Graft vs Host Disease

Forum Chairs

Bruce
Blazar
,
MD
University of Minnesota
Leslie
Kean
,
MD, PhD
Harvard University

Forum Description

Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation (HCT) represents a powerful curative therapy for a broad range of both malignant and non-malignant diseases. However, alongside its powerful disease-modifying and graft-versus-leukemia effects, allogeneic HCT is also associated with multiple toxicities, which continue to significantly compromise long-term success. Amongst the most deadly of these complications are acute and chronic GVHD, which together develop in up to 80% of HCT patients. This conference will identify the new horizons in the biology and therapeutics for GVHD. We will look deeply into the growing molecular understanding of the pathogenesis of this disease and develop an agenda for the key questions the field must address in order to eliminate this deadly complication of HCT.  Importantly, the identification of underlying mechanisms and therapeutic strategies to control GVHD is expected to have wide relevance to a number of diseases and therapeutic modalities, including the fields of autoimmunity and of T cell-based immunotherapy strategies.

Forum Summary

Venue & Travel Information

Asilomar Conference Grounds

800 Asilomar Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

www.visitasilomar.com
831.372.8016
Take a deep breath and settle in for a time of serene relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation. Celebrated as Monterey Peninsula's "Refuge by the Sea" - Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds is a breathtakingly gorgeous 107 acres of ecologically diverse beachfront land. Situated within the quaint and scenic town of Pacific Grove, Asilomar offers guests the simple comforts of cozy cottages and historic lodges - and an unforgettable escape from the demands of everyday life.
Asilomar Conference Grounds

Travel Forms

Travel forms are due 30 days prior to the start of the meeting to allow enough time to plan transportation.

The Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) is the preferred airport as it is only 20 minutes from the meeting location.

  • Arrivals - Thursday at 1 PM, 3 PM and 5 PM
  • Departures - Sunday at 10 AM, 12 PM and 2 PM

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is 2 hours from the meeting location without traffic. The Foundation can only accommodate 1 pick up per day at San Francisco. If you absolutely must fly into San Francisco (ie: International Flights) the Foundation will have the following pick up times:

  • Arrivals - Thursday at 3 PM
  • Departures - Sunday at 10 AM
TRAVEL FORMS DUE:
December 26, 2022
submit travel form

Travel Policy

Please familiarize yourself with our policies and procedures for travel. We truly appreciate you taking the time to participate in this meeting. As you make your plans, please remember that we are a nonprofit organization dependent on donations and volunteers. We do NOT pay for upgrades, change fees, incurred costs resulting from a flight change, transportation to or from your local (home side) airport, meals or other incidentals.

  • Travel Confirmation will be sent out within 1 week of the meeting. This will include a hotel confirmation number, if there is one, and airport transfer details. We have to wait until we receive almost everyone’s travel to book airport transfer. Due to frequent airline changes, we wait until the week of the meeting to send this out.
  • Airport transfer is provided by Foundation staff, volunteers or arranged shuttle at specific times. If you opt to utilize Foundation airport transportation on your travel form, please be patient in receiving this information. We will send it to the week of the meeting.
  • Speaker agenda is not sent out prior to the meeting. It will be provided upon arrival in the meeting packet. We do not tell people when they are speaking because we expect everyone to attend all sessions. Sessions are all day Friday and Saturday.
  • REMINDER: We do not reimburse for home side airport transfer or incidentals while traveling. We will not honor miscellaneous receipts sent for these expenses.
  • Spouses are welcome to come with you at their own cost but are not allowed to attend the meeting. Please no children.

What the Foundation Pays

Accommodations and meals are provided by the foundation during the meeting. Airfare will be covered only if booked through our travel agent. The Foundation will also cover airport transportation on the meeting side at the designated shuttle times. You can select not to utilize Foundation arranged transportation at your own expense when completing the travel form. Once your travel form is received your accommodations and airport transfer will be confirmed. Please let us know of any food allergies or other information we should be aware of on the travel forms.

