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 & 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 2023 Symposium in a hybrid format at the Oregon Health & Science University.