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All About Spring 2014 Group Meeting

SWOG's Spring 2014 Group Meeting will take place April 30-May 3 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. 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 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 30.

Spring 2014 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

Due to unexpectedly high demand over the conference dates, guest room availability at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco is limited. If your dates are not available in the SWOG room block (https://aws.passkey.com/g/19913985), please visit the main reservation page (http://sanfranciscoregency.hyatt.com) to view their best available rates during your stay.

If accommodations are not available at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, some nearby hotels that you can check with are:

Grand Hyatt San Francisco
345 Stockton Street (1 Mile)
      Hyatt Regency Fisherman's Wharf
555 North Point Street (1.8 Miles)

Le Meridian
333 Battery Street (0.3 Miles)
      Hotel Vitale
8 Mission Street (0.3 Miles)

Harbor Court
165 Steuart Street (0.3 Miles)
      Hilton Financial District
756 Kearny Street (0.6 Miles)

We apologize for any inconvenience this room shortage causes for our members. Registration numbers for this spring's meeting have unexpectedly jumped almost 20 percent above last year's numbers. We are already working to ensure that extra rooms are available for this fall's meeting should we again see such a spike in registration numbers.

Travel Arrangements Through Conlin Travel

SWOG has contracted with Conlin Travel to provide discounted travel arrangements for the Spring Group Meeting in San Francisco. 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 San Francisco 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 Spring Group Meeting is 4:00 PM Central time Wednesday, March 26. 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/CEW ORP Open Forum
CRA Clinical Trials Training Course  Office Hours (by appt)
"Meet-the-Professor" Lunches Open Office Hours
Immunologic Biomarkers Workshop Lung-MAP S1400 Master Protocol Kick-Off Mtg
Crush the Crab 5K Run/2.5K Walk

Plenary Part I (TM)

The spring meeting's Translational Medicine Plenary will take place Thursday, May 1, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Speakers and topics will include the following:

  • Introductory comments
    Lee M. Ellis, M.D., Vice-Chair for Translational Medicine
  • Topic: Antibody drug conjugates - promise beyond breast cancer
    Howard "Skip" Burris, III, M.D., Sarah Cannon Research Institute

  • Emerging Data from SWOG Partners CSHL and JAX
    • Jackson Laboratory update
      Carol Bult, Ph.D., The Jackson Laboratory
    • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory update
      David Tuveson, M.D., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

  • Best of SWOG Translational Medicine
    • Gastrointestinal Committee TM Update
      Heinz-Josef Lenz, M.D., GI TM Subcommittee Chair
    • Lymphoma Committee TM Update
      Richard Eric Davis, M.D., Lymphoma TM Subcommittee Chair
    • Lung Committee TM Update
      Fred Hirsch, M.D., Ph.D., Lung TM Subcommittee Vice-Chair

  • Overview & Update on BIQSFP Program
    Meg Mooney, M.D., M.B.A., Chief, Clinical Investigations Branch, Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program, National Cancer Institute

Plenary Part II (General)

The spring meeting's General Plenary will take place Friday, May 2, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Speakers and topics will include the following:

  • Chair's welcoming and update
    Charles D. Blanke, M.D., SWOG Chair

  • Best of SWOG Update: Statistical Center
    Joseph Unger, Ph.D., Statistician, Cancer Control & Prevention

  • Best of SWOG Update: Breast
    Gabriel Hortobagyi, M.D., Chair, Breast Committee

  • Best of SWOG Update: Leukemia
    Harry Erba, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, Leukemia Committee

  • Best of SWOG Update: Cancer Survivorship
    Carol Fabian, M.D. and/or Robert Krouse, M.D., Co-Chairs, Cancer Survivorship Committee

  • "Using technology to enhance clinical trial accrual"
    Neal Meropol, M.D., Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • 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 & Continuing Education Workshop (CEW)

The Jeri and Noboru Oishi Symposium & CEW will be held on Thursday, May 1, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm, following the Nurse/CRA business meeting. The topic for the Symposium will be "Cancer Care Delivery Research at Community Sites." Speakers and topics will include the following:

  • Cancer Care Delivery Research: history, importance, integration into community sites
    Rachel Ballard-Barbash, M.D., M.P.H. and Kathleen Castro, R.N., M.S., A.O.C.N.
  • CCDR Capacity Building and Assessment
    Lucy Gansauer, R.N., M.S.N., O.C.N.
  • Assessing Clinical Trial Associated Workload
    Marge Good, R.N., M.P.H., O.C.N.
  • CTSU: Recent Changes due to the NCTN
    Lucille Patrichuk, B.S.N., M.B.A.

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 will be available later, from a 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, May 1, 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.

CRA Clinical Trials Training Course

The Clinical Trials Training Course will be held on Wednesday, April 30. It introduces the fundamentals of SWOG and National Cancer Institute (NCI) policies and procedures. It provides the foundation to efficiently perform responsibilities as a Clinical Research Associate.


Office Hours (by appointment)

Office hours give any and all members a chance for informal discussions and networking with representatives from our basic science member sites and with senior leaders from SWOG and our partner organizations. A major goal is to identify common research challenges and opportunities, bridging the disease sites and cancer control efforts.

Registration is required. Sign up for a timeslot when you complete your Group Meeting registration.

