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The Front Line: Charles D. Blanke, MD, SWOG Chair


Some notes from the Fall 2013 SWOG Group Meeting

Oct 18, 2013 - SWOG has just wrapped up another highly productive, and pretty fun, Group meeting. Here are a few items I thought you might be interested in:

  • Plenary Part I, organized by Vice-Chair Lee Ellis and devoted to translational medicine topics, was packed. Hotel staff eventually brought in about 100 extra chairs to seat the overflow crowd. Aligned with Group goals of breaking down silos between disease committees and using the best available science to drive our studies, the speakers delivered, with presentations that will help SWOG investigators better integrate genomics and immune therapy into our research. (Plenary slides are now posted on the SWOG website; video will be posted shortly.)

  • The changes in the scheduling of working groups and the addition of office hours and round tables paid off, with increased interactions between SWOG members and leaders, and between clinicians and lab scientists. I look forward to the fruits of those interactions.

  • Deputy Chair Dr. Anne Schott briefed the Board of Governors on proposed changes that will align SWOG membership policy with the guidelines set out for the NCI's National Clinical Trials Network. These changes have implications for SWOG's governance model, so she also announced the formation of a Governance Working Group to determine the best structure for governing SWOG within the new NCTN. If you are interested in contributing to this Working Group, please contact Dr. Schott directly.

Finally, in my Plenary Part II remarks I asked you to consider the question of whether future group meetings should shift from the current Thursday-to-Saturday model to a Friday-to-Sunday model instead. As promised, here's a link to a simple yes/no survey asking whether we should explore this option further: [survey expired] . We need your input! Please click through to the survey and cast your vote.

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