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Tuesday, July 29 • 6:00am start time
50 Years of AAPM -- Over 25 Years of Gammex-sponsored fun runs! This year the course will start from the Southeast corner of Memorial Park, run along Allen Parkway and across Waugh bridge, allowing runners to see downtown Houston's skyline.

Deadline to register is June 27. There is no on-site registration for this event.

Route Map

Registered participants must come by the AAPM meeting registration area in the convention center on Monday, July 28, between 10:00am and 2:00pm, to sign a waiver and pick up a race number and t-shirt.

Thanks once again to Gammex for sponsoring this event. Below are photos to instill fond memories of that first sponsored run in Boston, 1981.

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All tours depart from the Hall D Entrance, ground level, G.R. Brown Convention Center. Register for tours through AAPM on-line registration, beginning March 19. Deadline to pre-register for tours is July 14. Tour tickets may be available on-site, near the Companions' Welcome Center on Level II, if tours have not sold out.

Sunday, July 27 - Houston City Tour
11:00am - 3:00pm
$36 per person

Hit all the Houston highlights, and plan your strategy for those special attractions you may want to revisit on your own:

Lunch is on your own.

Monday, July 28 - Space Center Houston
9:30am - 3:30pm

$60 per person

Experience the adventure of the manned space flight program first-hand. Space Center Houston allows visitors to share the accomplishments of NASA while exploring the past, present and future of space flight:

Lunch is on your own.

Tuesday, July 29 - Moody Gardens, Galveston
9:00am - 3:00pm
$71 per person

Moody Gardens is a 142-acre recreational and educational facility in Galveston. A massive 40,000 sq-foot Rainforest Pyramid recreates the jungles of Asia, Africa and the Americas. More than 1,700 species of tropical plants, fish and exotic birds are featured. The Butterfly Hatching Hut allows visitors to watch butterflies emerge from chrysalises and flutter into the Pyramid for the first time. Admission to the 3D IMAX Theater is included, as well as admission to the newly opened Aquarium Pyramid. The aquarium houses thousands of sea creatures from North Atlantic seals to native species from the Caribbean Sea and South Pacific coral reefs. Lunch is on your own.

Wednesday, July 30 - Shop Til You Drop
9:00am - 3:00pm
$31 per person

Houston's best shopping can be found at Rice University Village and The Galleria. In Rice University Village you'll find one-of-a-kind shops interspersed with more familiar names; from The Iowa/Guatamala Store (quilts and hand-crafted items) to The Bead Shop. Plenty of eclectic cafés and restaurants are available for lunch on your own. The Galleria has four anchor stores and over 300 specialty shops. Look for Neiman-Marcus, Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany's, Lord & Taylor, and Nordstrom's, plus fun boutiques and restaurants.

Meet the Charter Members Reception

Monday, July 28 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Meet the Charter Members Reception
Foyer, George Bush Grand Ballroom, Level 3, Convention Center

On Monday, July 28 a reception will be held in honor of AAPM's Charter members, 5:00pm-6:00pm, just prior to the Awards and Honors Ceremony in the convention center. Honor our past, by chatting with the members responsible for creating and growing the profession.  Refreshments will be served. Cash bar.

Awards Ceremony and Reception

Monday, July 28 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
AAPM Awards Ceremony
George Bush Grand Ballroom B-C, Level 3, Convention Center

followed by a Reception
7:30pm - 8:30pm

Tickets are $14 per person. Please note that this ticket is included in some registration categories. Tickets may also be purchased on site at the Registration counter at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine will honor AAPM award winners during a ceremony followed by a wine and cheese reception on Monday, July 28. Please remember your tickets.

Night In - Golden Anniversary Gala Celebration

Tuesday, July 29 • 6:00pm - 11:00pm

Celebration Reception
Ballroom of the Americas, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Level Two – Hilton
How many of us remember the 50’s and the early days of AAPM?  Before the gala, chat with friends and listen to music from the 50’s.  If you can jitterbug or swing, show the younger members how it’s done. 
Cash bar.

