A Practical Introduction to Clinical Immunology: A Clinician Education Session

The Cancer Genomics and Tumor Immunotherapy Symposium will host an Education Session with a focus on cancer immunology on Thursday, November 14th, 2019. The purpose of the education session is to provide clinicians with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of immunology with an emphasis on the practical and laboratory aspects.

Target Audience

This session is designed for Residents, Fellows, Postdoctoral Researchers, and Physicians with an interest in immunology and developing translational immunotherapy research projects.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the fundamental components of the human immune system.
  • Discuss the mechanisms underlying protective immune responses.
  • Describe the various laboratory tests that are used to assess immune cells and their function; and the tests that measure cytokines and their effect.
  • Understand the mechanisms that underpin tumor immunity and the strategies for therapeutic modulation of the immune system.

There is no fee to attend the education session. Slots are limited to 40 attendees on a first come first serve basis: 20 slots for clinical residents/fellows and 20 slots for postdoctoral researchers and trainees.


  • DATE: 14th November 2019 (1 day prior to CGP/TIP symposium)
  • LOCATION: 700 University Ave, Mezzanine Level, Mini Auditorium, Toronto, ON, M5G 1X6


12:30 – 12:55
Lunch (provided)
12:55 – 1:00
Aaron Hansen, MD
Immunology Sessions
1:00 – 1:30
Overview of the immune system
Marcus Butler, MD
1:30 – 2:00
Immune tolerance and regulation
Marcus Butler, MD
2:00 – 2:30
Tumor immunity
Sam Saibil, MD
2:30 - 2:40
Translational Immunology Sessions
2:40 – 3:10
Translational Immunology: Laboratory tests to evaluate immune cells and cytokines
Ben Wang, PhD
3:10 – 3:50
Translational Immunology: Therapeutic strategies to induce antitumor immune responses
Adrian Sacher, MD
3:50pm to 4:00pm
Feedback and Conclusion
Aaron Hansen, MD


  • Each session is 30 minutes long with a 25 minute presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions at the end of the session.