  • If you would like your airfare covered by the Foundation, you must book with our travel agent. Note we do not cover upgrades, changes, late bookings, etc.
  • Flights must be booked at least 30 days prior to the meeting to confirm your accommodations and airport transfer.
  • As a nonprofit we utilize volunteers and other methods to maximize our efforts (or our donor support) when making accommodations and arranging ground transportation. Ground transportation will be provided upon your arrival either by a foundation volunteer or arranged shuttle. You will be provided airport transportation information the week of the meeting. We do not reimburse for home side airport transfer or incidentals while traveling.

Abstracts

Abstracts are due 30 days prior to the start of the meeting to allow enough time to prepare the meeting book.

The abstracts should be only one or two paragraphs outlining the theme of your presentation and should reflect the objective and spirit of the meeting (see above). Abstracts will be circulated about one week before the meeting. The meeting organizer will start requesting them a month before the meeting.

abstracts DUE:
December 26, 2022
submit abstract

Meeting Structure

The meeting structure has been developed over years of experience.

  • Participants have approximately 45 minutes, depending on the number of participants, for their presentation and discussion. The presentation is meant as a conversation start and should last about twenty minutes briefly covering background information and areas that are new or need further input. This should be structured in such a way as to lead to a lively discussion. Participants are encouraged to interrupt to ask questions or start discussions.
  • A MAXIMUM of 5 slide equivalents per presentation is allowed (Power point slides should not contain more than one graph or gel per slide and no more than 5 bullet points to stress the points being made by the presenter.) We appreciate cooperation with the spirit of this guideline. Handouts are welcome but should be distributed before sessions.
  • Everyone is expected to actively participate in every session and discussions.
  • The time spent at the meeting is relatively short, so please be familiar with papers received prior to the meeting.
  • It is very important that you commit to all sessions of the 2 days of meetings.

Forbeck Scholars Participation

Scholars are selected for each Forbeck Forum. These are outstanding junior clinical or post-doctoral fellows selected based on the quality and relevance of science.

  • Scholars present for 30-45 minutes, depending on the number of participants
  • The same presentation rules apply for scholars
  • After the Forum you are selected to attend, you will attend three years of Scholar Retreats held in Lake Geneva, WI. If you attend a Fall Forum, you will attend the Spring Retreat. If you attend a Spring Forum you will attend a Fall Retreat.
  • Scholars are selected by the Foundation Scientific Advisory Board and peer reviewers selected from past Forbeck Scholars.

General Program

The outline below illustrates a typical program schedule. You will receive a complete schedule, including speaking times, the Thursday the meeting starts.

Thursday
1:00 PM Arrivals
6:30 PM Cocktails (opt'l)
7:30 PM Dinner
Friday
7:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Scientific Sessions
12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Scientific Sessions
6:30 PM Cocktails & Dinner
Saturday
7:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Scientific Sessions
12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Scientific Sessions
6:30 PM Cocktails & Dinner
Sunday
7:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Departures

Forum Participants

Ronjon
Chakraverty
,
University of Oxford
Jarrod
Dudakov
,
PhD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Shernan
Holtan
,
MD
University of Minnesota
Megan
Levings
,
PhD
The University of British Columbia
Leo
Luznik
,
MD
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Kelli
Macdonald
,
PhD
Queensland Institute of Medical Research
Rob
Negrin
,
MD
Stanford University
Pavan
Reddy
,
MD
Roger Cancer Center, Michigan Medicine
Maria
Roncarolo
,
MD
Stanford Medicine
Gerard
Socie
,
MD, PhD
Hospital St. Louis in Paris
Robert
Soiffer
,
MD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Megan
Sykes
,
MD
Columbia University
Marcel
Van Den Brink
,
MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
J.C.
Zúñiga-Pflücker
,
PhD
University of Toronto
Madan
Jagasia
,
MBBS, MS
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Robert
Zeiser
,
PhD
Freiburg University

Forum Scholars

Melinda Biernacki, MD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Tae Kon Kim
Vanderbilt University
Armin Rashidi, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota