Annual Meeting • Nov. 12–15, 2020

35th Anniversary Annual Meeting

The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer's (SITC) 35th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Pre-Conference Programs (SITC 2020) provides a multidisciplinary educational and interactive environment focused on improving cancer patient outcomes by incorporating strategies based on basic and applied cancer immunotherapy. The six-day event takes place Nov. 10–15, 2020, at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

The conference includes cutting-edge research presented by experts in the field, oral and poster abstract presentations, and ample opportunity for structured and informal discussions, including networking opportunities. Attendees participate in a variety of basic-, translational- and clinical-focused concurrent sessions and are updated about national and international initiatives from academia, government and industry, and other important SITC projects.

This Anniversary Annual Meeting will feature special programming and events in recognition of the society's ongoing commitment to harnessing the immune system for 35 years to transform cancer outcomes.

35th Anniversary Annual Meeting Organizers

  • Helen E. Heslop, MD – Baylor College of Medicine
  • Brianna W. Hoffner, MSN, ANP-BC, AOCNP – Harborside
  • Miriam Merad, MD, PhD – Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Padmanee Sharma, MD, PhD – The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Jedd D. Wolchok, MD, PhD – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Annual Program Committee

  • Chair: Sandra Demaria, MD – Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Ana Carrizosa Anderson, PhD – Harvard Medical School
  • Davide Bedognetti, MD, PhD – Sidra Medicine
  • Marianne Davies, DNP, AOCNP – Yale School of Nursing 
  • Patrick Hwu, MD – The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

35th Anniversary Annual Meeting Schedule

To view the Annual Meeting's full schedule, please click here.

Intended Audience

The audience includes basic and clinical investigators from academic institutions, industry and regulatory agencies, including clinicians, basic and translational researchers, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and allied health professionals involved in cancer research as well as pharmacists and payers, who wish to learn more about cancer immunology and immunotherapy and its incorporation into current (and future) effective cancer treatment

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Summarize and integrate the most recent advances in tumor immunology and cancer immunotherapy into basic, clinical and translational research
  • Analyze cutting-edge clinical trials to incorporate new research and techniques into clinical applications for cancer immunotherapy
  • Describe immune regulatory pathways that restrict and enhance immunity to tumor antigens, and identify respective targets for therapeutic intervention
SITC 2020 focuses broadly on all areas of cancer immunotherapy and tumor immunology including: 
  • Bispecifics
  • Cellular Therapy
  • Checkpoint Inhibitors
  • Combination treatments
  • Cytokines
  • Immune Agonists
  • Immune Conjugates
  • Intratumoral therapies
  • Oncolytic Viruses
  • Vaccines

  • Antigens
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomarkers
  • Clinical management
  • Clinical trials
  • Gene editing
  • Genetics
  • Imaging
  • Immune cell biology
  • Immunoprevention
  • Metabolism
  • Microbiome
  • Preclinical studies
  • Regulatory considerations
  • Resistance
  • Response mechanisms
  • Surfaceome
  • Toxicities
  • Tumor biology

Continuing Education

This program will be accredited to offer CME, CNE, CPE and MOC credits. 

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Schedule At-a-Glance

Tuesday, Nov. 10
Pre-Conference Programs
(Additional Fees Required)

Immunotherapy Resistance and Failure

Wednesday, Nov. 11
Pre-Conference Programs
(Additional Fees Required)

Primer on Tumor Immunology and Cancer Immunotherapy™

Social Activity:
Early Career Scientist Networking Reception

Workshop on Engineering Immune Cells for Cancer Therapy

Grant Writing Workshop
Thursday, Nov. 12
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Social Activity:
Poster Reception
Career Connections Networking Reception

Meet-the-Expert Lunch

Friday, Nov. 13
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Social Activities:
Poster Reception
The CheckPoints Party

Saturday, Nov. 14
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Social Activity:
35th Anniversary Reception
(Additional Fees Required)

35th Anniversary Keynote Address

35th Anniversary Session: Mechanistic Understandings and Misunderstandings

Sunday, Nov. 15
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Next Generation ImmunoOncology Combinations: FDA, Clinical Trial Designs, Diagnostics and Biomarkers

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