Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology and Immunology and Co-Director of the Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Initiative at the University of Colorado School of Medicine
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T cells genetically modified to express chimeric antigen receptors are highly effective at eradicating malignant B cells resulting in recent approval for the treatment of refractory B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children and B cell lymphoma in adults. However, a substantial number of patients will relapse or not respond and extension of CAR T cell therapy to other forms of cancer has met challenges. Terry’s presentation will review the status of current CAR T cell therapy for human cancer;and, highlight strategies to optimize CAR T cells to improve remission durability and to address barriers to success in other forms of cancer.