Jonas Center Cellular Therapy Symposium

Chicago, IL US
September 22, 2023


Adoptive immunotherapy has shown encouraging results in treating select hematologic malignancies and has the promise to be applied to more diseases. In 2020, a generous gift from the Jonas family established the David and Etta Jonas Center for Cellular Therapy at UChicago Medicine. This center aims to unite a multidisciplinary team of experts to accelerate research and the clinical development of cellular therapeutics. To further this goal, this activity gathers national experts to discuss basic science and translational research advances in cellular therapy for hematologic malignancies, solid tumors, and non-oncologic conditions. It will facilitate scientific discussion, foster collaboration, and disseminate knowledge of cellular therapy to ultimately improve patients' lives.
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Target Audience

This activity is designed for medical oncologists, oncology fellows, basic scientists, research fellows, immunologists, and other healthcare professionals interested in tumor immunology and cellular immunotherapy.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, participants will be able to:

  • List mechanisms of relapse/resistance to cellular therapy;
  • Identify current applications of CAR T-cell therapy in hematologic malignancies;
  • Identify relevant targets and new therapeutic approaches for cellular therapy in solid tumor malignancies;
  • Consider current strategies using cellular therapy for the treatment of non-malignant conditions;
  • Describe current approaches and challenges using cellular therapy in patients with solid tumor malignancies;
  • Evaluate strategies to overcome resistance to cellular therapy treatment approaches;
  • Assess new therapeutic strategies in cellular therapy research.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Medical Knowledge
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Systems-based Practice
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PDF icon Symposium Postcard5.15 MB
Available credit: 
  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.00 Participation
Event starts: 
09/22/2023 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
09/22/2023 - 4:50pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
8:00 - 8:45 AMRegistration, Exhibit, & Breakfast
8:45 - 8:55 AMWelcome and Introductions
Peter Riedell, MD
University of Chicago
 Cellular Therapy in Solid Tumors
Faculty moderator: Dan Olson, MD
8:55 – 9:00 AMIntroduction to Session
Dan Olson, MD
University of Chicago
9:00 – 9:25 AMT Cell Receptor Engineered Immune Cells Efficiency is Dictated by Modulation of Tumor Microenvironment
Richard Koya, MD, PhD
University of Chicago
9:25 – 9:50 AMUnderstanding and Overcoming T-Cell Therapy Challenges for Brain Tumors
Giedre Krenciute, PhD
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
 Janet Rowley Lecture
Faculty Moderator: Michael Bishop, MD
9:50 - 9:55 AMPresentation of Janet Rowley Award
Michael Bishop, MD
University of Chicago
9:55 - 10:35 AMJanet Rowley Lecture - Insights Into Mechanisms of Car T-Cell Resistance and Toxicity Through Single-Cell Analysis
Michael Green, PhD
MD Anderson Cancer Center
10:35 - 10:55 AMBREAK
 Cellular Therapy in Non-malignant Diseases
Faculty Moderator: James LaBelle, MD, PhD
10:55 - 11:00 AMIntroduction to Session
James LaBelle, MD, PhD
University of Chicago
11:00 - 11:25 AMImmune Special Forces: Virus-Specific T-Cells to Combat Infections in Immunocompromised Patients
Michael Keller, MD
Children's National Hospital
11:25 - 11:50 AMEngineering Tregs Against Anti-drug Antibody Formation
Moanaro Biswas, PhD
Indiana University
11:50 - 1:00 PMLUNCH
 Jonas Memorial Lecture
Faculty Moderator: Michael Bishop, MD
1:00 - 1:05 PMPresentation of Jonas Memorial Award
Michael Bishop, MD
University of Chicago
1:05 - 1:45 PMJonas Memorial Lecture - Mechanisms Driving CAR T-Cells
Marcela Maus, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
 Overcoming Resistance and Relapse to Cellular Therapy
Faculty Moderator: Justin Kline, MD
1:45 - 1:50 PMIntroduction to Session
Justin Kline, MD
University of Chicago
1:50 - 2:15 PMChallenges With Anti-bCMA CAR T-Cell Therapy for Multiple Myeloma
Samir Parekh, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
2:15 - 2:40 PMMemory Reprogramming to enhance CAR T-Cell Persistence
Evan Weber, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
2:40 - 3:00 PMBREAK
 Lightening Talks
Faculty Moderator: Richard Koya, MD, PhD
3:00 - 3:05 PMIntroduction to Session
Richard Koya, MD, PhD
University of Chicago
3:05 - 3:20 PMTargeting PRDM1/PRDM1-Mediated Pathways to Enhance CAR T-Cell Efficacy Against DLBCL
Sidney Wang
University of Chicago
3:20 - 3:35 PMDrugging the BCL-2 Family to Increase CAR T-Cell Effector Responses
Nada Aboelella, PhD
University of Chicago
3:35 - 3:50 PMEx Vivo PI3K Inhibition Enhances CAR T-Cell Therapy for DLBCL
Lishi Xie, PhD
University of Chicago
 Novel Cellular Therapies - From Bench to Bedside
Faculty Moderator: Peter Riedell, MD
3:50 - 3:55 PMIntroduction to Session
Peter Riedell, MD
University of Chicago
3:55 - 4:20 PMCAR T-Cells for T-Cell Malignancies
Rayne Rouce, MD
Baylor College of Medicine
4:20 - 4:45 PMCART for T-Cell Malignancies
John DiPersio, MD, PhD
Washington University in St. Louis
4:45 - 4:50 PMClosing Remarks
Michael Bishop, MD

