-62nd Radiation Research Society Annual Meeting
62nd Annual International Meeting of the Radiation Research Society (15-19th Oct 2016)
This meeting was held in Hawaii and it was my second opportunity to visit this incredibly beautiful part of the world. The venue was the Waikoloa Village Hotel, filled with art and sculptural pieces that celebrated the rich culture of the people of Hawaii, displaying influences from Japan and Thailand (see collage). The island of Hawaii has two active volcanoes and in the above picture, the dormant Haleakalā volcano on the neighboring island of Maui can be seen in the distance. The rocky beaches and volcanic rock formation provided an interesting contrast to the rich vegetation and beach sunsets where you could watch the sun until it dropped right out of sight over the horizon.
The scientific sessions of this meeting included two interesting debates on the relevance of non-targeted responses and the genetic vs metabolic nature of cancer. Both topics were debated fiercely with thought-provoking arguments on both sides. Smaller concomitant sessions were arranged in a way that we could attend presentations tailored to our own interests and of course mine were in –omics data, gene expression, R-loops and DNA repair and epigenetics. The range of studies discussed was broad and included large scale genome wide association studies in mouse tumor models to primate models for study of radiation response. After four intense days packed with information, thoughtful discussions of directions and trends in this field I returned to NYC tired but exhilarated.