NAACCR 2018 Annual Conference

NAACCR 2018 Annual Conference


June 9 – 14, 2018
“Bridging the Path to the Future of Cancer Surveillance”

Slides for 2018 Oral Presentations and photos will be available soon.


The theme for 2018 was: “Bridging the Path to the Future of Cancer Surveillance.”

The 2018 conference provided attendees with the opportunity to learn from national experts in cancer surveillance, cancer registry operations, and cancer research.

Sessions explored the new era in cancer surveillance from multiple perspectives in North America.



We would like to thank our colleagues at the Pennsylvania Cancer Registry for hosting the 2018 NAACCR Annual Conference in beautiful downtown Pittsburgh!


Agenda & Workshops

View the 2018 Final Program:

View conference workshop details and register:

View the 2018 Poster Abstract Presentations

NAACCR invites you to an exciting 3-day software hackathon to develop innovative software tools for cancer control and prevention.

NAACCR invites you to participate in the 2018 Annual Conference as a sponsor and/or exhibitor.

  • Strengthen existing relationships and develop new ones
  • Showcase your products and services
  • Connect with leaders and decision makers of the cancer surveillance community
  • Support NAACCR in its mission

NAACCR Booth at the 2017 Annual Conference in AlbuquerqueDon’t miss it!
For over 30 years, the NAACCR annual conference has attracted cancer researchers, surveillance professionals, and representatives from government agencies, hospitals, and medical associations from the U.S., Canada, and all over the world. The Pittsburgh conference is sure to attract long-time cancer surveillance experts and rising, future leaders. We want you to be a part of it!

Support NAACCR in its mission to:
Develop and promote uniform data standards for cancer registration; provide education and training; certify population-based registries; aggregate and publish data from central cancer registries; and promote the use of cancer surveillance data and systems for cancer control and epidemiologic research, public health programs, and patient care to reduce the burden of cancer in North America.

General Information

Exhibits and posters will be located in the ballroom where breakfasts and breaks are served.

Both exhibitors and sponsors are eligible for the NAACCR member early registration fee of $495 per person for individuals who staff the booth for your organization (a $180 discount off the regular, non-member rate). To expedite the registration process, it is imperative that you pre-register all staff from your organization who will be attending the conference, whether attending the sessions and/or manning the booth space. This year, staffers will simply be able to choose the Exhibitor rate when registering for the conference no code needed. We will then have their name badge and conference materials ready for them when they arrive to ensure a speedy and hassle free check-in. Name badges will not be issued to non-registered exhibitor staff.

Exciting New Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities:
The NAACCR Annual Conference is offering new sponsorship opportunities and streamlined exhibitor registration this year that includes registration for one exhibit attendee.

Sponsorship Levels and Exhibit Information

Partner Level $7500 USD (Exclusive sponsorship opportunity)*

– Six complimentary conference registrations

– Sponsorship of the Splash Screen when opening the Conference Mobile Application

– Partner Level designation at exhibit booth

– Standard Booth Package in premium location

– Logo on monitor at registration area

– Acknowledgement from podium as a Partner Level Sponsor

Partner Sponsor designation ribbon for representatives

– Company logo and link on NAACCR Conference web page until December 31, 2018

– Organization listing and logo featured in the Final Conference Program as a Partner Level Sponsor

– Sponsor “Thank You” link on the NAACCR conference page

Contributor Level $2500 USD (Three opportunities available)*

– Banner Ad at the bottom of the Conference Mobile Application (choose Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday)

– Logo on monitor at registration area

– Acknowledgment from podium

– Standard Booth Package

Includes one conference registration

– Organization listing and logo featured in the Final Conference Program as a Contributor Level Sponsor

– Sponsor “Thank You” link on the NAACCR conference page

– Conference registrations at $495/attendee

Technology Spotlight $2000 USD*

– 15 minute talking spot in the Exhibit Hall during a scheduled Session Break

– A/V equipment included (monitor, podium, mic, laptop, speaker system)

– Signage, seating included

– Time and location of Technology Spotlight listed in the Final Conference Program

– Organization listing and logo featured in the Final Conference Program

Exhibitor $1000 – $1,500

– Standard Booth Package and one conference registration available for $1000 –or

– Double Booth Package and one conference registration available for $1500

– Organization’s Listing and Logo featured in the Final Conference Program

– Additional conference registrations available for $495

*Registration for these opportunities closes on May 1, 2018.


