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Thursday, September 22, 2022

7:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am
Welcome & Introductions, Ezra Cohen, MD & Liza Blumenfeld, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
8:10 am
Immunotherapy: Where are We In 2022? Ezra Cohen, MD
8:30 am
State of the Art Management of Swallowing Impairment Associated with Radiation Peter Belafsky, MD, MPH, PhD
8:50 am
The Critical Role of TME in Head and Neck Cancer, Judith Varner, MD
9:10 am QUASAR, Liza Blumenfeld, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
9:30 am
Break & Visit Exhibitors


Concurrent Session
Physician Track

Concurrent Session 
SLP Track

New Horizons Session 1 -Adaptive Neoadjuvant Designs/Approaches

SLP Session 1
10:00 am Neoadjuvant IO with Surgery for HPV-Negative Disease, Ravindra Uppaluri, MD10:00 am
FEES: Moving Towards Objective Analysis, Kate Hutcheson, PhD
10:15 am Using Neoadjuvant Designs To Develop Precision Immunotherapy, Robert Ferris, MD10:20 am The Hail Mary: A Laryngologist’s Perspective, Philip Weissbrod, MD
10:30 am NIRT – Not Just Neoadjuvant IO Bryan Bell, MD10:40 am Immunotherapy: What’s All the Fuss? Assuntina G. Sacco, MD
10:45 am Panel Discussion11:00 am To Have and to Hold: Committing to the Electrolarynx Kristen Linnemeyer, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Predictive Assays/Preclinical Models

11:20 am Putting the Pieces Back Together: How to Maximize Function After
Reconstructive Surgery,
Ryan Orosco, MD
11:00 am Immunocompetent mouse models of HNSCC, J. Silvio Gutkind, PhD11:40 am
Throw Me a Lifeline!: Tales from a Head and Neck Social Worker, Margaret Sheridan, LCSW

11:15 am RNA Splice Variants, Theresa Guo, MD12:00 pmLunch
11:30 am Isolating/Expanding the Entire TIL Repertoire of Tumor-Reactive CD8 T Cells for Cell Therapy in H&N Cancer, Andrew D. Weinberg, MD
11:45 am
Panel Discussion
12:00 pm
New Horizons Session 2 - Cellular Therapy SLP Session 2
1:00 pm TILs Update, Eric Tran, PhD1:00 pm
What the Hexia is Cachexia?
Traci Roberts, RD, MBA
1:20 pm TCR-T Cells in HNSCC, Christian S. Hinrichs, MD1:20 pm Xerostomia: Spit Matters!
Charles Coffey, MD
1:40 pm MAGE-A4 TCR, David S. Hong, MD1:40 pm Electrons and Photons and Protons, Oh My! Loren Mell, MD
2:00 pm CAR Modified NK Cells, Clint T. Allen, MD 2:00 pm The Mentor and Mentee Experience in TEP Management, Liza Blumenfeld, MA, CCC-S, Kristen Linnemeyer, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
2:20 pm Discussion

2:40 pm Break / Vendors
3:00 pm Multidisciplinary Tumor Board Faculty3:00 pm
Multidisciplinary Tumor Board
Joseph Califano, MD with faculty
3:50 pm Questions3:50 pm Questions
4:00 pm
5:00 pm


Friday, September 23, 2022

​7:30 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast
​8:00 amThe Great Debate
  1. The Unresectable Local Recurrence – reRT or IO?, Nancy Lee, MD vs. Dan P. Zandberg, MD
  2. G-tube Removal in the Setting of Severe Oropharyngeal Dysphagia, Andrew Vahabzadeh-Hagh, MD vs. Erin Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, IBCLC
  3. Surgery vs CRT in Early Stage HPV-mediated Head and Neck Cancer, Loren Mell, MD vs. Kevin T. Brumund, MD
​9:00 am

Concurrent Sessions               PhysicianTrack

Concurrent Sessions                               SLP Track

New Horizons Session 3 - IO + RTSLP Session 3
​9:20 am    Radionuclide Therapy and Immune Checkpoint Blockade, Ravi Patel, MD, PhD ​9:20 am     Dysphagia is a Symptom not a Disease, Peter Belafsky, MD, MPH, PhD
​9:40 am   Wait a Minute – B cells?
Andrew Sharabi, MD, PhD
​9:40 am   Risk Factors and Management of Late-Radiation Associated Dysphagia
Kate Hutcheson, PhD
​10:00 am   
Thinking Beyond PD-1 for Radiation Combinatorial Therapy, Heath D. Skinner, MD, PhD10:00 am    Lymphedema Management Across the Care Continuum, Alyssa Mikut, OT
​10:20 am  
Panel Discussion​10:20 am  
Leveling up: Raising the standards on objective assessment, Andi Docktor, MA, CCC-SLP
​10:40 am   Break / Vendors ​ ​
New Horizons Session 4 - New Diseases, Thyroid & Cutaneous
​11:00 am  
Cutaneous SCC, Gregory A. Daniels, MD, PhD​11:00 am Shedding Light on the Unseen: The Mental, Emotional and Social Sequelae of Head and Neck Cancer
Liza Blumenfeld, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S,
Kristen Linnemeyer, MA, CCC-SLP,   BCS-S
Heather Starmer, MA CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Lisa Evangelista. CScD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

​11:15 am    New Targets – RET/NTRK
Lori J. Wirth, MD
12:00 pm
​11:30 am  IO in Thyroid Cancer
Matthew Taylor, MD
​11:45 am
Panel Discussion
​12:00 pm
​Lunch on your own
New Horizons Session 5 - New Targets
​1:00 pm   The Development and Dynamics of Pre-existing immunity in tumors, Michael J. Gough, PhD
​1:20 pm   
Bioactive Lipid Metabolites Regulate Clinical Response to Immune Checkpoint Blockade, Sonia Sharma, PhD 
​1:40 pm    
TIGIT, Joseph Califano, MD
​2:00 pmMetabolic Barriers and T Cell Exhaustion in the TME, Dayana Rivadeneira, PhD

​2:20 pm   Optimizing Therapeutic Vaccination Against Natural Neoantigens, Stephen Schoenberger, PhD
​2:40 pm    Panel Discussion
​3:00 pm
​Final Adjournment

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