Anniversary Gala
Lanier Grand Ballroom, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Level Four – Hilton
Gala Dinner ticket prices:
$62 (Adults, and children 12 and older)
$48 (Children 11 and under, ordering a child's meal)
free for children 2 and under who do not require a seat (share meal with a parent)

Ticket required; please note that this ticket is included in some registration categories.
Place your ticket in front of you when seated. Wait staff will accommodate your meal request. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee last-minute meal requests.

Enjoy an elegant plated meal. When registering, please select your choice:


  • Asparagus Bisque with Spiced Pecans
  • Baby Romaine Salad
  • Duo of Tortilla Crusted Beef Filet Mignon with Bordelaise
    and Free Range Chicken with Jalapeno Cream Sauce
  • Parmesan Risotto
  • Broccolini and Julienne Carrots
  • Warm Rolls and Sweet Butter
  • AAPM 50th Anniversary Cake
  • Coffee, Tea
  • Carafe of Merlot and Chardonnay on each table


  • Asparagus Bisque with Spiced Pecans
  • Baby Romaine Salad
  • Vegetable Wellington- Medley of Grilled Vegetable in a Puff Pastry Shell
  • Parmesan Risotto
  • Broccolini and Julienne Carrots
  • Warm Rolls and Sweet Butter
  • AAPM 50th Anniversary Cake
  • Coffee, Tea
  • Carafe of Merlot and Chardonnay on each table


  • Grilled Chicken
  • Rice Pilaf
  • Vegetable Medley
  • AAPM 50th Anniversary Cake
  • Coffee, Tea
  • Carafe of Merlot and Chardonnay on each table

D. CHILDREN 11 and UNDER only

  • Chicken Fingers
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Buttered Corn
  • Apple Juice
  • Cookie or Brownie

After Gala Celebration
Ballroom of the Americas, 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Level Two – Hilton
After dinner and Anniversary cake, you’ll need to get up and move!  Infinite Groove is a 10-piece Houston band full of energy.  The dance floor is calling, whether you prefer a top 40 hit, Calypso, Jazz or Swing. 
Cash bar.

Prefer a quieter venue for celebrating?  You’re welcome to stay in the Lanier Grand Ballroom to share conversation with old friends.

Photographs to Remember the Occasion
Room 230, 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Level Two – Hilton
Photographers from the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (UTMDACC) will be available from 6:00pm - 11:00pm to capture all the special moments of the Night-In Golden Anniversary Gala Celebration.

All guests will have the opportunity to have individual photos taken without any obligation to purchase in Room 230 just a few steps away from the Ballroom of the Americas (Level Two) where the Pre- and Post Receptions will be held.  When is the last time you had your photo taken with your significant other, family members, friends or classmates?  All photos will be posted to the AAPM website after the event for purchase.  The photographers at UTMDACC have a reputation for doing outstanding work.

Some parents may wish to make child care arrangements. Below is a list of local child care options in the Houston area. Please note that none of these services is affiliated with, or endorsed by, AAPM in any way. Parents are encouraged to check references.

Mom's Best Friend, an In-Room Hotel Childcare Service in Houston

SitterCity (zip code 77010)

Angel Sitters

Companions' Reception - Recognizing 50 years of Companion Support

Wednesday, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Room 344, Hilton
In recognition of 50 years of companion support, AAPM will host a Companions' Reception in Room 344 of the Hilton Americas. Refreshments will be served.

Exhibitor Sponsored Events

Links to Exhibitor Sponsored Events are posted here as a service to our exhibitors. There is no endorsement implied by AAPM.

Only companies officially exhibiting at AAPM '08 may submit event annoucements to be posted. To have a link to your event announcement posted here, send the url to Karen MacFarland.

Bard Urological Division
Sunday, July 27 7:00pm-10:00pm
The Grove Restaurant, 1611 Lamar, Houston, Texas

Elekta Annual Beer Bash
Sunday, July 27 5:30pm-8:30pm
Home Plate Bar and Grill, 1800 Texas Ave, across from Minute Maid Park

Xoft: Clinical and Regulatory Considerations for Electronic Brachytherapy
Tuesday, July 29 Noon to 1:30pm
Room 360 ABDE, Convention Center