Return to AACR: Every Time I Think I’m Out, They Pull Me Back In

The 2012 AACR Annual Meeting starts on Friday, March 31st in Chicago, IL.  Guess who’s been “elected” to represent my company at a “mini-symposia”?  I have been scrambling to prepare materials, slides, and everything has to go past our marketing and legal teams.  At least two conference calls a day for the last five days. My company has OCD about logos… you can’t invert the colors, you can’t size them larger than such and such, etc.

Sorry for the lapse in video and blog entries, but the concept of “free time” is elusive of late.  I’ll try to bring back some photos or stories.  I think the big idea this year is going to be circulating tumor cells, and if I can find the time, I’ll put together an entry on them. The other hot topic, and one I’ll probably work into my own 10 minute session, will be long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs).

This is the video from last year’s annual meeting… I haven’t seen one from this year.

3 comments on “Return to AACR: Every Time I Think I’m Out, They Pull Me Back In

  1. C0nc0rdance, I have read this two days ago on MSNBC. A study was published in the Journal Nature, which tried to replicate the findings of key landmark studies in cancer research. Specifically, it tried to replicate the findings of 53 of these “landmark discoveries”. It could only replicate 7. Since the p value was set at 0.05, just by chance we would see that it would replicate the findings of 3 studies while comitting a type I error. So we can subtract 3 replictions from the 7, yielding 4 studies which were actually correct in their conclusions out of 53. That is less then 8%. The authors identified corner cutting by cancer researchers as a major reason for this. Now that seems truly shocking to me. Could you comment on this?

    • Jason, are you sure about the quality of the study which was published in Nature?
      8% replication rate would seem kind of implausibly low to me, maybe they looked at the worst cancer researchers, or maybe they made a mistake in the study. But c0nc0rdance can probably shed some light on this better than I can.

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