The 5th Stat4Onc Annual Symposium (2022)

Symposium Objectives

The Stat4Onc Annual Symposium is a venue for interdisciplinary dialogue among clinical and quantitative scientists about cancer clinical trials. We seek participation by researchers from academia, industry, and regulatory agencies to share new research, discuss novel ideas, ask questions, and provide solutions for cancer clinical trials. Oncologists and statisticians can exchange views on trial design and conduct, drug development, and translation to patient care. Topics for this symposium include training for new generation of statisticians and clinicians, translational and precision oncology, master protocols, pediatric oncology research and drug development, populational cancer research, biomarkers and subgroups, real world data/evidence, and engagement of under-representative population in oncology research.

We want to thank to the NCI’s support to this conference through an NCI R13 grant award, Department of Public Health at The University of Chicago, Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford Center for Innovative Study Design, UCSF-Stanford Center of Excellence for Regulatory Science and Innovation, our clinical sponsor Journal of Immunotherapy and Precision Oncology, and generous industry sponsorship from AbbVie (gold), Boehringer Ingelheim (gold), Astellas (silver), BeiGene (silver), Eli Lilly (silver), Sanofi (silver), and Takeda (silver).


Date : May 4-7, 2022

Registration is open.
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Conference History

The idea of a unique conference that brings statisticians and oncologists together to discuss the challenges in oncology was initiated in 2015 during discussions between Yuan Ji (University of Chicago) and Professors Ying Lu (Stanford). The first symposium was held in 2017 at Stanford University . It was sponsored jointly by Stanford University and the University of Chicago. The second symposium was held in 2018 at the University of Chicago. At that time, we extended our partnership to include the University of Connecticut and chose OncoStat as the symposium name. The third symposium was held in 2019 at the University of Connecticut and renamed our symposium Stat4Onc. In 2020, we further extended our partnership to include the Oregon Health and Science University. This symposium is intended to be an annual event that rotates its location between Stanford University, the University of Chicago, the University of Connecticut and the Oregon Health Science University. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Symposium was postponed to 2021. In 2021, we held our 4th Stat4Onc Symposium virtually by Stanford University. Also, in 2021, our symposium received an R13 grant award by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Officially, our symposium is now partially funded by NCI. For the safety of our participants and in view of current pandemic condition, this year we decide to host the 2022 Symposium in a hybrid format at The University of Chicago. It will on May 5-6, 2022.

Click here to THE 4th STAT4ONC ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM (2021)

Click here to THE 3rd STAT4ONC ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM (2019)

Click here to THE 2nd STAT4ONC ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM (2018)

Click here to THE 1st STAT4ONC ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM (2017)

The 3rd Stat4Onc Annual Symposium


Time are all in Central Time. Short courses are all virtual. Program may change in later time.

See Program for detail.

Day 1 (May 4)



8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Short Course 1: Use of Real-World Evidence in Precision Oncology Drug Development
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM Short Course 2: Phase II Clinical Development of New Drugs

Day 2 (May 5)



8:30 AM - 9:15 AM Keynote Session 1: Education of New Generation of Statisticians and Oncologists for Cancer Research
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Invited Session 1: Panel Discussion-Education of New Generation of Statisticians and Oncologists for Cancer Research
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Invited Session 2: Master Protocol
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM Invited Session 3: Use of Real World Data and Real World Evidence in Clinical Studies
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Invited Session 4: Pediatric Oncology Research and Drug Development

Day 3 (May 6)



8:30 AM - 9:40 AM Keynote Session 2: Cancer Heterogeneity–Challenges and Opportunities for Translation
9:55 AM - 11:25 AM Invited Session 5: Precision and Translational Oncology Using Big Data and AI
11:40 AM - 12:55 PM Presentation of Winning Posters Award Ceremony to Winners
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Keynote Session 3: Time-Varying Associations of Risk Factors With Cancer Death Rates in SEER Data
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM Invited Session 6: Engaging Underrepresented Minority Groups in Oncology Research Success and Challenges
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Invited Session 7: Selection Tools of Biomarkers and Management of Adverse Events

Day 4 (May 7)



9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Short Course 3: Innovative Designs for Early Phase Oncology Trials
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM Short Course 4: Statistical Methods for Precision Medicine


Time are all in Central Time. Short courses are all virtual. Program may change in later time.


Short Courses

Short courses are all virtual. All time are based on Central Time (CT).

Short Course 1 (May 4, 8:00AM-12:00PM CT)

Short Course 2 (May 4, 1:30PM-5:30PM CT)

Short Course 3 (May 7, 9:00AM-1:00PM CT)

Short Course 4 (May 7, 1:30PM-5:30PM CT)




Ying Lu, Ph.D.

Stanford University, CA


Yuan Ji, Ph.D.

The University of Chicago


Shivaani Kummar, M.D.

Oregon Health and Science University, OR


Ming-Hui Chen, Ph.D.

The University of Connecticut


Scientific Program Committee (No specific order)



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Call for Poster Submission

There will be poster viewing session from May 5-6, 2022. Topics related to interface between biostatistics and oncology are welcome. We encourage researchers, in particular young researchers and trainees in academia, industry and government to submit the title and one-page abstract of the posters for review on or before April 19, 5PM PT. Posters should depict scientific research projects with relevant data. Email confirming acceptance of abstracts for poster presentation will be sent on or before April 22, 5PM PT. The detailed information for submitting the poster will be sent by email. Registration fee of the selected oral presentations will be refunded for one presenter per poster. Inquiries about the poster session can be made via email to

Venue and Hotel

The conference will be held at the David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago.

Local area hotels include The Study at University of Chicago, Sophy Hyde Park, Hyatt Place Chicago, etc. Please make reservations at your convenience.