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Monday, May 23, 2016

Loyola Hosting Symposium on Cancer Immunotherapy

Center for Translational Research and Education on Loyola University Medical Center Campus

MAYWOOD, IL – On May 19, leading experts on cancer immunotherapy from around the country gathered for Loyola University Chicago’s 5th Annual Translational Science Symposium.
The symposium was held at Loyola’s new Center for Translational Research and Education, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood. The meeting was sponsored by Loyola Stritch School of Medicine’s cancer immunotherapeutics program.
Immunotherapy harnesses a patient’s immune system to attack and kill cancer cells. “It’s one of the hottest new areas of cancer therapy, and it’s making a real impact on patients’ lives,” said Michael I. Nishimura PhD, program leader of Loyola’s cancer immunology program and co-director of Loyola’s Oncology Research Institute.

Eight nationally or internationally known speakers, who are leaders in their areas of cancer immunology, spoke. There also was a poster session in which researchers presented their work.
The symposium “represents an excellent opportunity for those interested in cancer immunology and immunotherapy to have relevant scientific interaction with leading experts,” Nishimura said.
Scheduled speakers were:

  • Dmitry I. Gabrilovich, MD, PhD, The Wistar Institute
  • Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
  • Elizabeth Repasky, PhD, Rosewell Park Cancer Institute
  • Michel Sadelain, MD, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Jeffrey Schlom, PhD, National Cancer Institute
  • Tzyy-Choou Wu, MD, MPH, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
  • K. Dane Wittrup, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Marcel van den Brink, MD, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center  

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.