://t.co/Uz7JcKnxra— Adriana S. (@adri_sanna) October 26, 2018
One topic that was discussed frequently was the need for more #WomeninScience...
Women are STILL under-represented in science and it is inspiring to know that so many women are presenting here @SocietyMelanoma #SMR2018 #WomenInScience— Professor Georgina Long (@ProfGLongMIA) October 26, 2018
...which is the goal of a newly launched SMR program.
At #SMRcongress 2018, we inaugurated a new initiative "STEM for Women". We interviewed few among the many brilliant women melanoma researchers. Each interview episode from the series will be released every month. Please stay tuned for more updates. #WomenInSTEM @SocietyMelanoma pic.twitter.com/O34tIwBICH— Rohit Thakur (@Rohit_thakurrr) October 30, 2018
Extremely impressed by this young man who reached out to us with this idea, then worked tirelessly to make it happen. Made me think that there’s hope for the next generation- men who advocate for their female colleagues, and women who also advocate for themselves. #SMRcongress https://t.co/DWhsrAX8ag— Ashi_W (@AshaniTW) October 30, 2018
That's a wrap for the SMR 2018 Congress! The 2019 Congress will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah.