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All About Spring 2017 Group Meeting

SWOG's Spring 2017 Group Meeting will take place April 26-29 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 26.

Spring 2017 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 $267 plus tax. The cut off date for making reservations is April 3. Any reservations after that time will be based on rate and space availability. To cancel or change your Hyatt reservation, call 888-421-1442.

The Hyatt is sold out of standard rooms at the group rate for some of the conference dates. If you are making a reservation, it will be at the best available rate. If your dates are not available in the SWOG room block 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)

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 Friday, March 31. 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.

Group Meeting Event Information

CRA Clinical Trials Training Course  Jeri and Noboru Oishi Symposium
ORP Open Forum Plenary  Part I (TM)
Translational Medicine Retreat Palliative Care Symposium
Plenary Part II (General) Radiation Oncology Symposium
Conference Kickoff Fun Run and Walk

Plenary Part I (TM)

The spring meeting's Translational Medicine Plenary will take place Thursday, April 27, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Speakers and topics will include:

  • Introductory comments
    Lee M. Ellis, M.D., Vice-Chair for Translational Medicine
  • Lessons learned from a decade of Precision Medicine at PMH: Where do we go from here?
    Lillian Siu, MD, FRCPC, FASCO, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

  • Combination Immune Therapy
    Mario Sznol, MD, Yale School of Medicine

  • Building teams in cancer research: SU2C
    Marge Foti, PhD, MD (hc), CEO American Association for Cancer Research

Plenary Part II (General)

SWOG's 2017 general plenary session will take place Friday, April 28, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. It will focus on clinical trial innovation.

  • SWOG Executive officers Dr. Chris Ryan, Dr. Julie Gralow, and Dr. Susan O'Brien will deliver an overview of unique treatment trials underway in their SWOG research committees.

  • Dr. Deborah Zarin, director of ClinicalTrials.gov at the National Institutes of Health, will discuss improvements to the world's largest online clinical trials registry.

  • Linda House, president of Cancer Support Community, one of the largest nonprofit cancer support groups worldwide, will deliver the Harry E. Hynes lecture on the latest trends in survivorship research.

CRA Clinical Trials Training Course

The Clinical Trials Training Course will be held on Wednesday, April 26. 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.


Jeri and Noboru Oishi Symposium

The Jeri and Noboru Oishi Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 27, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm, following the Nurse/CRA business meeting. Speakers and topics will include the following:

  • SWOG-Data Operations & Statistical Center Update

  • Protocol Feasibility Tool - Implementing a clinical trial at your site
    Ceil Petrowsky, RN, MSN, Loyola University
  • Advocacy in Clinical Trials - A Patient Experience
    Judy Johnson, SWOG Patient Advocate

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 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, April 27, 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:

  • QA Audit Review, Regulatory Review & SAE Reporting
  • Data Management for ORPs
  • Preparing for Drug Accountability & Pharmacy Audit
  • Specimen Preparation and Shipment
  • SWOG Federal Reimbursements & CTI Non-Federal Reimbursements
  • Hot Topics in ORP Site Administration
  • Committee Discussions
  • Clinical Trial Review Guide
  • S1400 Lung MAP Site Coordinator Committee
  • S1417CD Financial Impact Assessment Tool (GI)

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.

Translational Medicine Retreat on Biomarkers for Immune Therapy

The Translational Medicine Retreat will take place on Thursday, April 27, 6:00 - 8:05 p.m. Speakers and topics will include:

  • Introduction and Welcome
    Lee M. Ellis, M.D., Vice-Chair for Translational Medicine

  • FDA Blueprint Project: Comparing current used PD-L1 assays
    Fred Hirsch, University of Colorado

  • Multiplexed quantitative immune-profiling in tumor tissues
    Kurt Schalper, Yale

  • Beyond Expression Level: How spatial relationships between cells and biomarkers add to predictive/prognostic value
    Paul Tumeh, Acteris

  • Multi-parametric biomarker program from Genentech
    Priti Hegde, Genentech

  • The Merck gene expression profile in predicting response to Anti-PD1
    David Kaufman, Merck

  • CIBERSORT and computational approaches to unravel genomic data for immune markers
    Aaron Newman, Stanford

  • Is all the information in the tumor cell? Mutation and pathway analyses as predictive biomarkers
    Roger Lo, UCLA

  • Is all the information in the T-cell infiltrate? TCR and activation analyses of Tumor T-cell infiltrates
    Larry Fong, UCSF

Palliative Care Symposium

The Palliative Care Symposium will take place Friday, April 28, 9:45 - 11:45 a.m. This two-hour event will feature four special speakers who have been invited to share their expertise in clinical care delivery models, medical ethics, oncology faculty training, and palliative care interventions. The agenda for this event will highlight patient-physician communication and advanced care planning, palliative care in oncology, and more. Because SWOG has not previously committed to develop an education and outreach program to address these unmet needs, the long-term goal of this symposium is the development of a research program to address palliative care and advance care planning issues within SWOG and NCI's National Clinical Trials Network. Speakers will include:

  • Anthony Back, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Washington

  • Amy Vandenbroucke, JD, Executive Director, National POLST Paradigm

  • Christine Richie, MD, MSPH, Professor of Medicine, University of California

  • Marie Bakitas, DNSc, NP-C, FAAN, Professor, Marie O'Koren Endowed Chair, Associate Director, Center for Palliative and Supportive Care, The University of Alabama at Birmingham


Radiation Oncology Symposium

The Radiation Oncology Symposium will take place Saturday, April 29, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. This session will focus on strategic planning for radiation research in SWOG. Featured Topics and Speakers:

Clinical Trial Designs:

  • Heiko Enderling, Ph.D., Integrated Mathematical Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center
  • James Welsh, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Parminder Singh, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Medical Oncology; Mayo Clinic Arizona

Translational Research:

  • Martin Brown, D.Phil., FASTRO, Emeritus Professor Dept. Neurology, Stanford University
  • Paul Okunieff, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Florida, Chair, SWOG Radiation Oncology and Conflict Management Committees

Biological Modifiers and Targeted Therapies:

  • Robert Bristow, M.D. Ph.D., Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto
  • Paul Spellman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Molecular & Medicinal Genetics, Oregon Health & Science University

Diagnostic Imaging and Biomarkers:

  • Susan Knox, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford University
  • Charles Manning, Ph.D., Professor of Radiology, Chemistry, Biomedical, Engineering, Vanderbilt Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and VICC Director of Cancer Imaging Research, Vanderbilt University
  • Felix Feng, M.D., Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology; Urology; and Medicine, Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Director of Translational Research, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of California, San Francisco


  • AstraZeneca; Susan Galbraith, M.D., Ph.D., Vice President and Head of OncologyiMed, Innovative Medicines
  • Enterade; Steven Finkelstein, M.D., former Director of Research, 21st Century Oncology

Conference Kickoff Fun Run and Walk

What: An informal group exercise outing to gather friends, take in the natural beauty of the bay, and get ready for a great meeting. 5K run and 2.5K walk. Go at your own pace!

When: Thursday, April 27 at 6:00 am: Gather in the Grand Foyer of the hotel beginning at 5:30 to meet up, energize with coffee and breakfast snacks, and break into running and walking groups.

Where: Along San Francisco's famous Embarcadero, with views of the piers, the bay, and Alcatraz Island.

Please note: Due to prohibitive licensing fees, this year's free and informal outing replaces the former "Crush the Crab" event.

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