CIMM 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 cancer immunology, attend sessions outside your own areas of expertise and network with other scientists and clinicians interested in cancer immunology and immunotherapy.

The AACR Annual Meeting 2019 was held in Atlanta, Georgia, March 29-April 3.

AACR Annual Meeting 2019 Webcasts Available

It was great to see so many CIMM members and those from other fields of cancer research recently at the AACR Annual Meeting 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia! To view webcasts from this major event, see here. We look forward to seeing many of you at next year's Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, April 24-29, 2020.

These CIMM events were scheduled during the Annual Meeting:

Cancer Immunology Working Group (CIMM) Town Hall Meeting

Sunday, March 31, 2019; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Georgia World Congress Center
Building A; Room A311-312
TopicHigh dimensional analysis in cancer immunotherapy: What do we learn and how can we use it?

Dmitry I. Gabrilovich, MD, PhD, The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Weiping Zou, MD, PhD, University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, Michigan

(at left) Dr. Gabrilovich, CIMM Chairperson 2018-2019, is recognized for his service by CIMM Chairperson-elect, Dr. Zou.

This Town Hall Meeting focused on an important issue in immunology and immunotherapy. Attendees heard from experts in the field as well as an update on the AACR Cancer Immunology Research journal by editors-in-chief Drs. Robert D. Schreiber and Philip D. Greenberg. Attendees were cordially invited by the CIMM Steering Committee to also come and learn about the working group, and then network with colleagues in a post-program reception. See additional photos here.


X. Shirley Liu, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics and Computational Biology
Harvard H.T. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
Integrative modeling of immunotherapy response biomarkers

Timothy A. Chan, MD, PhD, Vice Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
Evolving landscape of immunotherapy biomarkers and mechanisms

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

Monday, April 1, 2019; 6 - 8 p.m.
Georgia World Congress Center
Building A; Room A311-312
Topic: Immune cells in formation of metastatic niche

The chairpersons of the Cancer Immunology (CIMM) and the Tumor Microenvironment (TME) Working Groups jointly organized this stimulating program so that all attendees could hear the perspective of leaders in the field. See more photos here.

Dmitry I. Gabrilovich, MD, PhD, The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (CIMM chairperson)
Yibin Kang, PhD, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey (TME chairperson)


Rosandra N. Kaplan, MD, Head, Tumor Microenvironment Section, Pediatric Oncology Branch, CCR, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Harnessing immune plasticity in the metastatic niche

Ilaria Malanchi, PhD, Group Leader, Tumour Host Interactions Laboratory, The Francis Crick Institute, London, United Kingdom
Metastases subvert host tissue stemness program

Mario P. Colombo, PhD, Director, Department of Research, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Milan, Italy
Extracellular Matrix-Myeloid cells cross-regulation influence the metastatic niche

Award Lecture: Seventh Annual AACR-CRI Lloyd J. Old Award in Cancer Immunology

Tuesday, April 2, 2018, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Georgia World Congress Center
Building C, Georgia Ballroom 1
Recipient: Cornelis (Kees) J.M. Melief, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands; co-founder and chief scientific officer, ISA Pharmaceuticals, Netherlands
Lecture: Adventures in Cancer Immunology

Educational Sessions

Tumor Immunology for Non-Immunologists
Standard Cancer Therapies are Ultimately Immunotherapies
Saturday, March 30, 2019 8-10 a.m.
Georgia World Congress Center
Building B; Murphy Ballroom
Chair: Olivera J. Finn, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tumor Immunology for Non-Immunologists – Roundtable Discussions
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Georgia World Congress Center
Building B; Murphy Ballroom
Chair: Thomas F. Gajewski, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

For all CIMM-related sessions, visit the CIMM-specific online planner. Please note that the list may not be all-inclusive of the immunology-related sessions offered.

For all AACR Annual Meeting 2019 sessions, visit the Annual Meeting 2019 online planner. Also, visit the AACR Annual Meeting 2019 homepage for more logistical information.

Additionally, remember to check the Tumor Microenvironment Working Group webpage for other sessions of interest.