2020 FOCIS-SITC Cancer Immunity and Immunotherapy Course

When:  Oct 28, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PT)
Presented by the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) and the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC)

The course, Cancer Immunity & Immunotherapy, will review tumor immunology as the scientific foundation for the current practice of cancer immunotherapy, emphasizing fundamental principles, clinical advances, limitations, and opportunities to accelerate clinical program. This course is part of FOCIS' pre-Annual Meeting courses and will be held on October 28, 2020.

Cancer Immunity & Immunotherapy
Saturday, June 20, 2020 
8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

Course Directors

Marcela Maus, MD, PhD – Harvard University
Daniel J. Powell Jr., PhD – University of Pennsylvania

Program Agenda

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Basic Principles of Cancer Immunity
Abul Abbas, MD – University of California, San Francisco

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Vaccination Strategies, Identification of Neoantigens
Gerald Linette, MD, PhD – University of Pennsylvania

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.


9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

The Tumor Microenvironment
Gregory Beatty, MD, PhD – University of Pennsylvania

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Checkpoint Blockade Therapy: Current Status, Biomarkers
Ira Mellman, PhD – Genentech

11:15 a.m. – Noon

Next Generation Checkpoint and Combination Therapies
Ira Mellman, PhD – Genentech

Noon – 12:30 p.m.


12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

Immune-Related Toxicity: Mechanisms and Management
Kevan Herold, MD – Yale University

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

CAR-T Cell Therapy: Principles and Current Practices
Marcela Maus, MD, PhD – Harvard University

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

CAR-T Cell Therapy: Next Generation CARs, Toxicities, Challenges and Prospects
Carl June, MD – University of Pennsylvania

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.


3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Adoptive T Cell-Based Therapies: more than CAR-T
Daniel Powell, MD, PhD – University of Pennsylvania

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Next Generation Strategies
Kole Roybal, PhD – University of California, San Francisco

*Denotes SITC member

For more information on the course, please click here, or to register for the course, click here.

SITC members are eligible for a 15% discount on registration. Please reach out to SITC at education@sitcancer.org for more information.


San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103