History

 For over 45 years, the IASLC has been a resource, a collaborator and a home for the global lung cancer community. 

 Find out more about our unique story and the people who have helped to shape it through the decades. 

IASLC's History

In 1972, in response to the overwhelming need for collaboration and a growing concern for public health, Drs. David T. Carr, Oleg S. Selawry, Lawrence Broder, Clifton Mountain and George Higgins began building an international, multidisciplinary organization. In 1974, the group launched the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) at their first formal meeting in Florence, Italy, having recruited more than 250 founding members from across the globe and with different professional perspectives.

Since 1974, the IASLC has grown into a professional, international organization of more than 6,500 members. Global experts have come to rely on the IASLC’s World Conference on Lung Cancer, Journal of Thoracic Oncology, scientific programs and educational events to inform their practice of medicine, research and patient care. From doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to scientists to patients and advocates, the IASLC continues to unite people around the goal of eradicating lung and thoracic cancers.

History of the IASLC World Conference on Lung Cancer

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Each year, the IASLC hosts its signature event, the IASLC World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC). Like the organization itself, the WCLC had humble beginnings, with the inaugural event taking place with a small collection of specialists assembling on Hilton Head Island in 1978. 

Over 40 years on, the IASLC WCLC has grown to become the largest global event dedicated solely to lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies, attracting over 7,000 attendees from across the lung cancer community, including physicians and investigators, of course, but also nurses, allied health, survivors and patients. 

 

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In 2018, the IASLC 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer was held in Toronto, Canada, and drew a record-breaking crowd of nearly 7,500 attendees from 100 countries. The plenary session at the conference featured four practice-changing abstracts, each of which receiving publication in the New England Journal of Medicine

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This year, the IASLC WCLC will return to Barcelona, Spain, for the 20th WCLC: the IASLC 2019 World Conference on Lung Cancer.

Through the hard work of the IASLC leadership and staff, as well as our local organizing committee, the meeting will undoubtedly continue in the tradition of past conferences and serve as an invaluable resource for the continuing education of the global lung cancer community. 

For more information about this year's WCLC, please visit the conference's official website

Past World Conferences

  • IASLC 1st World Conference on Lung Cancer
    1978 | Hilton Head, SC, U.S.A 
  • IASLC 2nd World Conference on Lung Cancer 
    1980 | Copenhagen, Denmark
  • IASLC 3rd World Conference on Lung Cancer
    1982 | Tokyo, Japan
  • IASLC 4th World Conference on Lung Cancer 
    1985 | Toronto, Canada
  • IASLC 5th World Conference on Lung Cancer
    1988 | Interlaken, Switzerland
  • IASLC 6th World Conference on Lung Cancer 
    1991 | Melbourne, Australia
  • IASLC 7th World Conference on Lung Cancer 
    1994 | Colorado Springs, CO, U.S.A
  • IASLC 8th World Conference on Lung Cancer 
    1997 | Dublin, Ireland 
  • IASLC 9th World Conference on Lung Cancer 
    2000 | Tokyo, Japan
  • IASLC 10th World Conference on Lung Cancer  
    2003 | Vancouver, Canada
  • IASLC 11th World Conference on Lung Cancer  
    2005 | Barcelona, Spain 
  • IASLC 12th World Conference on Lung Cancer  
    2007 | Seoul, South Korea 
  • IASLC 13th World Conference on Lung Cancer 
    2009 | San Francisco, California 
  • IASLC 14th World Conference on Lung Cancer
    2011 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands  
  • IASLC 15th World Conference on Lung Cancer 
    2013 | Sydney, Australia 
  • IASLC 16th World Conference on Lung Cancer 
    2015 | Denver, CO, U.S.A 
  • IASLC 17th World Conference on Lung Cancer 
    2016 | Vienna, Austria 
  • IASLC 18th World Conference on Lung Cancer 
    2017 | Yokohama, Japan
  • IASLC 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer 
    2018 | Toronto, Canada 
  • IASLC 2019 World Conference on Lung Cancer 
    2019 | Barcelona, Spain

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