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The 3rd Stat4Onc Annual Symposium (2019)

Symposium Objectives

The three-day symposium aims to bring oncologists and statisticians together to share new research, discuss novel ideas, ask questions and provide solutions for cancer clinical trials. In the era of big data, precision medicine, and genomics and immune-based oncology, it is crucial to provide a platform for interdisciplinary dialogues among clinical and quantitative scientists. The Stat4Onc Annual Symposium serves as a venue for oncologists and statisticians to communicate their views on trial design and conduct, drug development, and translations to patient care. To be discussed includes big data and genomics for oncology clinical trials, novel dose-finding designs, drug combinations, immune oncology clinical trials, and umbrella/basket oncology trials. An important aspect of Stat4Onc is the participation of researchers across academia, industry, and regulatory agency.

Event Co-Sponsors

  1. Department of Statistics, University of Connecticut
  2. UConn Health
  3. New England Statistical Society
  4. AbbVie
  5. Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc.
  6. Boehringer Ingelheim
  7. Celgene
  8. Cytel Inc
  9. DahShu
  10. Eli Lilly and Company
  11. Nektar Therapeutics
  12. Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford Center for Innovative Study Design, Department of Biomedical Data Science, Stanford University
  13. University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Chicago

Job placement

Job Position is no longer available.

Date and Location

April 25-27, 2019

Hilton, Hartford, Connecticut
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT 06103

For information about booking a reservation with Stat4Onc discount, please go to UCONN Stat4Onc Conference Reservation Site.

Conference History

This symposium series started in 2017 at the Stanford University ( as an joint event between Stanford University and the University of Chicago. The second symposium was held on May 29-30, 2018 at the University of Chicago ( where we extended our partnership with University of Connecticut and changed the Symposium name to OncoStat. This year, we renamed our symposium under the name of Stat4Onc and will hold the event at University of Connecticut.

This symposium is intended to be an annual event that rotates its location at Stanford University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Connecticut.


Day 1

Four Short Courses (two in the morning and two in the afternoon)

Day 2

Keynote Speeches and Invited Talks

Day 3

Invited Talks and Panel Discussion

See PROGRAM for detail.

Organizing Committees

Scientific Program Committee

  • Yuan Ji (Co-Chair), Ph.D., The University of Chicago, IL (
  • Ying Lu (Co-Chair), Ph.D., Stanford University, CA (
  • Dan Catenacci, M.D., University of Chicago, IL
  • Qiqi Deng, Ph.D., Boehringer Ingelheim, CT
  • Laura Fernandez, Ph.D., US FDA, DC
  • Shivaani Kumar, M.D., Stanford University, CA
  • Huaming Tan, Ph.D., Pfizer, CT
  • Susan Tannenbaum, M.D., UConn Health, CT

Local Organizing Committee

  • Ming-Hui Chen (Co-Chair), Ph.D., University of Connecticut, CT (
  • Naitee Ting (Co-Chair), Ph.D., Boehringer Ingelheim, CT (
  • Kun Chen, Ph.D., UConn and NESS, CT
  • James Grady, DrPH/MPH, UConn Health, CT
  • Lynn Kuo, Ph.D., UConn and NESS, CT

Graduate Student/Postdoc Volunteer Committee

  • Jono Brody-Felber
  • Lijiang Geng
  • Guanyu Hu
  • Jieying Jiao (Chair)
  • Joochul Lee
  • Hongfei Li
  • Yang Liu
  • Wei Shi
  • Wenjie Wang
  • Yishu Xue
  • Xuan Zhang
  • Yiming Zhang

Webmaster: Yan Li, UConn, CT

Administrative Support: Anthony Luis, UConn, CT (

Call for Poster Submission

There will be a poster session on April 26, 2019. Any topics related to biostatistics and oncology are welcome. We encourage researchers, in particular young researchers and trainees in academia, industry and government to submit the title and abstract of the posters to The number of accepted posters is 20 and will be selected based on merits and relevance. For each selected poster, the registration fee will be waived for one poster presenter. The size of the poster will be 4' by 4'. The submission deadline is April 15, 2019. Inquiry about the poster can be made via email to

Accepted Posters

Accepted Posters are no longer available.

Short Courses

Four half-day short courses will be held on
April 25, 2019
in the Graduate Business Learning Center Building (GBLC) located at 100 Constitution Plaza.

