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Sidra workshop to help bring immune cell-based cancer therapies to fore

Sidra workshop to help
bring immune cell-based
cancer therapies to fore

Tribune News Network
Sidra Medicine will host Qatar’s first ‘Engineered Immune Cells in Cancer Immunotherapy’ (EICCI) workshop on February 15 and 16.
The workshop theme, ‘From discovery to off-the-shelf development’, aims at bringing the rapidly evolving field of immune cell-based cancer therapies to the forefront in Qatar and making them accessible to paediatric and adult cancer patients in the country.
Dr Cristina Maccalli, staff scientist at Sidra and EICCI workshop’s chair, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming some of the leading experts in this field to Qatar and to Sidra Medicine. It is the right platform for us to share case studies, best practice methodologies and knowledge that will ultimately benefit collaboration and patient care in the field of cell-based cancer
EICCI will bring together local and worldwide experts in immunology, oncology, haematology, gene and cell therapy while unveiling breakthrough clinical successes and technologies to help implement the efficacy and manufacturing of cell therapies.
“As an academic medical centre, Sidra Medicine is prioritising several research programmes that will help us embark on the path to personalised and precision medicine. We are currently developing immune cell-based cancer therapies for our paediatric cancer patients as a matter of research priority, whereby we would look to reprogram a patient’s immune cells to fight the cancer cells in their body. We are also hopeful it will also contribute to achieving the unmet need of providing innovative and highly efficacious treatments to patients affected with advanced neoplastic diseases in Qatar and in the MENA region,” Dr Maccalli added.
The EICCI workshop is a collaboration between Sidra Medicine and the National Center for Cancer Care and Research - Hamad Medical Corporation, and the Qatar Cancer Society. This event has been awarded a sponsorship under the Conference Workshop Sponsorship Program -15th Cycle by the Qatar National Research Fund.
The workshop will be held at the Auditorium in Sidra Medicine. To register and for details, visit
Sidra Medicine is also hosting a pre-workshop on February 15, which is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Category 1) as defined by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners – Accreditation Department. It is approved for a maximum of 3.25 credits.