​TME at the Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is an extraordinary venue that fosters scientific discussions and helps build bridges across various disciplines. We encourage all meeting attendees to take advantage of the opportunities presented at the meeting to learn about the latest breakthroughs in the tumor microenvironment, attend sessions outside your own areas of expertise and network with other scientists and clinicians interested in all areas of cancer research.

The AACR Annual Meeting 2018 was held in Chicago, Illinois, April 14-18.

These TME events were scheduled during the Annual Meeting:

TME Town Hall Meeting and Reception 

Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Tumor Microenvironment
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 6 - 8 p.m., McCormick Place Convention Center-South, Room S102
See photos from the TME Town Hall Meeting and Reception

Chairperson: Valerie M. Weaver, PhD, UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, California
Chairperson-elect: Yibin Kang, PhD, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

This event provided an opportunity for all interested attendees to hear insights from colleagues on the tumor microenvironment in relation to other research disciplines. In addition to the presentations, guests learned about other important TME initiatives, met members of the working group and steering committee, and investigated the opportunity to join the TME Working Group. A networking reception followed the program.


Derek C. Radisky, PhD, Mayo Clinic-Florida, Jacksonville, Florida
on behalf of Celeste M. Nelson, PhD, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Tissue mechanics, EMT, and genomic instability

Sunil R. Hingorani, MD, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington
Confronting the unique mechanobiology of pancreas cancer

Amanda W. Lund, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon
Lymphatic vessels: sensors and regulators of antitumor immunity

Joint Cancer Immunology (CIMM) / Tumor Microenvironment (TME) Working Groups Evening Scientific Session 

Overcoming a Hostile Immune Microenvironment
Monday, April 16, 2018; 6 - 8 p.m., McCormick Place Convention Center-South, Room S103

The chairpersons of the Cancer Immunology (CIMM) and the Tumor Microenvironment (TME) Working Groups organized this stimulating program to hear the perspective of leaders in the field.
See photos from the Joint CIMM/TME Evening Scientific Session

Jedd D. Wolchok, MD, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York (CIMM chairperson)
Valerie M. Weaver, PhD, University of California at San Francisco Medical Center,
San Francisco, California (TME chairperson)

Featured Speakers:
F. Stephen Hodi, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts
Combinatorial approaches to checkpoint blockade

Douglas T. Fearon, MD, PhD, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Weill Cornell Medical College, Cold Spring Harbor, New York
Results from a phase 1 clinical trial of CXCR4 inhibition in cancers resistant to T cell checkpoint antagonists

Johanna A. Joyce, PhD, University of Lausanne, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Lausanne, Switzerland
Microenvironmental regulation of cancer metastasis and therapeutic efficacy

TME Special Networking Session with Early-career Researchers

Perspectives on career diversity in tumor immunology
Monday, April 16, 2018, 11:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A
AACRcentral Amphitheater, Booth #2312 

This networking session provided an opportunity for early-career researchers to interact with experts in the field of the tumor microenvironment, and to learn about career challenges and opportunities in various fields of TME research. This informative discussion provided ample time for comments and questions.

Daniela F. Quail, PhD, McGill University Goodman Cancer Center, Montréal, Québec Canada

Featured Topics/Speakers:

Alexandra Snyder, MD
, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York /
Adaptive Biotechnologies, Seattle Washington

Basic Science/Academia
Mikala Egeblad, PhD, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cancer Center, Cold Spring Harbor, New York

(Journal) Editing/Publishing
Alexia-Ileana Zaromytidou, PhD, Nature Cell Biology, London, United Kingdom

See other TME-related sessions in the AACR Annual Meeting online planner, here. Please note that this list may not be all-inclusive of the TME-related sessions offered.

Check the Cancer Immunology Working Group webpage for other sessions of interest, and be sure to visit the AACR Annual Meeting homepage for more logistical information. To access the all-sessions online planner, see here.