Learn about the basics of cancer immunotherapy, a highly promising new approach to cancer treatment. Medical experts along with patients who have been treated with immunotherapy will discuss how research and patient participation in clinical trials is helping us get closer to cures for all types of cancer. Space is limited, so register today!

People of all ages and cancer types are invited to attend this FREE half-day Saturday event. Caregivers, friends, family, and advocates are also encouraged to join.


9:00am | Registration and networking

10:00am | Welcome by the Cancer Research Institute

10:15am | Learn the Basics of Immunotherapy – Vamsidhar Velcheti, M.D. (NYU Langone)

10:45am | Expert panel: Immunotherapy research updates, moderated by Vamsidhar Velcheti, M.D. (NYU Langone) with Sylvia Adams, M.D. (NYU Langone); Claire Friedman, M.D. (MSKCC); Gulam A. Manji, M.D. Ph.D. (CUIMC)

11:30am | Patient perspective: A message from melanoma survivor Mary Elizabeth Willliams

12:00pm | Lunch and networking

1:00pm | Learn about clinical trials

1:15pm | Patient panel: Hear directly from patients who have participated in immunotherapy clinical trials

2:15pm | Breakout sessions: Your choice of deeper dive Q&A moderated by our experts in

  • Breast Cancer, moderated by Sylvia Adams, M.D. (NYU Langone)
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer, moderated by Gulam A. Manji, M.D., Ph.D. (CUIMC)
  • Gynecologic Cancer, moderated by Claire Friedman, M.D. (MSKCC)
  • General Immunotherapy, moderated by Vamsidhar Velcheti, M.D. (NYU Langone)

3:30pm | Program close

Appointments with clinical trial navigators will be available throughout the day to help you find immunotherapy clinical trials, connect with study sites, and answer questions. The service is free and completely confidential. Indicate your interest for an appointment on the registration page.

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Please email your questions to the Cancer Research Institute associate director of patient engagement at coffit@cancerresearch.org