Pre-Conference Programs • November 8-9

The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer's (SITC) 2017 Pre-Conference Programs comprise two days (November 8-9) of learning opportunities for professionals of all experience levels.

Attendance requires registration by individuals that includes the specific programs listed below.

November 8, 2017
Immuno-Oncology Biomarkers: Today’s Imperatives for Tomorrow’s Needs • 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Current biomarkers to predict response to immunotherapy single agents or to combinations are suboptimal, and at best enrich for clinical responses. Multiple assays have been developed or are in development by industry and academic investigators. Several diagnostic companies or diagnostic divisions of larger pharma have ongoing efforts. Similarly, various assays are in development to characterize the immune microenvironment. 

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2nd World Immunotherapy Council Young Investigator Symposium • 1-7 p.m.

The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer and the World Immunotherapy Council are dedicated to advancing cancer immunotherapy and, likewise, the future leaders of the field. This program will provide the opportunity for young scientists and future leaders from throughout the world to interact, fulfilling the World Immunotherapy Council’s mission to facilitate rapid development and global dissemination of cancer immunotherapies through scientific exchange.

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November 9, 2017
Primer on Tumor Immunology and Cancer Immunotherapy™ • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Our understanding of tumor immunobiology has increased dramatically in recent years, leading to the successful development of novel immune-based treatment options to improve cancer patient outcomes. The SITC Primer on Tumor Immunology and Cancer Immunotherapy™ is designed to provide a foundation for understanding core immunology principles as they relate to basic and clinical research in immunotherapy of cancer.

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Workshop on Single Cell Techniques in Immunology and Cancer Immunotherapy • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Historically, molecular analyses have been performed on heterogeneous populations of cells, where observed patterns represent a combination of the unique characteristics of each individual cell. In the last few years, single cell techniques combined with high-throughput technologies, such as multiplex quantitative PCR, next generation DNA and RNA sequencing, and state-of-the-art flow cytometry by time of flight (CyTOF), have revolutionized the field, allowing for high-dimensional analysis of isolated subpopulations of individual cells.

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Grant Writing Workshop • 1:30-5:30 p.m.

When seeking career development awards, research grants or academic and institutional grants, applicants need to have a firm understanding of the different mechanisms of funding available, time management techniques, dos and don’ts in grant writing, and how to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls. The Grant Writing Workshop will provide attendees with a solid foundation of grant writing basics as well as specific pearls of wisdom from experienced study section reviewers and chairs. Participants will convene for a comprehensive introduction to grant writing and then will split into two breakouts to take a deeper dive into career development awards or research grants, based on their most immediate career needs.

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