The Learning Institute


The BioCanRx-Cancer Stakeholder Alliance Learning Institute brings together leaders from oncology patient communities and academic scholars from the immunotherapy research community to engage in interactive and collaborative knowledge exchange activities at the annual Summit for Cancer Immunotherapy.

Academic scholars are exposed to the realities of the cancer patient experience and patient leaders are familiarized with research concepts in immuno-oncology. Both develop their networking knowledge and translation skills. Partnerships are also created and strengthened as a result.

They also work together on a Dissemination Report that captures their key take-away messages and reflections from the Summit for Cancer Immunotherapy, and serves as a way to share this information with BioCanRx, the oncology communities, and the general public.

The Learning Institute objectives are:

  • To create a model of learning that encourages, supports and creates the integration of patient leaders into the scientific conference, and
  • To ensure that scientific research presented at the conference is translated to patient participants in an understandable way so that it can be shared with interested partners.

The Learning Institute consists of four main components:

  • Pre-Summit training to learn about basic cancer biology and immunotherapy
  • A series of high-energy knowledge exchange sessions
  • A “buddy system” where patient leaders are paired with academic scholars
  • The creation of the Dissemination Report

Participants are given a workbook and assigned notetaking for the various plenaries, talks and events at the Summit for Cancer Immunotherapy.

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If you are interested in participating in this year's event, please contact Megan Mahoney at [email protected].