Symposia on Cancer Research

MD Anderson Cancer Center has held symposia on cancer research for more than 60 years. In the early years, this meeting covered all of cancer research, providing an annual overview of new scientific findings and new developments in patient care. In recent years, more focused topics were selected, reflecting the enormous growth in the spectrum of cancer research at MD Anderson and in the field in general. Over the past decade, these topics were closely tied to our institutional research themes.

The goals of the symposia remain unchanged: to bring the leaders in a given field from all over the world to MD Anderson to allow interaction, promote collaboration and provide education for the benefit of our trainees and faculty.

Upcoming Meeting

All meetings are held at MD Anderson with the main venue being the Robert C. Hickey Auditorium (R11.1400), Main Building, Floor 11, near Elevator B.

2015 Symposium

Emerging Concepts in Host Response to Cancer 

October 8-9, 2015

James Allison, Ph.D.
Sharon Dent, Ph.D. 
Raghu Kalluri, M.D., Ph.D.

Emergence of cancer cells within normal tissues provokes a myriad of host responses that affect tumor growth and progression. These responses include both cellular and non-cellular constituents that occur within the tumor stroma or tumor microenvironment. Host responses include innate and adaptive immunity, recruitment of new blood vessels and lymphatics, accumulation of mesenchymal cells/fibroblasts, extracellular matrix and exosomes. These processes create an ever evolving tumor microenvironment in which cancer cells experience further expansion in their genetic and epigenetic defects. This symposium will discuss emerging concepts in each of these areas with emphasis on basic and translational research that informs clinical development of novel therapies.


Presentations from the 2014 Symposia on Cancer Research 

Illuminating Genomic Dark Matter "ncRNA in Disease and Cancer"



Awards and Past Symposia