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This meeting took place in 2020

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MEETING CANCELLED: Advances in Cancer Immunotherapy (C4)

Organizer(s) Antoni Ribas, W. Nicholas Haining and Priti Hegde
March 22—26, 2020
Fairmont Chateau Whistler • Whistler, BC Canada
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Nov 19, 2019
Abstract Deadline: Dec 17, 2019
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 19, 2019
Discounted Registration Deadline: Jan 22, 2020

Held in honor of cancer immunotherapy research pioneers Dr. Alan Korman and Dr. Nils Lonberg, thanks to generous support from an anonymous donor.

Sponsored by Bayer AG, BioLegend, Inc., Compass Therapeutics, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Genentech, Inc., Incyte Corporation, MorphoSys AG, Nektar Therapeutics, Surface Oncology and TCR² Therapeutics

Summary of Meeting:
Cancer immunotherapy by blocking immune inhibitory checkpoints or engineering T cells for adoptive cell transfer is providing an unprecedented level of long-term antitumor activity in patients with several metastatic cancers. However, the majority of patients with advanced cancers still do not experience sustained clinical benefit from immunotherapy. Understanding the mechanistic basis of response and resistance to these therapies and how therapeutic approaches could best be combined will be essential to continue progress. The largest human experiment is currently being conducted with over 1,000 agents and combinations. Understanding the results to date and determining what is working and what combinations are not working will be important to refine our understanding of immunity in patients with cancer. Questions that remain unanswered include: What is the rationale for the multiple immuno-oncology (IO) combinations being tested in the clinic, how do cancers adapt and resist T cell attack, and can we better understand the tumor microenvironment, thus paving the way for new approaches to cancer therapy. New analyses of patient-derived samples provide information on adaptive and genetic resistance mechanisms to immunotherapy. The conference program will include sessions which cover topics such as new analysis techniques, methodologies, and how to integrate high throughput data to provide a more comprehensive understanding of cancer and the immune system. Participants will leave the conference with an understanding of how the advancement of cancer biology will be influenced by a better comprehension of tumor immunology.

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