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Emerging Approaches to Cancer Immunotherapy

Emerging Approaches to Cancer Immunotherapy

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By


Over the past several years, cancer immunotherapy has made extraordinary progress both conceptually and in clinical practice. Led by landmark studies in the setting of metastatic melanoma, many of the findings of this field are being generalized both to hematological malignancies and to other solid tumors. Areas of investigation such as checkpoint blockade inhibitors, advanced tumor vaccination studies, and adoptive T-cell therapies are changing the face of cancer treatment. This symposium will bring together leading experts in immunotherapy and immunology to discuss these emerging approaches, along with the challenges and opportunities faced in this evolving field.

*Reception to follow.

This event will also be broadcast as a webinar.

Please note: Transmission of presentations via the webinar is subject to individual consent by the speakers. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that every speaker's presentation will be broadcast in full via the webinar. To access all speakers' presentations in full, we invite you to attend the live event in New York City when possible.

Registration and Webinar Pricing

Student/Postdoc Member$15
Nonmember (Academia)$65
Nonmember (Corporate)$85
Nonmember (Non-profit)$65
Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$45

Mission Partner support for the Frontiers of Science program provided by   Pfizer


* Presentation titles and times are subject to change.

May 21, 2015

9:00 AM

Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Sonya Dougal, PhD, The New York Academy of Sciences
Kenneth P. Olive, PhD, Columbia University Medical Center

9:15 AM

Keynote Address
Chimeric Antigen Receptor Modified T cells for Blood Cancers: Clinical Results
Carl June, MD, University of Pennsylvania

10:00 AM

Antigen Specific Adoptive T Cell Immunotherapy for Treatment of Cancer
Stephen J. Forman, MD, FACP, City of Hope

10:35 AM

Networking Coffee Break

11:05 AM

Bi-specific T Cell Engaging Antibodies in the Treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Mark R. Litzow, MD, Mayo Clinic

11:40 AM

Dendritic Cell Based Immunotherapy for Cancer
Marnix Bosch, PhD, MBA, Northwest Biotherapeutics

12:10 PM

Networking Lunch and Poster Session

1:40 PM

Mechanisms of Resistance to Immunotherapies Driven by Features of the Tumor Microenvironment
Thomas Gajewski, MD, PhD, The University of Chicago Medicine

2:15 PM

Lifting the Veil of Immune Suppression and Inducing Immune Activation Through Antibody-Mediated Blockade of Phosphatidylserine Signaling
Rolf Brekken, PhD, University of Texas, Southwestern

2:45 PM

Networking Coffee Break

3:15 PM

Response and Resistance to Radiation and Immune Checkpoint Blockade in Solid Tumors
Andy Minn, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

3:50 PM

Preclinical to Clinical Translation of Anti-PD-1 Blockade
Elaine Pinheiro, PhD, Merck Research Laboratories
David Kaufman, MD, PhD, Merck Research Laboratories

4:30 PM

Panel Discussion

5:10 PM

Closing Remarks
George Zavoico, PhD, Jones Trading

5:15 PM

Networking Reception

6:00 PM




Kenneth P. Olive, PhD

Columbia University Medical Center

George Zavoico, PhD

Jones Trading Co.

Sonya Dougal, PhD

The New York Academy of Sciences


Marnix Bosch, PhD, MBA

Northwest Biotherapeutics

Rolf Brekken, PhD

University of Texas, Southwestern

Stephen J. Forman, MD, FACP

City of Hope

Thomas F. Gajewski, MD, PhD

The University of Chicago Medicine

Carl H. June, MD

University of Pennsylvania

David Kaufman, MD, PhD

Merck Research Laboratories

Mark R. Litzow, MD

Mayo Clinic

Andy Minn, MD, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

Elaine Pinheiro, MD

Merck Research Laboratories


For sponsorship opportunities please contact Perri Wisotsky at or 212.298.8642.

Academy Friend

Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Grant Support

The educational portion of this Program is supported, in part, by an independent educational grant from AstraZeneca.

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