Here we go again! Registration is open for our SWOG Cancer Research Network fall meeting, to be held October 2-5 in Chicago. You can sign up, view the schedule of events, and find possible sources of travel support in the meeting section on You’ll find a terrific menu of sessions including:

- Plenary I, our translational medicine session, includes Dr. David McConkey of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine speaking on biomarkers in our S1314 COXEN trial; Dr. Elise Kohn of the National Cancer Institute on accessing biospecimens for translational studies; and Dr. Alex Adjei of Mayo Clinic on inhibiting KRAS in the clinic.

- A digitally engaging Plenary II, where SWOG’s own Drs. Don Dizon and Mark Lewis join Dr. Bonnie Spring of Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine to walk us through the digital revolution in oncology – including tools to help us find information and communicate with each other and our patients, and assist us in running cancer trials. What’s really new – “digital therapeutics,” software-driven interventions to prevent, manage, and treat disease, with heavy involvement of the FDA (which you should be aware of).
- Also at Plenary II, we are honored to host an especially distinguished Harry E. Hynes memorial speaker. Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade of The University of Chicago Pritzger School of Medicine is an expert on breast cancer genetics, with a specific focus on BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in women of African descent. One of the first U.S. clinicians to offer cancer risk assessment and genetic testing, she is the winner of a MacArthur Fellowship – the so-called “genius grant” – and an ASCO Humanitarian Award.

- A special session sponsored by the GU committee and three kick-off meetings on new SWOG trials, as well as our annual fall NCORP Research Base Workshop and the Jeri and Noboru Oishi Symposium.

- Our first-ever annual Twitter training, organized by the digital engagement committee, for members interested in learning why and how to use this social media platform for their cancer research work. The committee will sponsor this one-hour training session for members at every upcoming fall meeting.
When you plan for the meeting, please use Guidebook, our group meeting app. You can create a personalized session schedule, get hotel maps and other info, and even see who’s registered to attend – and send friends direct messages. Guidebook data will help us figure out what sessions are popular and which ones aren’t, and it will help us build better meetings for you.

See you in Chicago!