Dr Tom Gajewski (Chicago) and Dr Roberta Zappasodi (MSKCC) in plenary biomarker session
Today, the 2017 annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) kicked into gear with multiple sessions from early morning until late into the evening (Twitter #AACR17)
Above all else the meeting showcases the value of scientific research, and how improving our knowledge of cancer biology is the foundation upon which new drugs and therapies are developed.
If you know or want to know why cancer can be cured in mice but not in humans, then the AACR annual meeting is the place for you.
In today’s post we’re again providing some end of the day topline commentary on the sessions we attended and the data we heard. We also did several expert interviews that we’ll be writing up in forthcoming weeks.
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Dr Michel Sadelain at AACR 2016
Dr Michel Sadelain, Director of Cell Engineering at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York is a pioneer in the field of adoptive cell therapy.
Without his contribution, it is unlikely CAR T cell therapy would be where it is today.
He’s also President of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT), whose annual meeting is currently underway in Washington DC from May 4 to 7 (Twitter #ASGCT16).
Recently at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Dr Sadelain gave an outstanding presentation on turbo-charged CAR T cells, and shared some of his ideas on how to move the field forward.
In New Orleans, he also kindly spoke to BSB, and discussed how he thinks cell therapy researchers may obtain the “holy grail” of getting CAR T cell therapies to work effectively in solid tumors.
Dr Sadelin is someone who wants to break the immunology rules!
Not surprisingly, Dr Sadelain is optimistic and doesn’t share the view expressed by Dr Steven Rosenberg on CAR T cell therapies being limited to mostly hematologic malignancies when we interviewed him a year ago at last year’s ASGCT meeting. There’s nothing like a friendly controversy to spice the field up!
If you haven’t already done so, do listen to Dr Rosenberg on Episode 5 of the Novel Targets Podcast (@TargetsPodcast).
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