• US-based junior faculty, fellows, and postdoctoral researchers (MDs, DOs, and PhDs) involved in immuno-oncology strategies directed at solid tumor or hematologic malignancies.
    • Junior Faculty
      • Physicians (MD, DO) who are Instructors not more than 5 years from first faculty appointment with an academic appointment of Assistant Professor or less.
      • PhD young investigators who have completed their PhD degree within the past 10 years and have an academic appointment of Assistant Professor or less.
    • Fellows and Postdoctoral Researchers
      • Fellows must be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited fellowship program.
      • Postdoctoral researchers must have completed their PhD degree within the past 5 years.
  • Candidates must be based in the United States and training must be completed at a US-based institution.
  • All work must be unpublished original research in an area related to immuno-oncology (clinical or basic science). Please note: publication of research as an abstract alone does not preclude eligibility; however, an abstract will not be accepted if it has been published as a full article before April 1, 2017.
  • Abstracts/papers to be presented at future medical meetings are eligible for submission.

Abstract Policies and Procedures

  • Only one abstract submission per young investigator will be accepted.
  • Abstracts must conform exactly to the abstract preparation instructions. Those that do not may be rejected.
  • Only original work done by the young investigator will be accepted.
  • All accepted abstracts will be published in an electronic program to be provided to all attendees. The publication of electronic handout materials will not preclude publication or presentation elsewhere.

Selection Process

Extended submission deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2017

  • Expert faculty will review all submissions.
  • Authors of the abstracts selected for presentation at the Forum will be expected to present their research according to their status at the time the research was completed (i.e., if research was conducted during fellowship training, it will be presented in the Fellows’ category).
  • All presentations will be podium format and will consist of an 8 minute formal presentation and 7 minute question-and-answer period.


The 40 finalists (authors of accepted abstracts) will be provided with the following:

  • One round-trip, non-refundable, economy-class ticket to Houston.
  • A ground transportation stipend for transfers to and from the program hotel in Houston.
  • 3 nights lodging (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) at The Houstonian Hotel.
  • All group buffet meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for the duration of the meeting.

Items that will not be covered include:

  • Ground transportation to and from your home airport
  • Meals en route
  • Baggage fees

Please note: expenses for accompanying travelers will not be provided. Guests are not permitted to attend any portion of the meeting, including buffet meals. All travel arrangements will be made through a travel coordinator with Creative Educational Concepts.


An awards ceremony will be held on Saturday evening, April 22, 2017, at which time financial grants will be awarded to the first-, second-, and third-place winners in each of the categories (grants ranging from $500-$1500). The recipients of the two $10,000 Immuno-Oncology Distinguished Young Investigator Awards (junior faculty clinical research or basic science/translational research) will also be announced at this time.