Make Plans for Daytona Beach, FL!!

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We can’t wait to see you in Daytona, Florida in October 2020! While Daytona is famous for its NASCAR auto races and spring break, there is so much more to experience! We hope you will enjoy the meeting location with its multitude of top restaurants with fresh sea food, microbrews, waterfront parks and, of course, its beautiful weather and amazing beaches!  In October the temperatures generally fluctuate between 65° and 82°F on average, so bring your swimming suit! There are plenty of attractions right in the Daytona area to keep you entertained, and Orlando is just an hour away. You will be surprised by the number of biking and hiking trails in the area. A visit to Daytona wouldn’t be complete without a walk down the beach boardwalk, filled with amusement park rides and arcade games.

VCS is excited to be in Daytona this year. The conference will be held at the Hilton Daytona Beach, which was renovated recently. We will have lots of great speakers and entertainment for you this week, so be ready for the conference and get ready to soak it all in!

Our keynote speakers will include Elias Sayour, M.D., Ph.D.  Dr. Sayour is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics and Principal Investigator of the RNA Engineering Laboratory within the Preston A. Wells, Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy and UF Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program.   Dr. Sayour trained at Duke University where he completed a pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship and NIH research fellowship in cancer biology and developmental therapeutics. He also enrolled in the Duke University Graduate School and completed his Ph.D. in 2015.  Dr. Sayour will discuss his laboratory’s work and new approaches to immunotherapy of brain tumors and osteosarcoma, with a translational outlook on his research.

Mitchell S. Steiner, M.D., F.A.C.S is a Board Certified Urologist and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has held numerous academic appointments, including Assistant Professor of Urology, Cell Biology, and Pathology at Vanderbilt School of Medicine from 1993 to 1995 and Chairman and Professor of Urology, Director of Urologic Oncology and Research and the Chair of Excellence in Urologic Oncology at the University of Tennessee from 1995 to 2004.  Dr. Steiner holds a B.A. in Molecular Biology and Chemistry from Vanderbilt University and an M.D. from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Steiner is the President and Chief Executive Officer of VERU inc., an oncology biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing novel drugs. He will discuss the development of a novel oral selective antitubulin agent that targets alpha and beta tubulin of microtubules for advanced prostate cancer as well as for other forms of metastatic cancers, in addition to its application in comparative oncology.

We plan on continuing with a similar schedule as in Houston 2019, with three concurrent morning and afternoon tracks, with exciting keynote and SOTA presentations, basic science and clinical science abstracts, posters, and ample time for Q & A as well as a very robust technician workshop. The tradition will continue with the Saturday’s closing ceremony on the beach front, including announcement of our resident awards as well as the technician case report winner, social time with colleagues, live music and plenty of good food and drink.

We are so excited you plan on joining us this year! Welcome and we hope you enjoy the conference.

Dr. Amandine Lejeune
2020 Program Chair