Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos

  • Description
  • Agenda
  • Committee
  • Registration
  • Abstracts
  • Lodging
  • Visit S.A.
  • Exhibitors
  • Travel Awards

Course Description

The Mays Cancer Center and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio are hosting the second international conference on Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos on February 26-28, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas.

This conference comes at an especially important time when Latinos – the largest, youngest and fastest-growing minority group in the U.S. – are expected to face a 142% rise in cancer cases in coming years. Disparities continue to plague this population in access to care, risk factor behaviors, mortality, and quality of life. Our vision has been to unite researchers, scientists, physicians, healthcare professionals, patient advocates and students from across the nation and beyond, in an open dialogue, under one roof, to discuss research advancements to date, identify gaps, and develop actionable goals to translate basic research into clinical best practices, effective community interventions, and professional training programs to eliminate cancer disparities in Latinos.

We hope you will join us in February 2020 to gain a comprehensive perspective on Latino cancer health disparities, learn how you can apply some of this research and practice into your own work, and help us foster more collaboration, more research and more success in improving the health and lives of Latinos.

Grant Support
This activity is supported by an education grants provided by Celgene, Novartis, and Pfizer.

Registration Rates
Attendee registration includes admission to all general sessions, lunch sessions, poster and rapid-fire sessions. Registration also includes breakfast and lunch on February 26, breakfast and lunch on February 27 and breakfast on February 28, as well as refreshment breaks for the duration of the meeting. All fees are listed in U.S. Dollars (USD).

Please note that registration will close at 11:59pm CST on Monday February 24, 2020.

Early Bird Fee
(until December 13, 2019)
Regular Fee
(after December 13, 2019)
General Admission
Patient Advocates2

1Students must show a valid student ID at the time of badge pick-up.
2Patient Advocates must send a biography and pamphlet of your organization to for verification.

Cancellation Policy
If you must cancel, the registration fee will be refunded less a $50 handling charge if notice is received by 11:59pm CST on Friday January 31, 2020. Cancellations received after Friday January 31, 2020 will not be refunded.


Continuing Medical Education
The UT Health San Antonio Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts certificates of attendance for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.   

Healthcare professionals receiving a certificate of attendance should consult with their licensing board for information on applicability and acceptance. Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 


Continuing Medical Education Office
Phone: 1(866) 601-4448 or (210)567-4491



The Scientific Planning Committee is pleased to invite attendees to contribute abstracts for the second international conference on Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos to be held on February 26-28, 2020 in San Antonio, TX.

We invite abstract submissions on a range of topics in cancer care ranging from prevention to early detection and treatment to survivorship. The conference theme, “Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos”, offers the opportunity to explore inter-relationships between basic research, clinical science and community level interventions to provide the best cancer care and support for Latino cancer patients, family, and survivors. The Scientific Planning Committee has identified four broad themes for all abstract submissions:


Poster Session. All abstracts will be reviewed and scored by the Scientific Planning Committee and considered for poster presentation. Posters will be available for viewing during the poster session on Thursday February 27, 2020, where all conference attendees will be able to network informally.

Rapid Fire Session. In order to encourage participation from early career investigators and provide an opportunity and platform to present their work, a new feature of the 2020 conference program will be the Rapid Fire Session, scheduled to take place on Wednesday February 26, 2020. This session will highlight a limited number of highly rated abstracts, as selected by the Scientific Planning Committee, represented as oral presentations only (no poster). Each presenter will give a 5-minute oral presentation followed by a general Q&A with the audience.

Please check out our Call for Abstracts for more information and use the Abstract Template for your submission:
Call for Abstracts
Abstract Template

Questions? Contact our team at


Marriott Plaza San Antonio

555 S. Alamo St
San Antonio, TX 78205

The Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos conference will be held at the beautiful Marriott Plaza San Antonio, located in the heart of Alamo city. Sitting on 6 acres of natural, lush Texas landscape, the hotel boasts plenty of shade from cypress and palm trees for a casual stroll. Just 2 blocks from the famous River Walk, the Marriott Plaza offers guests convenient access to the “Cradle of Texas Liberty”. La Villita Historic Art Village, Hemisfair Park and Tower of Americas are also nearby.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Plaza San Antonio for conference attendees at a reduced conference rate. To receive this room rate, reservations must be made by Sunday January 26, 2020. After this date, reservations will be subject to space and rate availability.

