President's Corner

Greetings and Welcome to the Metastasis Research Society!

The goal of our organization is to promote and support the basic, translational, and clinical research that improves our understanding of the biological and molecular mechanisms that regulate metastasis. With members from around the globe, MRS is an international, multi-disciplinary organization whose members have a unique and comprehensive perspective of cancer progression and dissemination Ultimately, we strive to enable new approaches to prevent and or control metastatic disease. 

It is an absolute delight to welcome you to our new home on the web redesigned by Dr. Andries Zijlstra (Vanderbilt University) and Dr. Conor Lynch (Moffit Cancer Center). Take a second to meet experts in the field and listen to unique recordings of the greatest thinkers in our field. If you want to know more about the process of metastasis then visit our comprehensive perspective on the biology of metastasis and review some of the land-mark discoveries made during past decades. Our interest in cancer metastasis is clearly driven by a need for improved care and hope for a cure. Many of our members work closely with patients and survivors. We share some of their stories and further insight from a clinical perspective. I hope that you enjoy exploring the site and learning about the Metastasis Research Society (MRS) and our efforts to understand and treat cancer metastasis.

MRS members are engaged in studies that run the gamut of metastasis research – from the molecular basis of tumor cell invasion to clinical management of disseminated cancer. Through our meetingspublications, and new online forums, the MRS provides a community that thrives on the exchange of findings, knowledge and ideas between scientists and clinicians worldwide. A distinctive feature of our culture is the commitment of MRS members to developing the next generation of metastasis researchers as part of our Early Career Ambassadors of the MRS (E.C.A.M.). Under the leadership of Dr. Lalita Shevde-Samant (Univ. of Alabama) and the Early Career Leadership Council (E.C.L.C), our junior members have unique opportunities to evolve their leadership skills and network within the cancer research community.

Every two years the society organizes an international conference to catalyze the exchange of information and spark collaboration among scientist engaged in metastasis research. These meetings were initiated in 1984 by Dr. Kurt Hellman, founder of the MRS, and have been held biannually every since. We hope to see you at our next conference organized by Dr. Jonathan Sleeman (University of Heidelberg) taking place June 28 - July 1, 2014 in Heidelberg (Germany). 

In closing, it is a distinct honor to work and serve in the leadership of the MRS.  If you are not a member already, I hope that you will join our global research family and consider membership. 



Carrie Rinker-Schaeffer, Ph.D.

Director of Urologic Research
Professor of Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Chicago, Chicago, USA