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imageGeneral Information:

All participants, invited speakers including volunteers have to register online.

Important Dates
Abstract Submission Deadline: July 15th, 2016
Early Registration Reduced Payment Deadline: May 1st, 2016
Regular Registration and Payment Deadline: August 15th, 2016

Onsite price from August 16th through August  31st via the website, onsite at the Congress.

TRAVEL VISA : If you are traveling with a passport which requires a visa to United States, then the organizers strongly recommend you start your visa process immediately.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to assure presentation and publication in the Abstract Book, submitters must have completed registration and payment by July 15th, 2016.

Official Language
The official language of the Congress is English. No translation will be provided.

The Organizing Committee will not be held responsible for any loss, accident and damage that might occur during the Congress and traveling: participants are recommended to be insured.

Congress Contacts

Email: info@isobm2016congress.com

Congress Venue
The Congress Plaza Hotel
Address: 520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
GPS coordinates: Latitude: 41.875395 Longitude: -87.624332
Phone:+1-312 427-3800

Opening hours during the Congress

Day Date Event Time
Wednesday 31st August Registration (Congress Hotel) 15:00-21:00
Thursday 1st September Day 1 (Congress Hotel & Reception at Hancock) 08:00-22:00
Friday 2nd September Day 2 (Congress Hotel & University of Illinois at Chicago) 08:00-22:00
Saturday 3rd September Day 3 (Congress Hotel & Lake Michigan Boat Cruise) 08:00-23:00
Sunday 4th September Day 4 (Congress Hotel) 08:00-21:00
Monday 5th September Day 5 (Congress Hotel & Gala Dinner) 08:00-23:00
Tuesday 6th September Day 6 (Congress Hotel) 08:00-13:00

*Registration will be open every day of the meeting, Day-pass will be available onsite with credit card payment.

Congress Documents/Badge

The congress documents and badges must be picked up on site at the registration desk, at the Congress venue upon arrival.

The exhibition area will be located next to the congress halls at the Rendezvous Area along with the Congress refreshments (coffee, tea, etc.). The registration desk will also be in the Rendezvous Area.

Shipment of exhibition material
Exhibition setup can start as early as 8:00 AM Wednesday, August 31st, 2016.  It is the exhibitor responsibility for delivering promotion and exhibition materials.

Dress Code:

Formal: For women dress and dress shoes; for men Tuxedo and dress shoes.

Corporate Casual: For women dress, nice top and skirt, top and nice slacks with dress shoes. For men suit, sport coat, tie, dress shirt, slacks with dress shoes.

Casual: For men and women comfortable dress , T-shirts, Jeans, tennis/running shoes, sandals.

Dress Code for Students: 

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Currency Exchange 
There are numerous banks and exchange offices where you can exchange money. The majority of American hotels and businesses accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, American Express, Diners).

Who should attend

Towards Precision Medicine: From Biomarker Discovery to Novel Therapies

The International Society of Oncology and BioMarkers 2016 Congress Organisers invite those who are interested in all aspects of cancer research, cancer biomarkers, and cancer clinical trials, and in particular:

Cancer Scientists: Basic Cancer and Clinical Cancer Researchers
Physicians specialising in: Oncology, Surgical Oncology,  Radiotherapy, Hematology, Immunology, Pathology, Urology, Gynaecology, Head & Neck Cancers, Gastroenterology, Lung Cancers, Melanomas, Skin Cancers, Soft Tissue Sarcomas, Neuro-Oncology, Genetics of Cancer,  Family Medicine, Epidemiology, others.
Professional Therapists
Nurses: Oncology
Medical Laboratory Specialists
Students of: Medicine / Biology / Biotechnology
Companies involved with: Anticancer Drugs, Drug Development, Biomarker Development, Diagnostic Tools / Reagents / Equipment, Life Technologies, Tumor Markers, Molecular Diagnostics, Cancer Research Tools / Reagents / Equipment, Biotech, Bioinformatics, IT for Research etc.

Cancellation and refund policy

All cancellations (registration) must be e-mailed to: info@isobm2016congress.com
Registration refunds are available; 80% before July 1st, 60% by August 1st, and no refund after August 1st.

Please note: The publication of abstracts is subject to complete registration payment !

Hotel Booking Link:

Please click on the reservation link below to receive the discounted rates for the ISOBM 2016 Congress attendees.


Chicago Airport Transportation:


How to Get to the Hotel:

There are many ways to get to the Congress hotel from Midway and O’Hare airports.

CTA:  The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) trains which a Chicagoan call the “L” are the best, easiest and most convenient especially in traffic and rush hours. You can buy a Ventra ticket that’s good on all CTA trains and buses. Current options include a Single-Ride CTA Ticket (includes 2 transfers to bus and/or another train ride within two hours) or a 1-Day CTA Ticket (good for unlimited rides for one person for 24 hours).

There are vending machines at the stations which accept cash, coins, credit or debit cards.

CTA Single-Ride Ventra Ticket at O’Hare: $ 5

CTA Single-Ride Ventra Ticket: $ 3  

1-Day Ventra Ticket: $ 10

From O’Hare: Take the Blue Line to the “Jackson” stop and exit underground train station. Walk South 2 blocks to Congress Parkway, then 3 blocks East to the hotel. You can also take a taxi from the train station to the hotel.
From Midway: Take the Orange Line to the “Library” stop and exit the elevated train platform. Walk South 1 block to Congress Parkway, then 2 blocks East to the hotel. You can take a taxi instead of walking.

Airport shuttle: Airport shuttles provide safe, reliable and affordable shared ride door-to-door shuttle to the hotel.

From Midway: Airport shuttles depart from Midway airport every 15 minutes for downtown service to Chicago hotels. The airport express ticket counter and loading zone is located at Door 3 (Southwest Airlines), lower level across from baggage claim.

From O’Hare: Airport shuttles depart from O’Hare airport every 10-15 minutes for downtown Chicago. Loading zones for boarding the Airport Express shuttle are at Terminal 1 by Door E (United Airlines), Terminal 2 by Door D (Continental, US Airways, Northwest, Air Canada), Terminal 3 by Door E (Alaska, American, Delta, Iberia) and Terminal 5 outside Door D (International Airlines) across from baggage claim on the Baggage Claim level. At the international terminal, they are located just outside Door 1E which is just outside of baggage claim and customs. The last Airport Express van leaves O’Hare at 11:30 pm seven nights a week.

Single ride from O’Hare: from $23.00
Single ride from Midway: from $18.00

Taxi Cab: Taxi service is available to the city of Chicago and the Congress hotel. Taxi stands are located at the lower-level curb front (outside of Baggage Claim) at each terminal. Please make sure to use the designated Taxi Stands to ensure you have a licensed driver. For your protection, do not accept rides from drivers outside the cab stand. All taxis should have a working meter to calculate the fare based on time and mileage. Fares are based on traffic conditions, but an average fare from O’Hare to downtown Chicago is $30-40 and from Midway to downtown Chicago is $28-30.

Car rental: You can rent a car at both airports but this is not recommended in Chicago. Traffic in the downtown is always heavy and finding a parking space usually a problem. Also, Chicago has one of the bests public transportation of trains, buses and taxis.

Wishing you a very pleasant stay in Chicago

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