  • 10′ x 10′ booth space
  • 6′ draped table
  • Two side chairs
  • 8′ high back drape
  • 3′ high side drape
  • One wastebasket
  • 7” x 44” Sign


  • 20′ x 10′ booth space
  • Two 6′ draped tables
  • Two side chairs
  • 8′ high back drape
  • 3′ high side drape
  • One wastebasket
  • 7” x 44” Sign

Conference registration will open in February. The $495 rate for additional exhibitors will be available as an option during checkout.


Monday, June 11 – Set-up 1:00pm – 5:00pm*

Monday, June 11 – Showcase 5:30am – 7:00pm*

Tues., June 12 – Display hours 7:00am – 5:00pm*

Wed., June 13 – Display hours 7:00am – 12:00pm*

Thurs., June 14 – Display hours 7:00am – 3:30pm*

Thurs., June 14 – Dismantle 3:30pm – 4:00pm*

*Times are subject to change

Select nights at the Wyndham Grand are booked. If you are unable to reserve a room please see below to reserve a room at the Omni William Penn.

Hotel & Travel

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
600 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 391-4600


A block of guest rooms will be reserved for participants of the NAACCR 2018 Conference and Pre-conference workshops. NAACCR has negotiated a discounted rate for the conference. Rooms are subject to availability.

Discounted NAACCR Conference Rates
Single: $165.00 USD
Double: $165.00 USD

All rates are subject to applicable taxes. Please note that these rates are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Make this downtown Pittsburgh hotel home base for exploring this thriving epicenter for sports, arts, culture and outdoor activities. From cultural discoveries to sporting events, fine dining to family fun, Pittsburgh’s bustling downtown landscape offers entertainment for all tastes. Peruse one of the city’s renowned museums; soar to the top of Mt. Washington in a wooden cable car on the Duquesne Incline, cheer on the Pens, Pirates and Steelers; celebrate with friends during one of our many annual festivals and sample the local cuisine of our up-and-coming culinary stars.  (Source: Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Hotel)

Map and Directions   |   Services and Amenities

Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(800) 809-6664

Or Call (800) 843-6664 to book. Located approximately 0.6 mile from the conference venue Wyndham Grand. Click map to enlarge.

Website   |   Accommodations 


Directions from airport to Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Hotel: Exit airport via Airport Blvd. Keep left at fork, follow signs for I-376 E/I-79E/Pittsburgh/Pennsylvania Turnpike E and merge onto I-376 E. Drive approximately 17 miles on I-376 E through Fort Pitt Tunnels. Once on bridge, take exit 70A for Liberty Ave. Turn left onto Commonwealth Place. Hotel will be on your right.


Transportation and Shuttle Options

Taxis from the airport to the Wyndham hotel will cost approximately $40-$45. The hotel does not provide a free shuttle.

Shared Ride Service      

SuperShuttle Pittsburgh – (800) 258-3826

Taxi Service Operators

Checker Cab – (412) 664-5600

Cranberry Taxi Inc. dba Veterans Taxi – (412) 481-8387

Yellow Cab Co. of Pittsburgh – (412) 321-8100

zTrip – (412) 777-7777

Student and general abstract submission period is now closed.

The theme this year is: “Bridging the Path to the Future of Cancer Surveillance.” The 2018 conference will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from national experts in cancer surveillance, cancer registry operations, and cancer research. Sessions will explore the new era in cancer surveillance from multiple perspectives in North America.

