Immune Cell Therapies and Immune Cell Engineering
Marcela V. Maus, MD, PhD Section Editor
Immune cell therapies and cell engineering approaches, new targets, novel functionalities, clinical trial results, correlative studies in patients who have received cell-based therapies, novel engineering strategies (molecular switches, conditional expression, logic gating), gene-edited cells to knock out or knock in novel functions, synthetic gene circuits. Includes pre-clinical animal modeling (small and large) and clinical trials.
Oncolytic and Local Immunotherapy
Howard L. Kaufman, MD, FACS Section Editor
This section focuses on the role of therapeutic agents designed for targeting tumor cells and/or the tumor microenvironment. This includes oncolytic viruses, microbial agents, innate immune agonists, direct and systemically delivered proteins and DNA/RNA products that act within established tumors. Research describing the characterization and basic biology of oncolytic agents and novel delivery systems are encouraged. An emphasis on how novel intra-tumoral directed agents modulate local and systemic host innate and adaptive anti-tumor immunity are of particular interest. In addition, the section welcomes translational and clinical investigation involving new oncolytic immunotherapy agents or those that include an oncolytic approach as part of combination therapeutic regimens.
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