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All About Fall 2013 Group Meeting

SWOG's Fall 2013 Group Meeting will take place October 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. For Group Meeting questions not answered here, you can send us a message via the Contact Us page. On-line registration has closed. The on-site registration desk will open at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, October 9.

Fall 2013 Group Meeting

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Group Meeting and Travel Logistics

Hotel Reservations Conlin Travel Information
Membership Application Deadline CME Information
Need Special Accommodations?

Hotel Reservations

You can reserve your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency online or by calling 888-421-1442. When calling, ask for the SWOG room block. The Group room rate is $250 plus tax. The cut off date for making reservations is September 16. Any reservations after that time will be based on rate and space availability. To cancel or change your Hyatt reservation, call 888-421-1442.

Travel Arrangements Through Conlin Travel

SWOG has contracted with Conlin Travel to provide discounted travel arrangements for the Fall Group Meeting in Chicago. To take advantage of the discounted rates, contact Conlin Travel by phone at 800-783-9559. Be sure to mention that you are traveling to Chicago for the SWOG meeting.

If your travel is not funded directly by the Group Chair's Office, you may use Conlin Travel but you will have to pay for your airfare upfront. You will then need to request reimbursement after the Group Meeting, if applicable.

Membership Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting membership nominations to the Operations Office for consideration by the Board of Governors at the Fall Group Meeting is 4:00 PM Central time Friday, September 6. Consult the Membership page for more information; for a complete outline of the nomination process, refer to Policy Memorandum No. 7.

Need Special Accommodations?

If you need special arrangements or accommodations to fully participate in all Group Meeting functions, please contact the meetings manager at 210-614-8808 after you register online.

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Group Meeting Event Information

Plenary  Part I (TM) Plenary Part II (General)
Jeri and Noboru Oishi Symposium ORP Open Forum
ORP Continuing Education Workshop Bioinformatics Workshop
Translational Medicine Office Hours (CSHL, JAX, & UMichigan)
Disease & Research Open Office Hours
Innovation Open Office Hours

Plenary Part I (TM)

The fall meeting's Translational Medicine Plenary, "Integrating Genomics and Immune Therapy in SWOG Research," will take place Thursday, October 10, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Speakers and topics will include the following:

  • Introductory comments
    Lee M. Ellis, M.D., Vice-Chair for Translational Medicine

Genomic Medicine
  • Differences in genomic platforms
    James Rae, Ph.D., Executive Officer
  • How to select a genomics platform
    Christopher L. Corless, M.D., Ph.D., Vice-Chair, Gastrointestinal TM Subcommittee

Best of SWOG Translational Medicine
  • Translational Medicine: GU Cancers Committee
    David J. McConkey, Ph.D., Chair, Genitourinary TM Subcommittee
  • Translational Medicine: Breast Committee
    Daniel F. Hayes, M.D., Chair, Breast TM Subcommittee
  • Translational Medicine: Melanoma Committee
    Kim A. Margolin, M.D., Chair, Melanoma TM Subcommittee

Emerging Data from SWOG Partner CSHL
  • "Organoids: A new primary tissue approach for understanding pancreatic cancer"
    David Tuveson, M.D., Ph.D., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Immune Therapy Comes of Age
  • Immunologic therapy
    Michael B. Atkins, M.D., Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Plenary Part II (General)

The fall meeting's General Plenary, "Innovation: Present Meets Future," will take place Friday, October 11, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Speakers and topics will include the following:

  • Chair's welcoming and update
    Charles D. Blanke, M.D., SWOG Chair
  • Leading Innovation in the Cooperative Group Setting
    Craig Nichols, M.D., Executive Officer
  • Best of SWOG Update: Myeloma
    Robert Z. Orlowski, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, Barlogie-Salmon Myeloma Committee
  • Best of SWOG Update: Outcomes and Comparative Effectiveness
    Scott D. Ramsey, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Chair, Outcomes and Comparative Effectiveness Committee
  • Best of SWOG Update: Lung
    David R. Gandara, M.D., Chair, Lung Committee
  • Lori Minasian Lecture in Cancer Control and Prevention
    Lori Minasian, M.D., Deputy Director, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute

Jeri and Noboru Oishi Symposium

The Jeri and Noboru Oishi Symposium will be held on Thursday, October 10, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, following the Nurse/CRA business meeting. The topic for the Symposium will be "NCI Program Changes and AE Guidance." From 8:00 - 8:30 am, prior to the symposium, there will be a presentation on "Introduction and Specimen Submission Details for S1222 (postmenopausal, hormone receptor positive Stage IV breast cancer)" given by Drs. Somlo, Hayes and Hicks. Symposium speakers include Kari Williams, RN, BSN and Marge Good, RN, MPH, OCN.

