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IKCS 2020 will feature three special lectures: a keynote address by 2019 Nobel Laureate Dr. William G. Kaelin and two memorial lectures from the recipients of the KCA’s Andrew C. Novick Award and the Pieter de Mulder Memorial Award. IKCS 2020, to be held November 6-7, will be the first virtual symposium in the KCA’s 30-year history. It is also the first time clinicians can earn continuing medical education credits for attendance.

Dr. William G. Kaelin, Jr. received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his foundational research on altered von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) genes, which led to the winning discovery of the mechanism by which cells sense and adapt to changing levels of oxygen – a key cellular process in some kidney cancers. He is also a past recipient of the KCA’s Eugene P. Schonfeld Award for his contributions to kidney cancer treatment. Kaelin’s IKCS 2020 Keynote Lecture followed by a Q+A, scheduled for Saturday, November 7 at 10:30 am ET, is called “Can Studies of the VHL Gene Get Us to Curative Combination Therapies for Kidney Cancer?”

Dr. Steven C. Campbell of the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, will receive the Novick award and deliver the Andrew C. Novick Memorial Lecture during IKCS 2020. The Novick award recognizes healthcare professionals who have made significant contributions over the course of their careers in urology for the treatment of kidney cancer. Campbell’s lecture, scheduled for Friday, Nov 6 at 10:15 am, is called “Partial Nephrectomy: An Ongoing Journey for Surgical Excellence”.

Dr. Axel Bex of the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust in London, England and a member of the KCA’s Medical Steering Committee, will receive the de Mulder award and deliver the accompanying Pieter de Mulder Memorial Lecture during IKCS 2020. The de Mulder award recognizes oncologists who have made significant contributions to the treatment of kidney cancer and is typically given during the KCA’s European International Kidney Cancer Symposium (EIKCS). Since EIKCS 2020 was cancelled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Bex will be recognized and deliver his lecture during ICKS 2020. His talk, scheduled for Saturday, November 7 at 8:05 am, is called “Perioperative Treatment Strategies in Renal Cell Carcinoma”.

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