Fall 2023 SWOG Group Meeting

Registration for virtual attendees only has reopened.  All in person attendees should register at the onsite registration desk beginning Wednesday, October 11 at 8:00 am CT.

Virtual attendees and presenters may access call-in links on our virtual meeting webpage:  ​​​​​https://www.swog.org/swog-fall-2023-virtual-meeting-details

Group Meeting Mobile App

*NEW*  The SWOG group meeting mobile app is your pocket guide to the meeting! Create your schedule; access a directory of presenters, session leaders, and attendees who opt in; claim CME credits; access the full agenda book as a PDF; and more. Must create an account to view all features.

Use one of the links or QR codes below to download from Google or Apple or to access the browser version of the app online (no app install needed).

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       Visit the browser version
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SWOG's Fall 2023 Hybrid Group Meeting will take place October 11-14 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago and online. All session times are in Central Time (CT). For Group Meeting questions not answered here, you can send us a message to meetings@swog.org.

Most Sessions Will Be Live-Streamed

If you are unable to travel to the Chicago meeting, please join us online for live-streamed sessions. Remote attendees and presenters can access call links for open sessions on our virtual meeting webpage.  Call-in details for invitation-only meetings will not be posted but instead will be sent out by email to all those invited.

  • Meeting Booklet
    • Starting this fall, the meeting agenda book will be provided in PDF form only. Printed agenda books will NOT be provided in Chicago.
    • A printed agenda pocket card/tri-fold brochure WILL be provided in Chicago, as at past meetings.
    • A new mobile app with meeting details will also be available for download to your phone or tablet in late September. App content will also be accessible via a standard web browser.
  • Report of Studies
  • CME Credit Are Available for Many Sessions: Please visit the meeting mobile app or online here to claim credits.  You must create an account and sign in to claim credits.
  • Exhibitor Information: Exhibits will be held October 12-13 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
  • Pharmaceutical Partners: We look forward to your participation at the SWOG 2023 Fall Group Meeting!
    Please note: SWOG has updated the registration policy to ensure we can maintain meetings of the highest caliber.  Pharma partners attending in person and not specifically invited to present as part of the Group Meeting Agenda will be required to pay a per-person registration fee of $250.

    Please visit The Hope Foundation’s Group Meeting Registration Payment Page to make any necessary payments.  Payment can be made via credit card or check.  Questions can be directed to Mallory Glenn at mallory@thehopefoundation.org or (734) 546-8434.
  • Speaker/Planner Disclosures
Tweeting the meeting? Please use the hashtag #swogonc.

Group Meeting and Travel Logistics


Hotel Reservations

You can reserve your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency online or by calling 312-565-1234. When calling, ask for the SWOG room block. The Group room rate is $289 plus tax. The cut-off date for making reservations is September 11. Any reservations after that time will be based on rate and space availability. To cancel or change your Hyatt reservation, call 312-565-1234.


Need Special Accommodations?

If you need special arrangements or accommodations to fully participate in all Group Meeting functions, please contact the meetings manager at 210-614-8808, ext. 1009 after you register online.

​Group Meeting Funding/Travel Support

SWOG and The Hope Foundation provide funding to support travel for member CRAs and nurses, NCORP Early-Stage Investigators, Board of Governors members, and Modality and Discipline Investigators to attend the group’s semi-annual meetings. Committee funds are also available through The Hope Foundation to help support committee efforts at the group meetings that aren't funded via the NCORP or NCTN grants.

For specific details and links to apply, please visit the Funding and Travel Support page: Group Meeting Funding/Travel Support | SWOG

Group Meeting Event Information

Plenary I (Translational Medicine)

The fall meeting's Translational Medicine Plenary will take place Thursday, October 12, 3:30 - 5:00 pm CT:

SWOG Vice Chair for Translational Medicine  Professor of Surgical Oncology and Molecular and Cellular Oncology  The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Welcome and Introduction
Lee M. Ellis, MD, FASCO
Vice-Chair for Translational Medicine
MD Anderson Cancer Center

S2108CD: Implementing Genomic Tumor Boards in the Community Setting: Can We Increase Evidence-Based Genome-Informed Therapy?
Jens Rueter, MD
The Jackson Laboratory

TM Efforts of the DART Trial: Building the Rare Tumor TCGA
Young Kwang Chae, MD, MPH, MBA
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 
and Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

MINI-SYMPOSIUM – Cancer Immune Monitoring and Analysis Centers (CIMACs):

     SWOG and CIMAC Collaborations:
     A Challenging, But Successful, Journey

     Ignacio I. Wistuba, MD
     MD Anderson Cancer Center

     NCTN CIMAC: Curing Cancer by Working Together
     Helen X. Chen, MD
     Cancer Therapy and Evaluation Program, National Cancer Institute

     Panel discussion with Q&A will follow.

Attendees can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for this plenary session.


Plenary II (General)

Many Generations of Hope
SWOG's fall 2023 general plenary session will take place Friday, October 13, 12:00 - 2:00 pm CT. We will celebrate 30 years of impact of The Hope Foundation for Cancer Research.

