Immune Monitor - July 2022

A Message from the President

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are finding time to enjoy family and friends this summer. Typically, during the summer months SITC leadership holds our Annual Strategic Retreat. This year, the retreat will take place in August and one of the key topics of conversation will be how SITC can address, what we’re calling, the Crisis in Clinical Research.

Through discussions with key stakeholders in academia, industry, and government, it is apparent that there is a crisis in clinical trial administration caused by many existing factors that were exacerbated by the pandemic. The crisis is having a significant negative impact on cancer drug development and patient care. Leveraging our convening powers, SITC is leading the national conversation around this crisis and is committed to finding collaborative solutions that ultimately reduce the administrative burden of clinical trials while increasing patient access to safe and effective clinical trials.

We invite you to join this discussion by registering for a vital meeting next month – Crisis in Clinical Research Virtual Summit – which will be held on Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. ET. The summit will bring together key oncology experts from academia, contract research organizations, pharmaceutical companies, major professional organizations, industry and government – including the FDA and the National Cancer Institute – to lead a conversation around the hurdles facing clinical trial administration.

I hope you’ll join us in taking this initial step to address the crisis in clinical research. I very much look forward to the discussion and the positive impact we can have on patient access to critical clinical trials.


Patrick Hwu, MD
SITC President

Last Chance to Submit Your Science to SITC - Abstract Deadline July 28

Submit your research for presentation at SITC's 37th Annual Meeting. Poster presentations and over 80 oral presentation opportunities are available. SITC will also offer 37 Young Investigator Travel Awards, all recognizing excellence in novel research and providing young investigators with the experience necessary for successful careers.

Submit your abstract by July 28

Important Dates
Now Open: Regular abstracts, Young Investigator Award abstracts and Late-Breaking abstract applications submission site opens

  • July 28, 2022: Regular abstracts, Young Investigator Award abstracts and Late-Breaking abstract applications submission site closes at 5 p.m. PDT 
  • Aug. 18, 2022: Late-Breaking abstracts submission site opens  
  • Aug. 30, 2022: Late-Breaking abstracts submission site closes at 5 p.m. PDT 

For the full list of important abstract dates, information on abstract categories, guidelines and procedures, FAQs, or to submit your abstract, please visit

Apply to Attend the SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Network (SCION) Workshop

SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Network

SCION is an intimate immunotherapy clinical trial development program
taking place Jan. 17–21, 2023, in Austin, TX. The workshop connects participants with experienced faculty in the field who are equipped to help participants navigate through the unique considerations for designing clinical trial protocols.

This year, SITC will award one attendee the Dr. Martin “Mac” Cheever Excellence in Clinical Trial Design Travel Award. One awardee will be selected from the SCION participants for developing the most simple and elegant protocol. The awardee will receive travel reimbursement to the SITC 38th Annual Meeting & Pre-Conference Programs (SITC 2023).

Learn more and apply by Sept. 7, 2022!