Thursday, May 9, 2019 – Saturday, May 11, 2019

4th Annual Young Investigators Forum in Lung Cancer

Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

Waldorf Astoria (formerly Mandarin Oriental)
3376 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Submit Your Abstract Eligibility & Criteria


The 4th Annual Young Investigators Forum in Lung Cancer will provide an opportunity for collegial interaction with other young investigators and established senior investigators in lung cancer.

The Forum is specifically designed for young investigators who are pursuing a career in academic research in lung cancer. The goal is help prepare the young investigators to succeed in translational and clinical research. An engaging agenda includes relevant and stimulating presentations for the young-investigator audience, but also allows ample time for discussion and debate with senior-investigator faculty, networking, small-group sessions, and breakout tracks.

The faculty-to-young-investigator ratio is low to encourage one-on-one and small-group discussions, networking, and face-to-face time. Young investigators each present their own research, for which they receive feedback and commentary. Additionally, selected attendees present cases offering treatment recommendations, and senior investigators weigh in with their opinions and feedback.

The deadline to submit abstracts has been extended to March 15th!

Abstract submissions submitted prior to February 15th will still be notified of their application status by March 1st.

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Key Indicators of Success

Previous attendees indicated that the Young Investigators Forum:

  • Helped them in their career (100%)
  • Prepared them for career success (100%)
  • Enabled them to make a connection for research projects (90%)

Each year the co-chairs, Drs Julie Brahmer and Suresh Ramalingam, work to keep the content fresh and applicable for all attendees.

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Meet the Faculty

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Julie Brahmer, MD, MSc, FASCO
Suresh Ramalingam, MD


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Shirish Gadgeel, MD
Nasser Hanna, MD
Leora Horn, MD, MDc
Mark G. Kris, MD
Natasha Leighl, MD, MMSc, FRCPC, FASCO
Jyoti Patel, MD
Lecia V. Sequist, MD, MPH
Heather Wakelee, MD

Keynote Speaker

Gary L. Teal, MBA

Presentation Skills Presenter

Judy Fortin

Meet the Young Investigators

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Young Investigators

Amy Cummings, MD
Nicholas Bodor, MD, PhD
Jenny Carlisle, MD
Zachary Farmer, MD
Jessica Hellyer, MD
Maya Khalil, MD
Erik Henry Knelson, MD, PhD
Sally Lau, MD
Hirva Mamdani, MD
Melina Marmarelis, MD
Nathaniel Myall, MD
Abdul Naqash, MD
Marcelo Vailati Negrao, MD
Pradnya Patil, MD
Kirstin Perdrizet, MD
Jason Porter, MD
Sonam Puri, MBBS
Andreas Saltos, MD
Diana Saravia, MD
Katherine Scilla, MD
Kartik Sehgal, MBBS
Ying Wang, MD
Nicolas Villanueva, MD
Natalie Vokes, MD


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  Eligibility & Criteria

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - Arrivals

7.00 AM Registration and breakfast
7.45 AM Welcome and introduction
Expectations and goals
Intro ARS questions
Julie Brahmer, MD, MSc, FASCO, and Suresh Ramalingam, MD
8.15 AM Introduction to clinical research
  • How to write an investigator-initiated trial (15 min)
    Nasser Hanna, MD
  • Considerations for participation in industry trials (15 min)
    Shirish Gadgeel, MD
  • Cooperative groups (15 min)
    Heather Wakelee, MD
9.00 AM Q & A
9.15 AM Break
Session format: Young investigators will be divided into 2 preassigned groups. Each investigator has 5 minutes to present his/her research and will be critiqued and scored by an expert panel.
Abstract Presentations – Group #1
Chair: Julie Brahmer, MD, MSc, FASCO
Faculty: TBD
Abstract Presentations – Group #2
Chair: Suresh Ramalingam, MD
Faculty: TBD
9.35 AM Intro to using the AV system for young investigators in each room
9.50 AM Abstract presentations (5 min presentation + 5 min critique each)
12.30 PM Lunch
Session format: There will be a total of 4 groups, each with an assigned topic and 2 faculty/room for informal discussion on the assigned topic. Each session lasts 30 minutes. Young investigators will visit 2 rooms during this session.
  • You’re invited to an advisory board: Now what?
    Nasser Hanna, MD and Mark Kris, MD
  • Transition from fellowship to faculty?
    Jyoti Patel, MD and Leora Horn, MD, MDc
  • Interaction and industry
    Natasha Leighl, MD, MMSc, FRCPC, FASCO and Heather Wakelee, MD
  • How to write a manuscript
    Lecia Sequist, MD, MPH and Suresh Ramalingam, MD
1.30 PM Breakout session #1
2.00 PM Breakout session switch
2.10 PM Breakout session #2
2.40 PM Break
3.10 PM Presentation TBD
Gary Teal
4.10 PM Presentation skills
Judy Fortin
4.40 PM prIME Points™ and announcement of top 4 abstract presentation finalists
Julie Brahmer, MD, MSc, FASCO and Suresh Ramalingam, MD
4.45 PM Adjourn
Session format: Each faculty member will take 20-minute appointments for individual discussion with young investigators. Young investigators will register for these appointments ahead of time; appointments are on a first come, first served basis.
7.00 PM Reception and dinner
7.00 AM Breakfast
7.45 AM Day 2 opening remarks
Julie Brahmer, MD, MSc, FASCO and Suresh Ramalingam, MD
7.50 AM Case #1 – Small cell lung cancer
Case presenter: Young Investigator TBD (15 min)
Faculty discussant: Leora Horn, MD, MDc (15 min)
8.20 AM Case #2 – Stage III NSCLC
Case presenter: Young Investigator TBD (15 min)
Faculty discussant: Nasser Hanna, MD (15 min)
8.50 AM Case #3 – Targeted therapy: First-line and beyond
Case presenter: Young Investigator TBD (15 min)
Faculty discussant: Lecia Sequist, MD, MPH (15 min)
9.20 AM Break
9.45 AM Top 4 abstract presentations (15 min/each)
The previously selected top 4 young investigator presenters from Friday will each give a more detailed presentation.
11.15 AM Break and boxed lunch pick up
  • How to write a grant
    Lecia Sequist, MD, MPH, and Mark Kris, MD
  • How to find the right mentor
    Nasser Hanna, MD, and Leora Horn, MD, MDc
  • Preparing for a promotion: From assistant to associate
    Jyoti Patel, MD, and Heather Wakelee, MD
  • How do you become a thought leader?
    Shirish Gadgeel, MD, and Natasha Leighl, MD, MMSc, FRCPC, FASCO
11.30 AM Breakout session #1
12.00 PM Breakout session switch
12.10 PM Breakout session #2
12.40 PM Reconvene in main meeting room
12.45 PM prIME Points™ and announcement of winners
Julie Brahmer, MD, MSc, FASCO and Suresh Ramalingam, MD
1.00 PM Adjourn

Past Meetings

2018 Atlanta


2017 Atlanta


2016 Chicago


Target Audience

The target audience for this activity includes medical oncologist junior faculty (MD or DO who has completed a fellowship within the past 5 years) and fellows (actively enrolled in a fellowship program) who are pursuing careers in lung cancer.

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Assess the rationales, design, and endpoints in clinical trials investigating treatment options for lung cancer
  • Select treatment for lung cancer based upon disease and patient characteristics
  • Evaluate recent data from national society meetings that have the potential to impact practice including: immunotherapy, targeted therapies, sequencing, and combination therapy

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