Charles D. Blanke, MD

Chair’s Welcome and Update
Charles D. Blanke, MD
SWOG Group Chair
Professor, Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health & Science University

Hope Support and the S1820 Trial
Virginia Sun, PhD, MSN, RN
Professor, Department of Population Sciences and Department of Surgery, City of Hope

Reengaging Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and Bringing NCTN Trials to More Veterans
Stephen D. Bartlett, RPh, MSPH
Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz

Moving SWOG to a More Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Future
Patricia Robinson, MD
Professor of Medicine, Loyola University Medical Center

The Hope Foundation for Cancer Research at 30: A Generation of Impact
Jo Horn
President and CEO, The Hope Foundation for Cancer Research

Attendees can earn CME credits for this plenary session.

NCORP Research Base Clinical Trials Workshop

Join us for the Annual SWOG NCORP Research Base Clinical Trials Workshop on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 from 11:30 am - 3:30 pm CT.  SWOG members, clinical research professionals and investigators at NCTN and NCORP institutions are encouraged to attend the informative presentations and breakout session discussions. 

The workshop provides information on conducting clinical trials in the following five SWOG Committees:

• Cancer Care Delivery
• Cancer Survivorship
• Palliative and End of Life Care
• Prevention and Epidemiology
• Symptom Control and Quality of Life.

This is an opportunity for information sharing between attendees, SWOG NCORP Research staff, study chairs, the NCI and other subject matter experts.

(Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) continuing education credit is available.)

Nursing Research Subcommittee

The Nursing Research Subcommittee meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 4:15 - 5:30 pm CT.  The meeting is open to Nurse Scientists interested in advancing collaborative research within the clinical trials network as principal and co-investigators and to Nurses interested in serving as Coordinators for studies involving unique or unfamiliar assessments and/or behavioral interventions. Additionally, we are seeking to increase the representation and involvement of Advanced Practice Nurses within SWOG serving as site investigators for DCP studies. If you are interested in attending (and are not on our email distribution list), please contact Jamie Myers, Chair, at jmyers@kumc.edu.

TAKE ACTION SYMPOSIUM: Enhancing Community Engagement in Clinical Trials 

Please join us for the TAKE ACTION Symposium presented by the SWOG Recruitment and Retention Committee.  This interactive discussion will focus on community engagement.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from subject matter experts and learn of ways to increase diversity in clinical trials through engagement.  Topics include 1) Engaging underrepresented populations 2) Utilizing digital media and 3) Practical approaches for community engagement. 

Continuing education credit will be available.   

Site Operations

Connie M. Szczepanek, RN,BSN

The Site Operations meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11, 5:30 - 7:30 pm CT. 

It "takes a village" to lead research sites and make it possible for participants to enroll on trials. This special perspective is the focus of Site Operations, a subcommittee of the Oncology Research Professionals (ORP) Committee. A variety of practical topics will be discussed, including:

  • SWOG statistical and operations updates
  • NCI changes and new information
  • SWOG quality assurance topics and questions

This meeting is open to everyone and provides an opportunity to hear updates and ask questions.  Please join us!

Jeri & Noboru Oishi Symposium

Join us to celebrate the Harvest Season; a season of plenty, showcasing the "Bounty of SWOG"! This Fall the Oishi Symposium will have something for everyone who attends.  Sessions include gathering knowledge on an important clinical trial in women diagnosed with premenopausal breast cancer (S2010), collecting ideas on surmounting challenges sites face in this new era post-pandemic, a focus on Quality Assurance yielding knowledge from SWOG's outstanding QA Team, and managing the crop of digital platforms promoting communication, information, and accrual through the SWOG Digital Engagement Committee.  We look forward to seeing you Thursday, October 12 from 8:00-11:00 am CT!

Oncology Research Professionals Open Forum

The ORP Open Forum is set for Thursday, October 12, 12:30 - 2:00 pm CT. Please join us in-person to discuss topics in a small group setting.  Rotate among four 20-minute round table sessions of your choice to learn more about conducting SWOG trials, mitigating challenges, and implementing strategies with your facilitator and tablemates.

Please note we encourage in-person attendance as there will be no remote meeting links for this forum. Although recordings of the round table discussions will not be made, we will post handouts and facilitator contact details for each table topic to the SWOG website after the Group Meeting.

This meeting is open to everyone and provides an opportunity to hear updates and ask questions.  Please join us!

Nicholas J. Vogelzang, MD, GU Symposium and Scholarship

Nicholas J. Vogelzang, MD, GU Symposium

This fall's Nicholas J. Vogelzang, MD, Symposium, to be held Friday, October 13, from 8:30 - 11:30 am CT, will address the topic of the androgen receptor axis as a target for prostate cancer.

Honoring the many valuable contributions Dr. Vogelzang made in support of his colleagues and patients throughout his career within SWOG’s research network, Vogelzang symposia are held at SWOG group meetings to provide members with the latest and best resources for extending and improving the lives of those impacted by genitourinary cancers.

This will be an informative symposium you won't want to miss!