Track 1: Cancer and Diversity

  • Special populations
  • Cancer and socioeconomic status
  • Cancer in immigrant populations
  • Cancer in sexual and gender minorities

Track 2: New Directions

  • Visioning the future of cancer surveillance
  • Big Data: Ownership, linkages, formats, challenges, successes
  • Implementing the XML data exchange standard and implications
  • Tissue repositories, biomarkers, prognostic factors
  • Technologic and scientific advances and innovations

Track 3: Registries Speak: Challenges and Solutions in Data Management

  • Data consolidation
  • Using ancillary systems for core data management
  • Using credit and other systems for follow-up
  • Overcoming the SSN dilemma

Track 4: Update on Standards and Staging

  • Implementation of staging in 2018
  • New data standards 2018
  • Collaborative trainings
  • Analysis of stage data
  • New tools for staging
  • SSDI data items

Track 5: Data Collection and Operations

  • Data quality, control, and standards
  • Innovative data collection

Track 6: Data Analysis

  • Innovative analytical methods and analyses
  • Analytic epidemiology
  • Geographic Information Systems and mapping
  • Cancer clusters: Analytical and political challenges
  • Tools for data analysis

Track 7: Cancer Epidemiology

  • Cancers with changing patterns
  • Pediatric cancer
  • Epidemiologic studies using registry data
  • Over-diagnosis of cancer 


Submission Deadlines Were:

Poster and Oral Presentation Abstracts:

Monday, January 15, 2018 (11:59 pm Eastern Time or 8:59 pm Pacific Time).

Students: Monday, March 26, 2018 (11:59 pm Eastern Time or 8:59 pm Pacific Time).

The submission period is now closed.  Please consider submitting an abstract for 2019 in the fall of this year. 

Accepted abstracts and posters will be posted on the NAACCR website after the conference. Please note that only registered conference participants may present at an oral session or display a poster.

For questions regarding the electronic submission of abstracts, please contact Kat Duda at Venue West Conference Services Ltd. [email protected]; 1-866-481-5226. If you have any questions about the Call for Abstracts, please email Wendy Aldinger, Program Committee Chair, at [email protected].  Thank you for your participation and see you in Pittsburgh!


Wendy Aldinger, RHIA, CTR
Registry Manager, Pennsylvania Cancer Registry
Chair, 2018 NAACCR Program Committee

2018 NAACCR Program Committee

  • Chair: Wendy Aldinger – Pennsylvania Cancer Registry
  • Vickie Benard – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Charlie Blackburn – NAACCR
  • Castine Clerkin – NAACCR
  • Brenda Edwards – National Cancer Institute
  • Susan Gershman – Massachusetts Cancer Registry
  • Jim Hofferkamp – NAACCR
  • Ahmedin Jemal – American Cancer Society
  • Betsy Kohler – NAACCR
  • Mary Lewis – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Angela Martin – NAACCR
  • Lisa Paddock – New Jersey Cancer Registry
  • Rich Pinder – Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program
  • Lynne Penberthy – National Cancer Institute
  • Lisa Richardson – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Randi Rycroft – Colorado Central Cancer Registry
  • Antoinette Stroup – New Jersey Cancer Registry
  • Heather Stuart-Panko – Saskatchewan Cancer Agency
  • Sharon Winters – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Chuck Wiggins – New Mexico Tumor Registry
  • Evelyn Talbott – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Monica Thornton – NAACCR
  • Melanie Williams – Texas Cancer Registry


Conference Planner Support to Program Committee

  • Kat Duda – Venue West Ltd.
  • Francesca Velotti – Venue West Ltd.

Conference Activities

*This page will be updated with additional activities/information when it become available.

Explore Pittsburgh Bike Tour: Wednesday, June 13, 4:00-6:00 pm

Explore Pittsburgh Bike Tour group travelling riverside

The Explore Pittsburgh Bike Tour connects riders to the riverfront trails while highlighting Pittsburgh’s current developments as well as its history. Knowledgeable guides will provide you with a unique perspective of the City of Champyinz! They run an easy and enjoyable tour pace suitable for everyone to enjoy. The saddle time will be roughly 2 hours with stops along the way. Participants will meet Golden Triangle Bike Company in the Point State Park directly across from the Wyndham Grand Hotel at 3:20 pm. Specific instructions will be provided via email before the event. This event requires registration and payment by Wednesday, June 6, 2018. The maximum number of riders is 40. Spaces will be confirmed on a first come first served basis. A waiver must be printed, signed, and provided when you arrive at the check-in location.

