Immune Monitor - September 2021

A Message from the President

Dear Colleagues,

The Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer (JITC) is the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer’s (SITC) official journal. The journal publishes articles on all aspects of tumor immunology and cancer immunotherapy and, in doing so, aims to enrich communication and advance scientific understanding among the many stakeholders in this rapidly evolving field. The meteoric success of JITC since its inception nine years ago is unprecedented.

Leading the charge of this increasingly prestigious publication is Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Pedro Romero, MD, Head, Div. of Clinical Onco-Immunology, University of Lausanne & University Hospital of Lausanne. I had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Romero who is a long-term SITC member and who has served as Editor-in-Chief of JITC for nearly 10 years. He has helped to grow the journal from a relatively small online publication to one that now boasts a Journal Impact Factor greater than 13 and Scimago Journal Rank over 5.


I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation and the glimpse into his background and achievements. From realizing his passion for science at a young age in Columbia to his research activities with peptide vaccines and immune biomarkers to what is currently on his music playlist, we covered a host of topics in this latest fireside chat. 

Thank you very much to Dr. Romero – a true pillar of the tumor immunology field – for joining me this month. 


Patrick Hwu, MD

SITC President

Join Us at SITC 2021 This November in Washington, D.C. or Virtually 

Registration is now open for the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer’s (SITC) 36th Annual Meeting & Pre-Conference Programs (SITC 2021)! SITC 2021 takes place Nov. 10–14, 2021, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., and virtually. Click here to register.

For more information about the safety measures in place for in-person attendance, hear from Dr. Patrick Hwu. You can also visit the FAQ page.

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    Register Now for SITC Virtual Fall Programs

    Interrogating the Tumor-Specific Surfaceome for Immune Targeting Virtual Workshop

    Sept. 29–30, 2021 · Register Now · Program Schedule                                                     

    Program Organizers

    • Samir M. Hanash, MD, PhD  – The University of Texas MD Anderson
    • Avery D. Posey Jr., PhD – University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

    Bispecific T cell Engagers Virtual Workshop

    Sept. 30–Oct. 1, 2021 · Register Now· Program Schedule

    Program Organizers

    • Elizabeth Budde, MD, PhD – City of Hope
    • Daniel S. Chen, MD, PhD
    • James L. Gulley, MD, PhD, FACP – National Cancer Institute

    Cytokines in Cancer Immunotherapy Virtual Workshop

    Oct. 11–12, 2021 · Register Now · Program Schedule

    Program Organizers

    • Susan M. Kaech, PhD – Salk Institute
    • Anne O' Garra, PhD – The Francis Crick Institute
    • Aaron Ring, MD, PhD– Yale University
    Order Your Copy of Cancer Immunotherapy Principles and Practices, 2nd Ed.
    SITC is pleased to announce Cancer Immunotherapy Principles and Practice, 2nd Ed. texbook published September 1, 2021. The second edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect major advances in the field of immuno-oncology and remains the definitive resource for information on tumor immunology and cancer immunotherapy treatments. New to this edition are chapters with deeper insight into our understanding of adoptive cell therapy, cancer genomics and determinants of response, cancer immune exclusion, cancer and stromal cell-intrinsic pathways of immune resistance, immunogenic cell death, immunotherapy in combination with radiation therapy, metabolomics, tumor mutation burden, synthetic biology, and more. Visit for more information and to order your copy. Use code SITC20 to receive a 20% discount plus free shipping.