The promise of cancer immunotherapy and in particular checkpoint inhibitors that target the PD1 PDL1 signaling pathway is the topic of this episode.

We hear about the latest data presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in Philadelphia.

Interviews with Dr Julie Brahmer (Johns Hopkins), Dr Leisha Emens (at the time of recording at Johns Hopkins and now at the University of Pittsburgh) and Dr Ira Mellman (Genentech) take us on a journey that highlights some of the challenges and opportunities.

Dr Leisha Emens Johns Hopkins

We also hear from Dr Suzanne Topalian (Johns Hopkins), Dr Antoni Ribas (UCLA) and Dr Pasi Jänne (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute).

Links to Papers Mentioned in the Podcast

Pembrolizumab versus Ipilimumab in Advanced Melanoma – The New England Journal of Medicine, April 19, 2015. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1503093

Nivolumab and Ipilimumab versus Ipilimumab in Untreated Melanoma – The New England Journal of Medicine, April 20, 2015. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1414428

Oncology meets immunology: the cancer-immunity cycle – Immunity. 2013 Jul 25;39(1):1-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.immuni.2013.07.012 (Open Access).

Podcast Music

The music in this podcast episode is by electric violinist and composer David Schulman from his album Quiet Life Motel.


Genentech Corporate Logo




This podcast episode is sponsored by Genentech. We’re grateful for their support.


© Blue Ice Publishing LLC. All Rights Reserved.

error: Please do not copy copyrighted content