The cost is $35 per person and includes bike and helmet rental, and a bottle of water. Registration is open and should be completed through the NAACCR website to ensure you are included in the conference group.

Please print and sign the waiver prior to arriving at the check-in location:

9th Annual NAACCR Fun Walk/Run: Thursday, June 14, 6:30 am

Join us for the 9th Annual NAACCR Fun Walk/Run. This is an early morning, approximately 2 mile, informal, group walk/run through the local neighborhood. Maps will be provided.

Meet in the conference hotel lobby at 6:30 am on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Let’s rise and shine and get our exercise on!

Things to Do in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a must-see destination. Most recently, Harper’s Bazaar named Pittsburgh one of the Best Places to Travel in 2017. With all of the outstanding attractions, award-winning restaurants, world-class accommodations and so much more, it’s not surprising. Below are a couple options for enjoying this award-winning city. The following events are not arranged through NAACCR. Registration and event information must be obtained through each web site.

Mighty. Beautiful. Downtown Pittsburgh

Click to request a free copy of the 2018 Pittsburgh visitor’s guide or click on 2018 Official Visitor’s Guide! to download a guide.

Take a step back in time on a century-old cable car and see the best views of downtown Pittsburgh while riding one of the few remaining inclines in the country. Opened on May 20, 1877, the Duquesne Incline was rescued and restored by a group of local residents in 1963 and still delights residents and visitors with its original, elegant, wooden cable cars. Now you can visit the interior of the incline and watch the machinery while it operates.

For the best in Pittsburgh Riverboat Tours, cruise with Gateway Clipper Fleet. For over 50 years we have been sailing the Three Rivers hosting Pittsburgh Sightseeing and Dining Cruises. We also present breathtaking Pittsburgh Weddings, elegant Corporate Outings, and fun School & Social Events with the picturesque city skyline as the backdrop. Join us and experience the best Pittsburgh tours. It only happens out on the water!

Explore Pittsburgh’s rich tradition of innovation and discover 250 years of Western Pennsylvania history. The Heinz History Center is Pennsylvania’s largest history museum and a proud affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.  Enjoy six floors of exhibitions that present the most compelling stories from American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection.

Just Ducky Tours takes riders on Pittsburgh’s only fully-narrated one hour land and water adventure! Each excursion begins in historic Station Square before waddling through town then splashing into the river for the ride of your life in an authentic WWII amphibious vehicle. Along the way, you’ll see the sights and sounds of our great city, and its important role in history!

The Strip District is Pittsburgh’s must visit neighborhood beloved by locals and sought out by tourists for incredible food, great shops, and so much more.

The Andy Warhol Museum tells Andy Warhol’s story and
explores his legacy through the latest collection of Warhol art and archives in the world.

Visit Pittsburgh’s best attraction and the most-visited museum, with four floors of interactive exhibits. Marvel at astronomy in Buhl Planetarium, discover the science behind robotics in roboworld®, and learn about the human body in BodyWorks. Watch hair-raising live shows and discover an array of programs for the entire family. Take a step back in time aboard our Cold War-era submarine, watch model trains chug through western Pennsylvania in our Miniature Railroad & Village®, or catch a movie on Pittsburgh’s largest movie screen at The Rangos Giant Cinema! And, if you are looking for physical activity, test your bravery on our Ropes Challenge, one of the many sports-related activities in Highmark SportsWorks®. There’s no shortage of fun things to do in our museum.

2019 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
June 8-15, 2019
Single/Double Room Rate: $199 US

2020 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 21-26, 2020
Single/Double Room Rate: $209 US

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