2007 Innovative Minds in Prostate Cancer Today (IMPaCT) Meeting



The Department of Defense (DOD) Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) held the inaugural Innovative Minds in Prostate Cancer Today (IMPaCT) meeting on September 5-8, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia. IMPaCT attracted approximately 850 attendees from all over the world, including scientists, clinicians, prostate cancer survivors and advocates. Click here for IMPaCT photos

The IMPaCT meeting provided a broad overview of the field of prostate cancer research while highlighting the important contributions that PCRP-funded investigators have made to that field. It demonstrated the strong collaboration between the research community and prostate cancer survivors and advocates that has made the PCRP so successful. It provided networking opportunities for that community to share ideas and to identify promising, innovative avenues in prostate cancer research for the years ahead. The 2007 IMPaCT Prostate Cancer Research Program Book provides an overview of the meeting.

All PCRP awardees since the inception of the program were invited to submit abstracts, and more than 500 investigators representing all 10 years of the PCRP submitted abstracts. Prostate cancer advocacy groups were invited to submit abstracts highlighting projects or programs having an impact on prostate cancer research, advocacy, education, and/or survivorship, and eight organizations did so. In addition, 21 undergraduate students participating in Collaborative Undergraduate HBCU Student Summer Training Programs submitted abstracts. These abstracts were presented in 24 symposium sessions and 34 poster sessions. There were more than 60 distinguished invited speakers at IMPaCT. Many of them have provided their presentations for download on this website (Invited Speaker Presentations).

Prostate Cancer Survivors and Advocates at IMPaCT

More than 250 prostate cancer survivors have served as consumer advocates on peer and programmatic review panels for the PCRP, providing distinctive viewpoints, a sense of urgency, and a human face to the disease. The IMPaCT meeting provided an opportunity for these men to celebrate the successes of the PCRP, to share ideas, and to look forward to promising, innovative avenues in prostate cancer research for the years ahead. Click here for Consumer Advocate photos

In the Media

The IMPaCT meeting attracted significant media attention. Media coverage included nearly 20 different wire, print, online and radio highlights, totaling over 88 million media impressions.