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Kidney Cancer Society doctors still depend on NIU Conference Services for annual meetings

February 27, 2012

Photo of an auditorium with four chairs and a lectern on the stageAn estimated 2,400 doctors are descending on cities around the world to talk about nothing short of the cure for cancer, and NIU Conference Services will be there to make sure their meetings run smoothly.

Since 2008, NIU Conference Services has been the sole conference services management provider to the Kidney Cancer Association (KCA), a global charitable organization made up of patients, family members, physicians, researchers, and other health professionals.

The KCA funds, promotes and collaborates with the National Cancer Institute, American Society for Clinical Oncology, American Urological Association and other institutions on research projects. It also educates families and physicians, and serves as an advocate on behalf of patients at the state and federal levels.

Brian Vollmert, director of Continuing Professional Education & Conference Services, sees the collaboration with KCA as a great example of NIU’s international impact.

“Beginning with KCA’s 2006 inaugural International Symposium in Spain, we have served them in France, Italy, Germany, England and Poland.”

This year, Conference Services will manage events in Vienna, Chicago, Singapore, Budapest, and Buenos Aires.

Matt Volk

Matt Volk

Conference planning in Asia and South America represents a new market for NIU’s Conference Services, but Matt Volk, director of Conference Services, and his staff are excited about the new challenges and opportunities.

“More often than not, clients contract with us for a full suite of services including site selection review and recommendations, full advance and onsite registration services, marketing support, continuing education credit coordination, travel arrangements, assessment and sourcing local vendors,” Volk says. “When we get an opportunity to add the complexities of a global project, it certainly keeps things interesting.”

The KCA conference will focus on the latest surgical techniques and drug therapies for renal cell carcinoma, a type of kidney cancer that affects the small tubes in kidneys that filter blood. Renal cell carcinoma accounts for 80 percent of kidney cancer cases.

In many symposia, researchers will report new clinical trial data to the medical community for the first time. These meetings will help make new treatment protocols available to physicians and their patients.

A part of the Division of Outreach, Engagement, and Information Technologies, NIU Conference Services manages an average of 450 conferences, fairs, trades hows and other events each year. Last year, 32,757 people participated in meetings in 12 states and 10 foreign countries. Very positive evaluations indicate that Conference Services’ clients appreciate their world-class efficiency.