The agenda is subject to change.

David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago
1201 E 60th St
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
Participants can join us in person or virtually. For questions about the program, contact Meeting Achievements via email.
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A block of rooms has been held at The Study at University of Chicago for September 21-23, 2023.

Featuring 167 rooms, including nine brand-signature Study units and a complement of premium Suites. Rooms are equipped with all the amenities the modern traveler needs—whether a scholarly guest seeking the perfect leather reading chair, a visiting executive needing an expansive work desk, or a prospective student looking for a view of the campus through floor-to-ceiling windows. All guestrooms feature comfortable feather-topped beds, Frette linens and towels, a soft leather chair and ottoman from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, lighting from Spain-based Marset, and modern bathrooms with C.O. Bigelow toiletries. Guests enjoy essential complimentary amenities, including wireless high-speed Internet, bottled water, newspapers, and morning coffee available through our Living Room.

The Study is located at 1227 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637.

RATES $279/night (Rate does not include applicable state and local taxes.)

RESERVATIONS When calling or emailing, reference the group name: Jonas Center Cellular Therapy Symposium
CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT Check-in time is 3:00 PM. Check-out time is 12:00 PM.

LATE CHECK-OUT FEE If a guest wishes to check out after the 12:00 PM check-out time, a late check-out fee may be charged to that guest's individual account. Although the hotel will attempt to accommodate the requests for late check-out, this option may not be available to all guests based on the hotel’s occupancy and housekeeping requirements.

INDIVIDUAL CANCELLATION A 24-hour cancellation policy will apply to each individual reservation. To avoid a one-night room and tax cancellation penalty, reservations must be cancelled by 3 PM CST 24 hours before the arrival date of September 21, 2023.
Complimentary valet parking will be available to participants 7:30 am-5:30 pm on the date of the symposium. Additionally, free street parking is available in the area.
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  Peter Riedell, MD
  Assistant Professor of Medicine

Disclosure Declarations
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Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration at first mention and where appropriate in the content.
Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Healthcare Professional Credit
Other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of Certificates of Participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.

Please Note: The credit claiming process will close three months after the conference end date. Requests to claim credit after three months will be subject to additional fees.
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CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel your participation in this conference, your registration fee less a 50% administrative fee will be refunded when written notification is received by August 16, 2023. No refunds will be made after August 16, 2023.
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