To sign up, choose Jeri and Noboru Oishi Symposium as an event during Group Meeting online registration. Please note: Handouts will not be provided at the workshop, but are available from the link below. You will need to print the handouts and bring with you to the group meeting. Thank you for your cooperation in this cost saving measure.

This activity has been submitted to the Oncology Nursing Society for approval to award contact hours. ONS is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Centerís COA.

SoCRA attendance certificates will also be provided.


Oncology Research Professionals Open Forum

The ORP Open Forum offers the opportunity to discuss all of your technical questions!

The ORP Open Forum is set for Thursday, October 10, 12:30-2:00 pm. This forum offers a great opportunity to get answers to your clinical trial questions and to address the science and technical research issues that challenge us today! Come meet your facilitator in a small group setting to discuss interesting topics including:

  • Quality Assurance Audits
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Data Management Tips/Tools for CRAs
  • CTCAEs v4.0 and SAE Q&A
  • Cancer Treatment Modalitites Q&A
  • Specimen Preparation and Shipment
  • SWOG Federal Reimbursments
  • SWOG CTI Non-Federal Reimbursements
  • Hot topics in Site Administration
  • Recruitment Efforts Maximized

Look for these topics at the group meeting. Members of the ORP Committee will also be present to meet with CRAs. For more information or suggestions, contact pamela.frazier-jones@swedish.org.

Oncology Research Professionals (ORP) Continuing Education Workshop

The ORP Continuing Education Workshop will be on Friday, October 11, 8:00 - 11:30 am.

The topic for the Continuing Education Workshop will be Renal Carcinoma. Featured speakers include Elisabeth I. Heath, MD, Christopher W. Ryan, MD, Najla Bugazia, PharmD and Michele O'Brien, RN, MSN, ACNNS-BC, BA.

Please note: Agendas and handouts will not be provided at the workshop, but are available from the link below.


Bioinformatics Workshop

Registration for the Bioinformatics Workshop has closed. If you are interested in participating in this workshop please email Courtney Wille, cwille@swog.org.Your name will be added to a waiting list in case of any cancellations.

"Bioinformatics Tools for Clinical Researchers: How to access, analyze, and interpret data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and related databases"

This hands-on workshop at the SWOG Fall 2013 Group Meeting will introduce clinical researchers to data and user-friendly bioinformatics tools that will be directly applicable to their research. We will accept a maximum of 50 registrations for this workshop. Register early!

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 12
Registration required

Translational Medicine Office Hours

Several of our scientist partners from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, The Jackson Laboratory, and the University of Michigan will hold "office hours" for SWOG investigators interested in exploring potential collaborations. Office hours will be on Friday before Plenary Part II and registration is required. To sign up for a time slot, please visit the onsite SWOG registration desk.

Disease & Research Open Office Hours

In evaluations of recent SWOG group meetings, many of you have said you would like more chances to interact across committees and learn about what others are doing and planning. To test one approach to providing these opportunities, several SWOG leaders will hold open office hours for informal discussion about work going on in their disease and research area. If you're looking to explore collaboration in any of these areas, here's your chance to reach out. No need to register in advance; just show up and join the conversation.

  • Open Office Hours: Lung Cancer
    Karen Kelly, M.D., Lung Committee
    12 - 1 pm, Fri, Oct 11, Acapulco Room
  • Open Office Hours: Cancer Control & Prevention
    Frank M. Meyskens, Jr., M.D., Associate Chair, Cancer Control & Prevention
    3 - 4 pm, Fri, Oct 11, Acapulco Room
  • Open Office Hours: Leukemia
    Harry Erba, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, Leukemia Committee
    3 - 4 pm, Fri, Oct 11, Acapulco Room

Innovation Open Office Hours

With the rollout of the National Clinical Trials Network next year, the NCI is looking for new approaches to cancer research, and we at SWOG are dedicated to "improving through innovation" across all aspects of our operations. Dr. Craig Nichols and Dr. Michael Fisch will hold open office hours on "social innovation," including how best to take advantage of social media to help us achieve our mission. These will be great venues for trading ideas and brainstorming, so get involved! No need to register in advance; just show up and join the conversation, Friday, Oct 11, 3 - 4 pm, Acapulco Room (Gold Level, West Tower).

  • Open Office Hours: Innovation
    Craig Nichols, M.D., Executive Officer
    3 - 4 pm, Fri, Oct 11, Acapulco Room
  • Open Office Hours: Social Media
    Michael Fisch, M.D., Chair, SWOG Social Media Working Group
    3 - 4 pm, Fri, Oct 11, Acapulco Room

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