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Capital Region Cancer Research New Frontiers Symposium 2016

Cancer Immune - and Related Therapies

November 18, 2016 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hilton Garden Inn, Albany Medical Center
62 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208
Abstract Deadline November 1st (see below for details)

About the Symposium

The conference is intended to bring together investigators in New York's Capital Region who work on various aspects of cancer and will include basic research scientists, clinical research scientists, student and post-doctoral trainees, and industry scientists. 


“Cancer immunotherapy represents one of the most promising new cancer treatment approaches in decades” explained Dana Crawford, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Albany Medical College and Chair of the CRCR. “Here, the power of the immune system is exploited and enhanced to treat cancer.  As part of this symposium, powerful and exciting approaches including engineered T cell therapies, precision research models of the human immune system, reprogramming T cells and tumor microenvironment, immune checkpoint inhibitors, emerging combination immunotherapies, and tumor cell features associated with immunological responses will be presented.  These approaches will play important roles in contributing to the ultimate goal of the CRCR and our attending community organizations - the cure of cancer” 


“Bioconnex is pleased to work closely with CRCR on this program that focuses on this critical area of cancer therapeutics. The mission of CRCR aligns with Bioconnex network’s dedication to strengthen Tech Valley’s biotechnology and life science community by connecting professionals from research organizations, educational institutions and companies” stated Stephen Festin, Chair of Bioconnex.

About CRCR

The conference is organized by the Capital Region Cancer Research group (CRCR), an inter-institutional organization created to promote research interactions among Albany area researchers, toward the ultimate goal of contributing to the cure of cancer. CRCR member organizations include Wadsworth Center, SUNY-Albany, General Electric (GE), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Taconic Biosciences, Inc., the Albany College of Pharmacy (ACP), Albany Molecular Research Inc. (AMRI), the Stratton VA Medical Center, and Albany Medical Center (AMC).  


The day-long symposium will feature seminars by local cancer researchers as well as two key-note speakers: Leisha Emens, MD, PhD, from the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD, from Roswell Park Cancer Institute. 


Event parking is reserved for conference attendees in the Hilton Garden Inn parking spot and the Albany Medical Center parking garage at 40 New Scotland Ave (behind Panera Bread). 
Abstracts and posters

We are soliciting abstracts for the conference from which additional local speakers will be selected.  In addition, all abstracts will be presented as posters, and prizes awarded to posters of excellence. Abstracts may be on any topic relevant to cancer research, including enabling technologies. Abstracts should be single-spaced and a maximum of 300 words, using a 12 pt Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins, and must be submitted no later than November 1st, 2016.  The title should be all caps and centered, followed by the authors, then affiliation.  A book of abstracts will be available on site and placed on the conference website following the conference. Please submit abstracts to the poster session chairs Dr. Tom Begley ( and Dr. Stephen Festin (, and general questions to the conference organizing chair, Dr. Dana Crawford (
2016 CRCR Symposium Press Release