Spring 2021 SWOG Virtual Group Meeting

SWOG's Spring 2021 Virtual Group Meeting will take place April 19-23.

On-line registration is now open via the registration link below.

*Note: To ensure we use the most appropriate virtual platform for each session, please register for each meeting that you plan to attend. All sessions are scheduled in Central Time. We have added a new "Add to Calendar" feature.  Once you submit your registration, you will have the option to add your schedule to your calendar.  Due to daylight savings time, please check your calendar after March 14 to confirm the times on your calendar are still accurate. If they aren't, you can remove your schedule from your calendar and add it again.

For Group Meeting questions not answered here, you can send us a message via the Contact Us page. 

Agenda Book

Accrual Summary


The group meeting site for accessing all meeting agendas and call-in details can be found here:  https://webcast.imsts.com/SWOG-Group-Meeting-Spring-2021.  The site will continue to be updated as information is finalized.  

For open meetings, WebEx details will be available on the microsite and is also included in the new "Add to Calendar" feature.  For closed meetings, call-in details will not be available on the site but emailed to participants separately.

Group Meeting Event Information


  • Crush the Crab Virtual 5K: Join our virtual 5K run/walk to support the SWOG Cancer Research Network community!
    Sign up here:

    The Hope Foundation for Cancer Research has organized a virtual Crush the Crab event. This takes the place of our regular spring fun run, and registration is free.  (Donations are welcome and directly support SWOG’s work.) Once registered, please complete your 5K within the window of March 28 through April 11 – a great warm-up for the Group Meeting! And don’t forget to participate in our video Tribute, a fun and easy way to bring our community together from a distance.

  • Committee Support for Group Meetings:   SWOG disease, research, and administrative committee chairs are provided the opportunity to request up to $15,000 annually from The Hope Foundation to support committee efforts at Group Meetings which are not currently funded by the NCTN or NCORP grants.  Funds may be used for invited speakers, special A/V needs, and more.

    Deadline to apply:  A
    pril 2
    Questions? Contact Morgan Cox at The Hope Foundation (morgan@thehopefoundation.org)


  • Exhibitors: We look forward to your participation at the Spring 2021 SWOG Virtual Group Meeting! Please view the Exhibitor Prospectus here.  Questions can be directed to Morgan Cox morgan@thehopefoundation.org // (734) 998-6887.

  • Speaker/Planner Disclosures

Group Meeting Sessions

Plenary I (TM)

The spring meeting's Translational Medicine Plenary will take place Wednesday, April 21, 10:00 - 11:00 am CT. Speakers include:

SWOG Vice Chair for Translational Medicine  Professor of Surgical Oncology and Molecular and Cellular Oncology  The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Introductory comments
    Lee M. Ellis, M.D., F.A.S.C.O., Vice-Chair for Translational Medicine
  • Pancreatic Cancer Organoids as a Predictive Model for Chemotherapy: co-Clinical Trial
    David Tuveson, M.D., Ph.D.
    Director of the Cancer Center at CSHL, and Roy J. Zuckerberg Professor of Cancer Research
    Chief Scientist of the Lustgarten Foundation

    President-Elect, AACR
  • Genomic heterogeneity - deciphering genomic configuration for enhance platinum sensitivity in TNBC and Ovarian Cancers
    Edison T. Liu, M.D
    President and Chief Executive Officer, The Jackson Laborator
    Director, The Jackson Laboratory Cancer Center
Chuck Blanke, MD

Plenary II (General)

SWOG Group Chair Dr. Charles Blanke, MD will host a one-hour plenary session on Friday, April 23, 10:00 - 11:00 am CT.

You’ll get goodbyes, welcomes, and all the network news. The session will include a tribute to Julie Gralow, MD, our outgoing executive officer for the lung and breast cancer committees, as well as an update of SWOG efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion from Allison Caban-Holt, PhD, chair of our recruitment and retention committee, and Rick Bangs, MBA, chair of our patient advocate committee.

Nursing Research Subcommittee

The Nursing Research Subcommittee meeting will be held on Monday, April 19, 10:00 - 11:00 am CT.  The meeting is open to Nurse Scientists interested in advancing collaborative research within the clinical trials network as principle and co-investigators and to Nurses interested in serving as Coordinators for studies involving unique/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 not on our email distribution list) please contact Jamie Myers, Chair, at jmyers@kumc.edu.

Site Operations

The Site Operations meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 20, 3:30 - 5:00 pm CT.  SWOG values the research personnel who work with Investigators to “make research happen”. We all know it ‘takes a village’ to gets participants on trials and this special perspective is the focus of the Site Operations Committee Meeting. A subcommittee of the Oncology Research Professionals (ORP) Committee, this meeting covers a variety of practical and operational topics 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 as well as ask questions.  Please join us!

Clinical Trials Training Course (CTTC)

The Clinical Trials Training Course will be held on Monday and Tuesday, April 19 and 20.  The course introduces the fundamentals of SWOG and National Cancer Institute (NCI) policies and procedures. It provides the foundation to efficiently perform responsibilities as a Clinical Research Associate.

Please note, because this is a virtual meeting, we have split this workshop up into 3 sessions.  Please sign up for, and attend all 3 sessions!

AGENDA   Course Description

Certificates from the CTTC are now available to view/print:  Certificates

Jeri and Noboru Oishi Symposium

The Jeri and Noboru Oishi Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 1:00 - 2:45 pm CT.  In honor of Dr. Noboru Oishi, who was a great supported of Oncology Research, the Oishi symposium focuses on key issues related to Oncology Research Professionals. 

Everyone is welcome to join!

Oncology Research Professionals Open Forum

The ORP Open Forum is set for Wednesday, April 21, 2:15 - 3:15 pm CT. This forum offers a great opportunity to get answers to your clinical trial questions and to address the science and technical research issues that challenge us today! Come join us to discuss interesting topics which include:

Virtual Conference
  • Quality Assurance Audit, Regulatory Review & Corrective and Preventative Actions (CAPAs)
  • Adverse Event (AE) & Serious Adverse Event (SAE) Reporting
  • Study Participant Follow-Up Documentation
  • Cancer Progress

For more information or suggestions, contact parkers@seattlecca.org.