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Cancer Vaccines
Organizer(s): Lélia Delamarre, Robert A. Seder and Nina Bhardwaj
Date: January 20 - 24, 2019
Location: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Organized in collaboration with Cancer Research UK

Sponsored by BioLegend, Inc., Genentech, Inc. and Pfizer Inc.
Summary of Meeting:
The success of immunotherapy in the treatment of cancer patients has proved the long-standing hypothesis that endogenous adaptive immune responses against the tumor can be harnessed to mediate protection by immune checkpoint blockade. This approach has shown impressive control of disease and improved survival in up to 50% of patients with certain tumors. Genetic and immune analysis of human cancers suggests that one mechanism of resistance to immune checkpoint blockade may be due to lack of tumor-specific T cells. In principle, vaccines have the potential to overcome this defect by either expanding low-level existing tumor-specific T cell responses or priming tumor-specific T cells. Recent advances in next-generation sequencing have improved our understanding of defining cancer antigens. Application of this will require vaccine delivery approaches that can induce potent and broad T cell immunity in an efficient manner for personalized therapy. This Keystone Symposia conference will highlight recent insights in the characterization of immunogenic cancer antigens, the biology and underlying mechanisms of T cell priming, and the development of novel approaches designed to expand T cell responses. Part of the meeting will also be devoted to the development of technologies to monitor T cell responses in response to immune interventions.
Scholarship Deadline: October 16 2018
Discounted Abstract Deadline: October 16 2018
Abstract Deadline: October 24 2018
Discounted Registration Deadline: November 27 2018
Keystone Symposia thanks our Sponsor(s) for generously supporting this meeting:
BioLegend, Inc.Organized in collaboration with Cancer Research UKGenentech, Inc.Pfizer Inc.
We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:
American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT)Genocea Biosciences
We gratefully acknowledge additional in-kind support for this conference from those foregoing speaker expense reimbursements:

Genentech, Inc.

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Grant No. 1R13CA236283-01
Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13CA236283-01 from the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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