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


Advancing SWOG's Mission with a TM Retreat

June 13, 2014 - SWOG has a long history of leadership retreats, often aimed at solving knotty administrative problems, such as suboptimal federal funding. For some time now, we have been discussing the possibility of holding a Translational Medicine retreat, to help advance our plan to further develop pathway-driven research in the cooperative groups. I am pleased to announce we now have a date and agenda (speakers still being identified and invited) for this conference. Our retreat, which will take place immediately following the close of SWOG's fall group meeting, is scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, October 25, and the morning of Sunday, October 26, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Attendance itself is still to be determined, based on funding, and space available, but we intend to make this opportunity more available to members than were prior, focused assemblies.

Working with Vice-Chair for Translational Medicine Lee Ellis, we surveyed SWOG Committee Chairs about what they would find useful, and their suggestions have gone into the topic list below. As a whole this list has met with general enthusiasm. One or several SWOG experts will lead most sessions, though we will also bring in outside experts. There will be significant time for interaction among members and Committee Leadership, as well as between Committee Chairs. There will likely be chances to meet with our industry partners.

Topics include:

  • Omics Platforms (genomics, proteomics, possibly transcriptomics)
  • Histology Agnostic Studies
  • TM: Administrative, Regulatory, and Financial
  • Master Protocols: Innovative Statistical Designs and Lessons Learned from Lung-MAP
  • Immune Therapy
  • Liquid Biopsies

A common request in the survey responses was to have time for interaction as well as pure educational sessions, and the final block will allow leadership to break into small groups, to identify specific TM issues and problems, which the Group can work on over the next year.

We'll be sending full details on the event and how to register, so keep an eye out for more information.


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