On 7th and 8th November 2023, the NexTGen team gathered at the Children’s National Hospital Research and Innovation Campus in Washington DC for their second annual research meeting. More than 80 NexTGen team members attended the event in person, with more joining online.
The team were treated to two keynote talks: Dr Anthony Sandler described how a mixture of correct and incorrect hypotheses has contributed to his research achievements in tumor immunology and tumor vaccine development. Lisa Ward shared her experience as the parent of a patient on a CAR T clinical trial, describing the ongoing legacy started by her son Jace’s 25-month journey with DIPG.
Overall, the two days included 15 research presentations from a mix of NexTGen team members – team leads, postdocs, PhD students, research technicians – plus innovative and powerful contributions led by NexTGen’s panel of patient advocates. A poster session showcased yet more research produced in the first full year of the NexTGen program. And the first team photo was taken!