For walking/bus instructions, please go to Travel Instructions.

Morning Parallel Sessions (8:30 AM - 12:00 noon)

Afternoon Parallel Sessions (1:30 PM - 5:00 PM)

Speakers and Panelists

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Addresses (Banquet speaker)

Confirmed Invited Speakers and Panelists

alphabetic order by last name
  • More information to be added soon

Dr. Terry Fry

Terry Fry Dr. Fry is a Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology and Immunology, Co-Director of the Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Initiative, Director of Cancer Immunotherapy at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and holds the Robert and Kathleen Clark Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer Therapeutics at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. He arrived at Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2018 after serving as Head of the Hematologic Malignancies Section in the Pediatric Oncology Branch at the NIH where he led efforts in Cellular Immunotherapy for pediatric leukemia. Prior to the NIH, Dr. Fry was Chief of Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Fry’s research focuses on the preclinical and clinical development of chimeric antigen receptor T cells for pediatric cancers. He serves on the Committee for Scientific Affairs for the American Society of Hematology, Vice Chair for Biology in the Cellular Therapy Committee of the Children’s Oncology Group and was recently elected into the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

CAR T cell Therapy for Cancer: What have we learned so far?


T cells genetically modified to express chimeric antigen receptors are highly effective at eradicating malignant B cells resulting in recent approval for the treatment of refractory B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children and B cell lymphoma in adults. However, a substantial number of patients will relapse and extension of CAR T cell therapy to other forms of cancer has met challenges. Increasing understanding of the patterns of relapse and the unique immune biology of CAR T cells provides opportunities to optimize CAR T cells to improve remission durability and to address barriers to success in other forms of cancer.

Dr. Sue-Jane Wang

Sue-Jane Wang Dr. Sue-Jane Wang is an Associate Director, Office of Biostatistics (OB) in the Office of Translational Sciences, CDER, US FDA. She is also the OB Biostatistics Liaison to Office of New Drugs for the FDA/CDER Biomarker Qualification Program. Dr. Wang has joined FDA for more than 20 years. Currently, she is also helping the Biometrics Division that provides regulatory statistical services to cardio- renal, neurology, psychiatry and medical imaging drug product developments. In her roles, Dr. Wang has been contributing to FDA guidance developments as an Office Lead or a guidance working group member including, e.g., pre-market evaluation on clinical pharmacogenomics, adaptive design, enrichment strategies, drug development tools, co-development of an In Vitro companion diagnostic device with a therapeutic product, multiple endpoints, analytical validation of biomarker for qualification. She is a member of FDA- NIH Biomarker Working Group. Dr. Wang has been active in complex trial design, pharmacogenomics, biomarker, diagnostic imaging, theranostics research and professional editorship. She has been awarded for her professional recognitions including, e.g., a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, an FDA Level Scientific Achievement (Individual) Award on Excellence in Analytical Science.

Theranostics Trial Design Considerations Beyond Therapeutics: A New Framework


Theranostics is an evolving field of medicine. The term theranostics is derived from a combination of words: therapeutics and diagnostics. Theranostics was only formally referenced in early 2000. For the purpose of drug development, theranostics approach may be able to facilitate the opportunity to simultaneously develop experimental therapeutics and experimental imaging agents. In this presentation, we will introduce theranostics and give some approved case examples that adopted a sequential development pathway. We will then articulate some possible efficient trial designs under the umbrella of theranostics. Specifically, our current thinking on how to leverage trial designs in therapeutic trials to also aim for diagnostics imaging drug approval will be shared. Since the theranostics principle is based on the concept of diagnostic molecular imaging followed by an individually tailored treatment decision known as precision medicine, we will pinpoint additional considerations to assess the clinical utility of precision medicine in the context of theranostics.

* The views expressed are those of the authors and should not be construed to represent the views or policies of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Mingxiu Hu

Terry Fry Mingxiu Hu is currently a Senior Vice President at Nektar Therapeutics responsible for Data Science and Systems. Immuno-oncology therapies are a major part of Nektar R&D portfolio. Before joining Nektar, Dr. Hu was a Vice President, Global Head of Biometrics, at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. In his 12.5 years at Takeda, he played critical roles in the successful approval of several important medicines, including Entyvio® for IBD and Ninlaro® for Multiple Myeloma. Prior to Takeda, he spent seven years at Pfizer. He is an Adjunct Professor of Biostatistics at Yale University and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), and served on Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Fellow Committee for ASA, as well as Board of Directors for ICSA. His research interest focuses on statistical methodologies and applications in drug development, including clinical trial designs and analysis methodologies, development decision making, and biomarker strategies. He has published over 20 scientific articles, edited one book, and co-authored two.

