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The keynote address at the 2018 CRI CIMT EATI AACR International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference in New York last month was given by Ignacio Melero (Pamplona). Professor Melero gave an engaging and informative presentation entitled, “The immunotherapy faces of Interleukin–8 and CD137.” He also had a related talk on “4–1BB and Metabolism” at the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) meeting this weekend.

Pinning down new opportunities in IL-8 and 4-1BB

The late and sadly missed, Dr Holbrook Kohrt (Stanford), worked closely with Prof Melero on targeting CD137 or 4–1BB, as it’s more commonly known.

Regular readers may recall our interview wth Dr Kohrt back at Immunology 2015 in New Orleans (Link).

If you missed it, we also shared some excerpts from this discussion on Episode 6 of the Novel Targets Podcast, “Stepping on the Gas” (Link). There was also a tribute to Dr Kohrt from Dr Ron Levy (Stanford) at the start of Episode 11 of the podcast (Link).

Professor Melero kindly spoke to BSB at SITC 2018 and shared his thoughts on where we are three years on and where his research is currently focused in relation to cytokines, and in particular, IL–8.

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Times Square, New York

New York – Every now and then you go to a cancer conference and instead of hearing the expected standard talk that is repeated time and time again for a season or so, you are delighted with a more engaging and uninhibited approach that captivates and informs on the latest state of the art progress.

It also means that more than the presenter realises is perhaps shared.  That’s very good news indeed for intrepid science writers and anyone who cares to listen or read.

The research mentioned in today’s post falls in the engaged and delighted category…

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A warm welcome for Nobel Laureate Dr Jim Allison at CICON18

With all the furore and excitement over Dr Jim Allison’s Nobel prize award that hit CICON18 on Monday, it would be fair to say it was the highlight of the conference for many and it was pretty cool to be there in New York at the time.

Aside from the external news, there were also some intriguing developments to report on the CAR T cell therapy front – you might be forgiven for thinking that there’s not much new to say with two products now approved, but I have to point out that this is a very active area of research and there’s much going on here that is well worth highlighting.

Cell therapy is a bit like the twilight zone in the city that never sleeps – there’s a different vibe and energy about this particular research niche in oncology and quite a few new developments to discuss…

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Heading Downtown for #CICON18

New York – It’s always good to see cancer researchers receive a Nobel prize.

I don’t think anyone at #CICON18 was surprised to see Dr Jim Allison as a recipient.  I’m delighted to see Prof Honjo was also recognised too, as he discovered the PD-1 checkpoint target:

Moving on it’s time for some highlights of the first day of the meeting – a couple of interesting findings emerged from the proceedings…

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Increasingly we are seeing more research on the inflammatory status of the tumour microenvironment (TME) in recent years, not to mention the impact of cytokine and chemokine signalling pathways, and how they can be manipulated therapeutically.

There’s also a much wider range of novel immunotherapy approaches being evaluated such as checkpoints, CARs and vaccines with respect to both T and NK cell therapies. There are also a few other immune cells being targeted for developmental therapeutics.

As part of the ongoing CICON18 Preview series, we take a look at what’s in store and why the latest ten we’ve highlighted matter in the broader context of the evolving landscape…

For those who missed it, Part 1 can be found here.

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4th CRI-CIMT-EATI-AACR meeting in NYC

The next conference we plan on attending will be the 4th CRI-CIMT-EATI-AACR meeting in New York starting on Sun 30th Sept.

Having been to the 3rd annual event in Mainz meeting last Fall, I have to say it was absolutely fantastic and well organised, with plenty of researchers giving some excellent science based talks.  There was also a heavy focus on neoantigens and neoepitopes in the poster halls, making it a good place to learn from up and coming young European researchers keen to share and discuss their work.

To find out what’s in store this time around on US soil, we took a look at the program and came up with the first of our previews exploring some interesting topics…

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