The Asia Cohort Consortium

ACC Meetings

Fall 2008 Meeting in Beijing, China

Beijing, China: October 9-10, 2008

We look forward to seeing ACC members and observers in Beijing for the 9th ACC meeting.


If you plan to attend the meeting, please RSVP at your earliest convenience to the Coordinating Center.

Purpose of the Meeting:

To update members on ACC developments, including cohort progress and cross-cohort activities, and discuss advances in the field which further the ACC mission. Individuals interested in attending or presenting at the meeting should contact the Coordinating Center at for further details.

Meeting Times:

  • The General ACC Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 9th from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. A group dinner will be held after the meeting adjourns.
  • The BMI Working Group Meeting will be held on Friday, October 10th from 8:00 AM to noon.

These times are tentative and subject to slight adjustments. To be added to the mailing list to receive changes, please email the Coordinating Center.

General Membership Meeting Agenda (Thursday, October 9)

Meeting Room 405:

07:30 - 08:00 Breakfast and Greeting
08:00 - 08:15 Welcome - Dr. Keun-Young Yoo
08:15 - 09:00 Introductions, Cohort, CC and WG Updates, Paolo Boffetta on AACR global cohort efforts - Dr. John Potter
09:00 - 10:00 Nutrition project presentation - Dr. Alan Kristal and Dr. Rashmi Sinha
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:15 Discussion led by Paolo Boffetta regarding use of filter papers and other bio-specimen discussion - Dr. Paolo Boffetta
11:15 - 12:00 Discussion of possible new pilot projects - Dr. John Potter
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch (on-site)
13:00 - 14:00 General ACC business - Betsy Rolland
  • Goals and objectives for 2009
  • Funding for the CC for 2010
  • External communications strategy
  • Location and goals for April 2009 meeting
  • Portal overview
  • Executive Committee and Steering Committee Leadership
  • Cohort Consortium (NCI) partnership
14:00 - 15:00 Discussion of new-cohort packet and strategy for recruiting new cohorts to the ACC - Dr. John Potter
18:00 - 20:00 Group Dinner at local restaurant - Hosted by Dr. You-lin Qiao

Cohorts Meeting Agenda (Thursday, October 9)

Meeting Room 405:

15:00 - 15:30 Break (snacks provided)
15:30 - 19:00 Discussions: Topics to be determined, but including harmonization efforts, coordinating center funding and nutrition project
19:00 - 21:00 Group Dinner at local restaurant - Hosted by Dr. John Potter

BMI Working Group Meeting Agenda (Friday, October 10)

Meeting Room TBA:

08:00 - 12:00 data analysis, publication policies and next steps in the pilot project

Host Information:

Dr. You-Lin Qiao
Chief, Department of Cancer Epidemiology

Department of Cancer Epidemiology
Cancer Institute
Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College
17# South Pan Jia Yuan Lane
Beijing 100021, China
Phone Number: 86-10-8778-8489

Asia Pacific Organization for Cancer Prevention:

The 4th APOCP General Assembly Conference will be held in Beijing, October 11th - October 13th, following the ACC meeting.

Hotel Information:

Beijing Guangxi Hotel

26, Huawei Lane Panjiayuan, Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100021, China
Tel: +86 10 67796688
Hotel name & address in Chinese:
 name: 北京广西大厦
 address: 北京市朝阳区潘家园华威里26号

To make your reservation, please contact Ms. Hao Liang at and CC with your name and the dates needed. A discounted rate is available, which includes internet access and breakfast. In your reservation request please be sure to mention that you are an ACC member, eligible for this discounted rate.


Taxis are available at ground transportation. From the Beijing Capital International Airport to the Beijing Guangxi Hotel the trip should take approximately a half hour. Taxis are metered, however additional highway and bridge fees may apply.

The hotel can also be reached by bus and a brief taxi ride. The Airport Bus No. 1 travels between the airport and Fangzhuang from 6:00 am to 7:30 pm. Exit the bus at the 5th stop "King Wing Hot Spring International Hotel". From this stop, it is a short taxi ride to the Beijing Guangxi Hotel.

A print-out of hotel and transportation information, including a map, is available as a word document here.

Visa Information:

All meeting attendees will require a business visa for entry into China. As part of the visa application requirements, meeting attendees will need to obtain a government issued letter of invitation.

In order to request a letter of invitation, the following information is required:

  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number
  • Profession (Title/Position)
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Arrival and departure dates
  • CV
  • Your mailing address

The APOCP conference organizer, Mr. Jiang, will be assisting attendees with the submission of information to the Chinese Foreign Affairs Office. To ensure that your letter of invitation will be process in time, please send this information as soon as possible directly to Mr. Jiang at or at this address:

Mr. Yong Jiang

Department of Cancer Epidemiology, Cancer Hospital & Institute
Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College
17# South Pan Jia Yuan Lane
Beijing 100021, China

Only original letters of invitation will be accepted when submitting your visa application. Therefore, please be sure to provide a mailing address where the original letter can be sent to you.

The Coordinating Center recommends submitting your visa application as soon as you receive your letter of invitation. Please contact your local Chinese embassy or consulate for additional visa requirements.