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CIMM at the Annual Meeting

Read about the AACR Virtual Sessions in April and June 2020!

Due to the escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AACR Leadership has made the decision not to move forward with an on-site Annual Meeting 2020. However, as indicated previously, many exciting AM 2020 “virtual” sessions are programmed to take place on April 27-28 and June 22-24, 2020. The schedule for these “virtual” sessions will be posted on the AACR Annual Meeting 2020 website, that also provides information on refunds of all paid registration fees for the on-site Meeting. We look forward to your participation in these virtual sessions!

See below for original program of CIMM events at the on-site AACR Annual Meeting 2020

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 2020 will be held in San Diego, California, April 24-29, 2020.

These CIMM events are scheduled during the Annual Meeting:

Cancer Immunology Working Group (CIMM) Town Hall Meeting

Effector T cells in cancer immunity and therapy
Tuesday, April 28, 2020; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center
Upper Level, Room 11 A-B

Weiping Zou, MD, PhD, University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, Michigan (CIMM chairperson)
Sandra Demaria, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
(CIMM incoming chairperson)

Susan M. Kaech, PhD, Salk Institute
Metabolic control of anti-tumor immunity

Juan R. Cubillos-Ruiz, PhD, Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University
Stress management in intratumoral T cells

CIMM/MEG Special Networking Session: “Intersection of Immunology and Epidemiology”

Monday, April 27, 2020, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. (just prior to the Joint CIMM/TME Special Session), San Diego Convention Center, on the Plaza (outside tent area near the Plenary Hall)
Come join leaders from the immunology and epidemiology fields and contribute your ideas on how to bring these exciting fields together, as well as the key breakthroughs and educational opportunities that exist at the intersection of these two disciplines in a fast-paced, world cafe-style networking session. There will be ideas, interesting science, and witty banter, but kindly note that there will not be any refreshments. The following questions will be addressed:

Topic 1: How to bring immunology and epidemiology together?
What are the most pressing research questions that can be addressed by the fields of immunology and epidemiology together? What are the challenges of bringing immunology to population-based studies? Technologies, etc.?

Topic 2: Key Breakthroughs / Critical Topics for discussion at an AACR Joint MEG/CIMM Special Conference
Consider the key breakthroughs for immunoepidemiology research. What are the critical topics to discuss at a workshop or AACR session? Are there important educational/methods sessions that should be included at an AACR meeting or AACR Special Conference?

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

TME sculpting of the immune response: How do we leverage it to kill tumor cells?
Monday, April 27, 2020; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center
Upper Level, Room 5 A-B

The chairpersons of the Cancer Immunology (CIMM) and the Tumor Microenvironment (TME) Working Groups jointly organize a stimulating program so that all attendees can benefit by the perspective of leaders in the field.

Weiping Zou, MD, PhD, University of Micheigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, Michigan (CIMM chairperson)
Sheila A. Stewart, DPhil, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri (TME chairperson)

Douglas T. Fearon, MD, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory/Weill Cornell Medical College, Cold Spring Harbor, New York
Transglutaminase-2 assembles a CXCL12-coat on pancreatic cancer cells to resist immune attack

Costas A. Lyssiotis, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Metabolic Networks in the Tumor Microenvironment

Ellen Puré, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Penn Vet Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Impact of Fibroblast Activation Protein on Metastasis

Ruth Scherz-Shouval, PhD, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Transcriptional heterogeneity in breast cancer associated fibroblasts

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2018, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center
Upper Level, Room 6A
recipient to be announced

Educational Sessions

Tumor Immunology for Non-Immunologists – Roundtable Discussions
Saturday, April 25, 2020, 8-10 a.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Plaza (outdoor tent area near the Plenary Hall)
Chair: Eduardo M. Sotomayor, The George Washington University Cancer Center, Washington, DC

Tumor Immunology for Non-Immunologists – Educational Session
Innovation and Discovery in Immune-Oncology
Saturday, April 25, 2020 10:15 a.m.-12 noon
San Diego Convention Center
Upper Level, Ballroom 20 A-C
Chair: Judith A. Varner, UCSD Moores Cancer Center, La Jolla, California

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

For all AACR Annual Meeting 2020 sessions, see the Annual Meeting 2020 online planner when available. Also, visit the AACR Annual Meeting 2020 homepage for more logistical information.

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