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Graft vs. Host Disease

November 11–14, 2021

Original Dates: April 23–26, 2020

Chaired By

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

Important Dates

 09/5/2020 -  Travel Form Due
 10/5/2020 -  Abstracts Due

Venue Information

Geneva National Resort
1221 Geneva National Avenue, South
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

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 International : 623-516-6140

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Program 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 Participants

Participant Institution
Bruce Blazar, MD University of Minnesota
Ronjon Chakraverty Professor of Haematology and Cellular Immunotherapy
Jarrod Dudakov, PhD Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Shernan Holtan, MD University of Minnesota
Madan Jagasia, MBBS, MS Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Leslie Kean, MD, PhD Harvard University
Megan Levings, PhD The University of British Columbia
Leo Luznik, MD Johns Hopkins Medicine
Kelli Macdonald, PhD Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane, Australia
Rob Negrin, MD Stanford University
Pavan Reddy, MD Roger Cancer Center, Michigan Medicine
Maria Roncarolo, MD Stanford - Department of Pediatrics -- Ped Sted Cel Transplantation
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

Forum Scholars

Scholar Institution
Melinda Biernacki, MD Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Tae Kon Kim Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Armin Rashidi, MD, PhD University of Minnesota, Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation

Airport Information

Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is the preferred airport as it is only 45 minutes from the meeting location.

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

Chicago's O'Hare Airport (ORD) is 1 1/2 hours from the meeting location without traffic. The Foundation can only accommodate 1 pick up per day at O'Hare. If you absolutely must fly into O'Hare (ie: International Flights) the Foundation will have the following pick up times at O'Hare:

  • Arrivals - Thursday at 3 PM
  • Departures - Sunday at 10 AM

Any other arrival times at Chicago's O'Hare airport must be arranged and paid for by the individual. You are welcome to arrive on Wednesday.

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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.

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