Standard King Room: $169.00
Double room: $169.00


Please use the link below or contact the Reservations Department directly at 1-800-228-9290 to request accommodations. When making reservations, please be sure to mention that you will be attending the Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos conference.


Valet parking, fee: 30 USD daily
On-site parking, fee: 25 USD daily
Parking is limited and based on availability. Please see front desk before self-parking.


The Marriott Plaza San Antonio does not provide airport shuttle service. The hotel is located 9 miles South of the San Antonio International Airport (SAT).




EXPLORE San Antonio


San Antonio is a tapestry of Mexican and American history. From exciting events to restaurants and attractions, San Antonio offers a unique diversity. But the city is also known for its beauty, with excellent examples of Southwestern architecture and a plush landscape rarely seen in such an arid environment, due in part to the San Antonio River that runs through the downtown area. Whether you simply want to remember the Alamo, stroll down the famous River Walk in Downtown San Antonio or sample the Tex-Mex cuisine, you'll find this Texas vacation spot has a charm that is distinct from any other American city. To explore San Antonio's attractions, local culture, restaurants, shopping, events and more, visit


The Mays Cancer Center and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio are excited to welcome sponsors and exhibitors to participate in the second international conference on Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos taking place, February 26-28, 2020, at the Marriott Plaza in downtown San Antonio, Texas.

It is with the support of our sponsors and exhibitors that we have been able to host this important meeting and tackle the issue of Latino cancer from all angles. With nearly 325 academic and private researchers, physicians, and professionals with backgrounds in clinical, translational and basic research from across the country expected to attend, this conference will give sponsors and exhibitors the perfect opportunity to network and demonstrate their company's products and services. With several levels of support and advertising opportunities, there are numerous ways your company can increase its message to our members and conference attendees.

At the Mays Cancer Center, our mission is to alleviate the burden of cancer through the highest quality patient care, scientific discovery and integrity, and this conference is an exceptional opportunity to step in that direction. We hope that you will join us at this conference as a proud sponsor and/or exhibitor!

Please check out our Sponsor/Exhibitor Package for more information:

2020 Conference Sponsor/Exhibitor Package

Feel free to get in touch with us at if you have any questions!



The Scientific Planning Committee is pleased to offer a limited number of travel scholarships for Patient Advocates and Early Career Investigators, to attend the 2020 Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos conference.

Patient Advocates
We encourage Patient Advocates to apply for a travel scholarship. Our goal is to select scholarship recipients who will leverage acquired knowledge to identify and participate in advocacy opportunities in their organizations and communities.

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • A U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident
  • A Patient Advocate (see definition below)
  • Currently working or volunteering in cancer advocacy
  • Available to attend the entire conference

NCI Definitions:

Patient Advocate
– A person who helps guide a patient through the healthcare system. This includes help going through the screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of a medical condition, such as cancer. A patient advocate helps patients communicate with their healthcare providers so they get the information they need to make decisions about their health care. Patient advocates may also help patients set up appointments for doctor visits and medical tests and get financial, legal, and social support. They may also work with insurance companies, employers, case managers, lawyers, and others who may have an effect on a patient’s healthcare needs.

If you meet these eligibility requirements, CLICK HERE to apply. Early application submissions are encouraged!


Early Career Investigators
Our goal is to support early-career investigator’s cancer-research related career development. To do so, two types of travel scholarship options are available.

  1. Travel scholarships offered by the Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos Scientific Planning Committee.
  2. Travel scholarships offered by the NCI supported Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) Region 3.

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • A U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident
  • Currently conducting or interested in cancer research (e.g. clinical, basic, behavioral or population science)
  • Available to attend the entire conference

Please review the decision tree to determine which travel scholarship is right for you.

If you qualify for the Early Career Investigator travel scholarship, CLICK HERE to apply.

If you qualify for the GMaP Region 3 travel scholarship, CLICK HERE  to apply.


If you have any questions, please contact us at