Friday, May 2, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm & 3:15 - 4:30 pm

(Dr. David Tuveson will be available for appointments Thursday, May 1, 4:45-5:45 pm and Friday, May 2, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm. You can sign up for a time slot on the Office Hours signup sheet when you complete your Group Meeting registration.)

We have added office hours with two of our industry partners and supporters -- Christiane Langer from Genentech and Kenneth Culver from Novartis. Friday, May 2, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm. Email cwille@swog.org to request a 20-minute time slot.

James Hicks, PhD, CSHL, & Peter Kuhn, PhD, The Scripps Research Institutecirculating tumor cells, circulating free DNA analysis, genomic analysis, epigenomics, fluid biopsy, treatment response monitoring
Edison Liu, MD, JAXCancer genomics. Genomic diagnostics. Patient-derived xenografts. Combination therapeutics. Drug development.
Daniel Hayes, MD, Univ of Michcirculating tumor cells, protein expression on CTCs as trial endpoints and indicators of therapeutic effect
David Tuveson, MD, CSHLpatient-derived xenografts, targeting stroma, surrogate models of sensitivity to drugs
Meg Mooney, MD, MBA, NCI Clinical Investigations BranchIntegral and Integrated Translational Studies in NCTN Trials and the Biomarker, Imaging and Quality of Life Studies Funding Program (BIQSFP)
Michael LeBlanc, PhD, SWOG Statistical Centerstatistical methods for clinical trials, adaptive and non-parametric regression models, survival analysis
Elizabeth M. Jaffee, MD, Johns Hopkins UnivBiomarkers for immunotherapy, tumor microenvironment analyses, immune checkpoint pathways

"Meet-the-Professor" Lunches for Early-Career Investigators

Meet-the-Professor lunches are career development sessions over a box lunch that offer a chance for early-career investigators to interact with senior leaders in an informal, small group setting. Each lunch will be limited to no more than eight participants. Registration is required. Sign up for an MTP session when you complete your Group Meeting registration.

  • Craig Nichols, M.D., Executive Officer CCOPs
  • Powel Brown, M.D., Co-Chair, Prevention Committee
  • Howard Hochster, M.D., Chair, GI Committee

Friday, May 2, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Open Office Hours

Open Office Hours offer a chance to learn, brainstorm, and share ideas. All members are free to stop in and join in the discussion. Advance registration is not necessary.

  • Biospecimen Banking and the SWOG Biorepository
    Laura Monovich and Filiz Muharem, Nationwide Children's Hospital Biopathology Center
  • Contracting and Finances
    Nathan Eriksen, Dana Sparks, and Richard Cecil, SWOG Network Operations Center
  • Social Media
    Michael Fisch, M.D.

Friday, May 2, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm & 3:15 - 4:35 pm.

Immunologic Biomarkers Workshop

Friday, May 2, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
This is an investigator workshop on immunologic biomarkers that will be led by Elizabeth M. Jaffee, M.D., and Robert Anders, M.D., Ph.D., both of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University.

Drs. Jaffee and Anders will speak on the fundamentals of targeting the immune system, and on tissue-derived and circulating biomarkers that would be in compliance with BIQSFP guidelines. There will be plenty of time for group questions and discussion. The workshop will then move to brief case presentations of several immune therapy proposals by SWOG members with feedback from the experts.

In an effort to keep this session interactive, attendance will be limited to 100 attendees. Registration for the Immunologic Workshop is required. Sign up for the workshop when registering for the group meeting.


Lung-MAP S1400 Lung Master Protocol Kick-Off Meeting

Friday, May 2, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Lung-MAP (S1400) is a large scale, phase II/III screening/clinical registration "master protocol" that will genomically test patients with advanced stage lung sqamous cell carcinoma and will use the screening results to direct each patient to one of several sub-studies, each defined by a genomic biomarker in the tumor and a drug that targets it. Patients will be randomized to their sub-study's biomarker-driven targeted therapy or to standard-of-care treatment.

Each sub-study will function independently, and when an interim endpoint for a sub-study is met, that drug-biomarker specific combination will proceed to FDA approval of the new drug with its matching companion diagnostic.

Lung-MAP is the result of an unprecedented public-private collaboration between government, non-profit, and for-profit organizations. If its Master Protocol strategy is successful, it could serve as a prototype for drug registration in other settings.

The S1400 kick-off session in San Francisco will feature brief presentations by study chairs, statisticians, data management staff, and more. You'll leave the session with the knowledge and tools to generate excitement about launching Lung-MAP at your institution.

Crush the Crab 5K Run and 2.5K Walk

When: Thursday, May 1 at 6:00 am: Please meet in the Grand Foyer of the hotel beginning at 5:30 to sign-in. We will then walk to the starting point of the race as a group and the race will begin at 6:00 am.

Where: The course will be along San Francisco's famous Embarcadero, with views of the piers, the bay, and Alcatraz Island. The start and finish line is near the hotel to allow participants maximum time to get ready for morning meetings.

Entry fee: There is no fee to participate. Sign up online when you register for the meeting, or at the registration desk on site. All participants will receive a free commemorative t-shirt. Medals will be handed out to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each age category.

Please note: Eligibility for trophies is extended ONLY to those individuals who are participating in the run and are registered members of SWOG, or registered Group Meeting attendees, or individuals affiliated with the Group, and to their family members.

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