WELCOME TO THE 2014 International Oncology Symposium

During the International Oncology Symposium, physicians worldwide will share and exchange information related to latest technologies and clinical applications.

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The Symposium is being presented by the National Research Oncology Center (NROC), a Nazarbayev University – UPMC Partnership, which is working to develop a cancer treatment program and hospital by the end of 2016 in order to benefit the people of Kazakhstan. Through National Medical Holdings, where the programs will be conducted until the hospital is built, NROC is advancing oncology services through advanced technologies and clinical applications such as stereotactic radiosurgery, 3.0T MRI, and disease-based clinical pathways to improve health and well-being throughout the country.

Medical experts from around the globe are invited to take part in the 2014 International Oncology Symposium in Astana, Kazakhstan, which will provide education focused on cancer treatment and health care. Top surgeons and oncologists will speak about the latest developments in oncology research, economics of health care, and cutting-edge cancer treatments, skills and knowledge.


Welcome Letter

Dear Colleagues,

It is with honor that I invite you to the 2014 International Oncology Symposium in Astana, Kazakhstan. From 24 – 26 of September, physicians worldwide will share and exchange information related to latest technologies and clinical applications.

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The goals of the symposium are:

  1. To learn about the new advanced technologies and innovations in cancer care.
  2. To exchange information with medical cancer experts from around the world in order to bring the best cancer care to the patients of Kazakhstan.
  3. To promote strong educational alliances in all areas of cancer care.

We hope you will join us in our country’s capital of Astana, filled with stunning modern architecture. In a comparatively short period, Astana has been significantly transformed and has obtained recognition around the world. Now, this town is divided by a river on two parts: the right part of the city presents itself as a post-union culture side, while the left appears as a new district of Dubai. Be sure to visit the main symbol of the town, Baiterek Tower, a 97-meter high building that has beautiful views of the city. Stop by the shopping mall, Khan Shatyr, a 150-meter high transparent yurt, which houses an indoor beach resort with real sand brought from the Maldive Islands. And lastly, please don't miss the Kazakh national dishes available in the best restaurants located on Turan Avenue.

We look forward to you registering for the 2014 International Oncology Symposium to help change cancer care in Kazakhstan.

Dr. Ken Alibek


Symposium Information

Attendees: Doctors from around the world

Symposium Topics: Public Health, Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Cancer Care, Importance of Cancer Screening, Pain Management/Support Services


Where: Rixos Hotel, Astana
Dinmukhamed Qonayev St 7,
Astana, Kazakhstan

When: September 24-26, 2014

IOS-Astana Speakers: View Full List

Shigeo Katsu
President, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

Ken Alibek, MD, PhD
CEO of National Medical Holdings, Chairman of the Republican Research Center for Medical Emergency Care, Kazakhstan

David Bartlett, MD
Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology, UPMC CancerCenter, USA

Alessandro Bertani, MD
Surgical Director, Lung Transplant Program, ISMETT, ITALY
Chief, Unit of Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplantation, ISMETT, ITALY

Adam Brufsky, MD, PhD, FACP
Medical Oncology,Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, USA

Donald Burke, MD
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Jonas Salk Professor of Global Health, USA

Edward Chu, MD
Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Deputy Director, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, USA

Nancy Davidson, MD
Director, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and UPMC CancerCenter, Associate Vice Chancellor for Cancer Research, Hillman Professor of Oncology, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Robert Edwards, MD
Director, Ovarian Cancer Center for Excellence at the Magee-Womens Hospital, UPMC Gynecologic Cancer Program, USA

Bruno Gridelli, MD
Medical and Scientific Director of UPMC’s International and Commercial Services Division, Medical Scientific Director of Istituto Mediterraneo per I Trapianti e Terapie ad Alta Specializzazione (ISMETT), Italy

Dwight Heron, MD
Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Chairman, UPMC Shadyside Department of Radiation Oncology, USA

Margarita Zuley, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology, University of Pittsburgh
Medical Director of Breast Imaging, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, USA

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Registration for this event is closed. Visit our website at www.nroc.kz.


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Additional Questions? Contact Aigerim Kengpeiil at Aigerim.kengpeiil@nu.edu.kz
or Dana Kulenova, danchikul@gmail.com, tel +7(701) 220 65 55.