About this event

  • Date and time Wed 24 Jun 2020 from 1:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Oncology

Please note this event has been cancelled.

Join us for an update on the latest developments of immunotherapy for treating lung cancer, melanoma and renal cancer as well as to discuss some of the controversies in the field. 

You'll also hear about the latest clinical and basic research in lung cancer from young investigators/PhD students competing for the Sylvia Lawler Prize. This meeting combines learning opportunities, debating points and a competition for a national prize.

Meeting topics:

  • To update the cancer community of the activity of immunotherapies, controversies in the area and where we are going next.
  • To award the Sylvia Lawler Prize to the best of six oral presentations from young investigators in cancer

Sylvia Lawler Prize


  • First prize for scientific paper: £250
  • First prize for clinical paper: £250
  • First prize for poster presentation: £50 voucher
  • Second prize for poster presentation: £50 voucher

Submission deadline: 26 April 2020

Open to: All scientists and clinicians in training.

Application guidelines:

Applicants are invited to submit a scientific paper or a basic scientific research project of no more than 200 words on 'Cancer immunotherapy'. The abstract should include, but is not limited to, audit data, imaging studies and outcomes of surgical procedures. Translational studies, such as genomic studies of clinical samples, should be included if you are applying for the basic/translational science prize.

The top six shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their paper at the meeting in front of a panel of judges, where the top two applicants will be awarded the Sylvia Lawler Prize. High quality abstracts not selected to present will be invited to give a poster presentation.

To submit your scientific paper, click here >>

To submit your clinical paper, click here >>


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Key speakers

Professor Sanjay Popat

BSc MBBS FRCP PhD, Consultant Medical Oncologist, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Peter Schmid

Professor of Cancer Medicine, Honorary Consultant Medical Oncologist, Barts Cancer Institute

Professor Sergio Quezada

Professor of Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy, University College London Cancer Institute

Professor Christianne Ottensmeier

MD PhD FRCP, Professor of Experimental Medicine, University of Southampton


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee

Annual general meeting open to all the oncology members

Session one: Role of immunotherapy in clinical practice

Lung cancer

Professor Sanjay Popat, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation

Breast cancer

Professor Peter Schmid, Professor of cancer medicine, Barts Health 

Trophoblastic cancer

Professor Michael Seckl, Director of the Charing Cross Gestational Trophoblastic Disease and Malignant Ovarian Germ Cell Tumour Services, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and President, Oncology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Questions and answers round table discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session two: Predicting response and managing resistance

Biological perspective

Professor Sergio Quezada, Professor of Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy at University College London Cancer Institute

What's wrong with existing markers?

Christianne Ottensmeier

Lessons from Melanoma

Dr Matthew Wheater, University of Southampton School of Medicine

Questions and answers round table discussion
Drinks break and poster review

Session three : Sylvia Lawler competition presentations

6 x 10 minutes talks + 5 minutes questions

Award of prizes
Optional light dinner for all

Pre-booked delegates only, separate registration fee applies


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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