Can you believe it? It’s time to register for the SWOG Cancer Research Network spring meeting.

SWOG members will gather online April 19-23. Please note the change - we’re spreading our sessions over a full week so you’ll have less overlap and be more likely to join all the meetings you want. Visit the group meeting page on SWOG.org to register (it’s free as always), to get key information on what to expect for this session.

While we can’t be together physically in San Francisco, we are building our best online meeting yet.

The special group meeting website is back – you can see the basic site here – so bookmark that on your computer. The site will be your one-stop-shop for the spring meeting, the place where you can view the week-long schedule of events, access the agenda book, and find links and agendas for every meeting. Expect the agenda book to land on the site at the end of March, and a fully-loaded site in early April. (Note: All meetings are scheduled Central Time, so note that when you start adding sessions to your calendar).

More highlights for spring:

- We’re bringing back Plenary I. If you’ve missed the translational medicine talks, we’ve got you covered. A one-hour Plenary I will feature Edison Liu, MD, of The Jackson Laboratory and David Tuveson, MD, PhD, from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

- We want you to run…or walk. We can’t be racing together on the Embarcadero, but we you still lace up our sneakers to support The Hope Foundation for Cancer Research by joining the “Crush the Crab” fun run and walk. You don’t have to be on the computer while you’re in motion!

- We’re making meet-ups possible. We’ll be hosting the Networking Lounge, a new feature that will allow you to interact by video, in real time, with meeting participants. You can grab a table and video chat with SWOG colleagues. You can connect with our pharmaceutical company sponsors to talk project possibilities. Or you can drop by the virtual Hope Foundation booth and get the latest on grants.

You can see a snapshot of that Networking Lounge at the meeting site by visiting here. It’s simple to use. When the full site launches in April, there will be instructions, including a video, to show you how to use the platform.

I have to admit that I wish things were different, and that, by now, we could be together in San Francisco, always magical in April. But I’m just grateful we can gather, even over video, to forward our research agenda. I’m already working on my plenary speech! Be sure to register now, and see you all online.

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