Immunotherapy has revolutionized the arena of anti-cancer treatments; the number of clinically approved drugs, along with the greater numbers of experimental therapeutics have been constantly increasing. However, relatively large fractions of patients do not respond to the drugs. In addition, these therapeutics frequently have serious side effects (e.g., autoimmunity).
We will firstly provide introductory lectures to the various classes of immunotherapy, such as immune checkpoint inhibitors and other antibody-based approaches, including bi-specific antibodies, T cell engagers (BITEs), chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells, anti-receptor antibodies and antibody-drug conjugates, and therapeutic vaccines that can drive specific T cells responses to tumors. In the next part, participants of the course will present selected publications and lead a group discussion in the format of a journal club.