SITC is pleased to host the society’s innovative program designed to foster leadership development, collaborations and scientific exchange among early career investigators who are emerging leaders in the field of cancer immunotherapy: Sparkathon 2.0 Accelerator: Optimizing combination therapy based on immunological mechanisms.
Accepted applicants into this elite program will participate for free and receive travel reimbursement to SITC Sparkathon Accelerator. SITC Membership is a requirement for all applicants.Share this web page or this flyer with other early career scientists who might be interested in applying.
This two-year program kicked off with an in-person retreat June 13-15, 2022, prior to SITC 2022, in New York City. Sparkathon Class of 2022 participants presented their research on this year’s chosen topic of optimizing combination therapy based on immunological mechanisms. Participants learned from each other and received guidance from the experts in a synergistic and intimate environment.
In addition to addressing the hurdle of optimizing combination therapy, SITC’s Sparkathon 2.0 Accelerator explores topics specifically designed for emerging leaders in the cancer immunotherapy field, including:
Participants spent two-and-a-half days with the top early career investigators and luminaries in the field to advance their work and accelerate the study of optimizing combination therapy based on immunological mechanisms through new knowledge gained, convergent field discussions and long-term cross institutional collaboration. Sparkathon Class of 2022 participants will continue to meet each year at SITC’s Annual Meeting with future Sparkathon Classes, creating a broad network of early career scientists focused on moving the field forward.
Participants must be a SITC student member or regular member in good standing. The Sparkathon target audience is early career physicians and scientists (MD, PhD or MD/PhD) who are in the last few years of their postdoctoral fellowship, medical fellowship, or residency or are junior faculty members (within one year of appointment and do not hold an R01 or equivalent funding) or within the last year obtained a full time position in government, industry, pharma or similar. Applicants must submit an application by 5 p.m. PST on March 9, 2022. Complete applications will consist of: a. cover letter; b. letter of recommendation from outside your home institute; c. recommendation from inside your institute; d. statement of purpose; e. specific aims page OR research summary; f. the applicant’s NIH biosketch; and g. the applicant's CV or resume. Applicants should exhibit dedication and research related to the 2022 Sparkathon 2.0 Accelerator topic, “Optimizing combination therapy based on immunological mechanisms.” Please review the complete application requirements and review criteria for further information.View the SITC Meeting Code of Conduct.
DEADLINE UPDATED: Applications were due 5 p.m. PST on March 9, 2022.View eligibility requirements and application details.
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At SITC’s Sparkathon 2.0 Accelerator, our goal is to have a safe and meaningful in-person experience. We will be adhering to the local safety guidelines and regulations. For the latest information on requirements for New York City, click here. In addition, SITC in-person meetings will have the following safety measures in place.
Proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 will be required for program attendees. SITC is currently exploring options for validating this information and will communicate that process when it is available.
SITC strongly recommends masks to be worn indoors for attendees.
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