Dr. Hu received his Ph.D in Statistics from George Washington University, M.S. in Statistics from Beijing University, and M.A. in Biology from Brown University.

Statistical Adaptation to Oncology Drug Development Evolution: From Cut, Burn and Poison to Immunotherapy


In the fight against cancer, we have had surgery for at least three thousand years. We added radiation therapy in 1896 and started chemotherapy in 1946. These “cut, burn, and poison” techniques try to kill cancer cells directly and have been the main approaches in treating cancer until recently. With the approval of immunotherapies, especially Nivolumab (Opdivo) and Pembrolizumab (Keytruda), in the past few years, cancer treatment has been revolutionized. Instead of treating the disease, immunotherapies treat the patient with the disease; more precisely, correct the patient’s immune system so that it can fight cancer in the long term, which makes the cure of metastatic cancers actually possible. To adapt to this evolution in oncology drug development, clinical trial designs and statistical analysis methodologies are required to change in order to efficiently bring novel oncology medicines to waiting cancer patients. For example, one of the major difference between immunotherapies and chemotherapies is that immunotherapies often take a little longer to have an effect (need additional time to correct a patient’s immune system) but generally last longer. Trial design assumptions and adaptation rules (if adaptive design is used) need to take into account of this delayed effect phenomenon. More efficient statistical tests such as Fleming-Harrington test and Zmax test (to be published) can be used to improve statistical power over the conventional logrank test for the analyses of overall survival data and progression free survival data that often exhibit non-proportional hazards. Examples will be used to illustrate how designs and analysis methodologies can be modified to gain statistical power and clinical trial efficiency.


The registration of the symposium has been closed.

Date for the refund of registration or short course fees is Monday April 15, 2019. After April 15, 2019, the refund is no longer available.


The conference will be held at Hilton, Hartford, Connecticut on April 25 - 27, 2019. The nearest airport is the Bradley International Airport of Hartford/Springfield (BDL).

A block of rooms at Hilton, Hartford has been reserved for April 25, 2019 - April 28, 2019.

The special room rate will be available until March 26th or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first.

For more information about booking a reservation, please go to UCONN Stat4Onc Conference Reservation Site.

If you would like to book outside of conference, please call 800-754-7941 to receive the discount and mention ONCOSTAT.

Travel Instructions

Travel between BDL airport and Hartford

The 30-Kennedy Road (Bradley Flyer) route provides semi-express bus service between Bradley International Airport and Hartford for a low local bus fare (the one-way fare is $1.75). For detailed schedule of Bradley Flyer bus, please click 30-Kennedy Road (Bradley Flyer) Service.

How to get to the Hilton Hartford

For detailed travel instructions on how to get to the Hilton in Hartford, please click Maps & Directions from the Hilton staff.

How to get to the building for Short Courses

Short Courses will be held in the Graduate Business Learning Center Building located at 100 Constitution Plaza.

Directions from Hilton Walking:

Take a right exiting the Hilton Hartford and head down Church Street for 1 block. Take a right on Main Street and pass City Stem Brewery on your left and side. Take a left onto Temple Street and walk for 1 block the GBLC will be at the end of Temple Street as shown in the following picture. Head inside and take the elevator to the 5th floor.

Directions from Hilton by Dash Shuttle:

Hilton Hartford is Bus Stop #11. Get on the Dash bus and get off at Stop #15 Kinsley Street. Walk up Kinsley Street 1 block to enter the Graduate Business Learning Center. Hartford Dash Shuttle Route Map for your reference. Head inside and take the elevator to the 5th floor.

Conference Program

April 25, 2019

  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:0 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Short Courses

April 26, 2019

  • All events will be held at Hilton Hartford 3rd Floor unless otherwise noted.

April 27, 2019

  • All events will be held at Hilton Hartford 3rd Floor unless otherwise noted.

Symposium Photos

Photographed by Guanyu Hu, University of Connecticut

April 25, 2019

April 26, 2019

April 27, 2019