At "Chicago in the Mountains", ultramodern transmission technology will be used to make the presentations and discussions taking place at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) accessible to Swiss oncologists at a mountain hotel in Flüeli-Ranft (Obwalden, Central Switzerland). Located close to where Saint Nicholas of Flüe lived as a hermit, the hotel also offers opportunities for conclave sessions. As in previous years, the event was booked out within a very short time.
An independent program consisting of a number of pertinent highlights from the meeting has been carefully chosen and prepared by the high-caliber Scientific Committee, which comprises Prof. Jörg Beyer from Inselspital Bern, Dr. Daniel Helbling from OnkoZentrum Zürich, Prof. Thomas Ruhstaller from Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Prof. Roger von Moos from Kantonsspital Graubünden and Dr. Stefan Zimmermann from Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois CHUV.
At this year's event, held from June 2–5, the content is being bundled in a total of 12 virtual meeting sessions plus two live transmissions from Chicago. Thus "Chicago in the Mountains" will be both an intensive continuing professional development event and an invaluable discussion platform.
Prof. Roger von Moos: "Chicago in the Mountains gives Swiss oncologists a unique opportunity to catch up on the latest findings of oncological research presented at the ASCO without having to cross the Atlantic – thus also avoiding the CO2 emissions that would involve." Another advantage identified by Prof. von Moos is that attendees are not just able to follow the latest ASCO data but can also, thanks to a live link to an interview studio in Chicago, discuss the findings directly and relate them to the Swiss situation.