ITCR 2022

Washington University is hosting NCI Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) investigators to showcase the latest advances in informatics and computational tools for cancer research and precision medicine


Hotel Booking

September 13th - 14th 2022

Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis
Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC)
320 South Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110



Contact with any questions


Monday September 12th

IDC Workshop at EPNEC (3-5PM)

Dinner on your own (5-7PM)

Evening Meet-up (snacks/drinks) at Chase Club hotel bar (7-9PM)

Tuesday September 13th

Breakfast at EPNEC (7:30-8:40AM)

ITCR Meeting Day 1 at EPNEC (8:40AM-5:10PM)

Social Outing (dinner/drinks) at Rhone Rum Bar (6:30-9:30PM)

Wednesday September 14th

Breakfast at EPNEC (7:30-8:40AM)

ITCR Meeting Day 2 at EPNEC (8:40AM-5:05PM)

Reception (dinner/drinks) at Missouri Botanical Garden (6:30-9:30PM)

Thursday September 15th

ITN Workshop at EPNEC (9AM-12PM)

Detailed Agenda

Scientific Program (PDF)

Q & A (slido)

Use slido with code: #ITCR2022


The NCI Imaging Data Commons (IDC) is a cloud-based repository of publicly available cancer imaging data co-located with the analysis and exploration tools and resources.

Details of the IDC workshop can be found at: IDC workshop details

Register for the IDC workshop here!.
Note: Registration is encouraged to help with planning, but is not required for attendance of the workshop.

The ITCR training network (ITN) is a collaborative effort of researchers around the United States to support cancer informatics and data science training through resources, technology, and events.

Details of the ITN can be found here!

Apply for the ITN workshop here!

Note: Both workshops will take place at EPNEC (Seminar Room A)

Posters & Elevator Pitches

Elevator pitch winners were selected by a committee of patient advocates. Poster award winners were selected based on popular vote count by meeting participants. Winners and cash prizes were announced at the reception dinner.

Poster Award Winners:

    1st place (tie): Ujjwal Baid - The Federated Tumor Segmentation (FeTS) Initiative: The Largest To-Date Real-World Federation Focusing on NeuroOncology
    1st place (tie): Kaushik Dutta - Deep Learning based framework for quantitative estimation of StandardCount [18F]-FDG PET from in-vivo preclinical Low-Count [18F]-FDG PET images
    2nd place (tie): Bassel Ghaddar - Reconstructing physical cell interaction networks from single-cell data using Neighbor-seq
    2nd place (tie): Susanna Kiwala - Continuing improvements to pVACtools to meet the challenges of neoantigen identification and prioritization
    3rd place (tie): Intekhab Hossain - Prior-informed NeuralODEs to discover sparse regulatory dynamics from timecourse gene expression data
    3rd place (tie): Huiming Xia - Computational prediction of MHC anchor locations guide neoantigen identification and prioritization

Elevator Pitch Award Winners:

Most Compelling Description:

    1st place: Greg Caporaso (QIIME)
    2nd place: Jun Kong (DPLab)
    3rd place: Harry Hochheiser (DeepPhe)

Most Potential for Patient Impact:

    1st place: Arpad Danos (CIViC)
    2nd place: Jin Chen (STAN-CT)
    3rd place: Susanna Kiwala (pVACtools)

Accommodations (Hotel)

We have secured a limited number of discounted rooms at the historic Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St Louis (see below for directions). Attendees may book hotel room(s) using either the Direct webpage URL OR by calling 1-800-Sonesta (766-3782). Please reference code "09122022ITCR" to obtain the discounted rate.

The conference rate is $179.00 / night + taxes for a standard room or $199.00 / night + taxes for a double room. Government rates are also available for NIH employees.

Please note that we have only reserved a limited number of rooms. Reserve your room early to receive the discounted rate.

In order to receive the discounted conference rate, all bookings should be made no later than Monday, August 15th, 2022. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the day of arrival.

Government employees: Please call the hotel at the number above, request a government rate, but also mention our group name/code (ITCR Investigators - 09122022ITCR).

If rooms are no longer available at the Chase Hotel we recommend booking a room at the AC Hotel St Louis Central West End. This is a new hotel and very close/conveniently located for the meeting (across the street/alley from Chase Hotel).


The ITCR 2022 meeting will be held in the Central West End of St Louis, on the Washington University Medical School Campus, at the Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC). Participants are encouraged to take advantage of the discounted room block at the historic Chase Park Plaza Hotel, a short walk/ride from EPNEC. On the evening of arrival (Monday) there will be an optional meet-up in the Chase Club hotel bar. After the first day of scientific program (Tuesday) we will gather at the Rhone Rum Room for an informal evening of food, drink and games. After the second day of scientific program (Wednesday) the meeting will conclude with a dinner reception at the Spink Pavilion in the Missouri Botanical Garden. We will arrive early to briefly explore the gardens. Bus transportation will be provided for both evening outings. Shuttles or buses will also be available for transit from hotel to EPNEC for the two main meeting days.

Meeting Directions (EPNEC)

The scientific portion of the ITCR meeting will be held on the Medical Campus of Washington University, in the Central West End of St Louis, at the Eric P Newman Education Center (see below for directions).


We gratefully acknowledge our sponsors, the Siteman Cancer Center and Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, for their generous support of the meeting.

Siteman Cancer Center
Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology
Division of Oncology

COVID safety protocol and recommendations for ITCR2022

We consider the safety of all those onsite at the ITCR 2022 Annual Meeting as our top priority. In an effort to host a safe and productive event, we will follow all guidelines and requirements set by Washington University ( Please note, these guidelines and requirements may change. For your own peace of mind, and the safety of other attendees, we strongly recommend taking a COVID-19 test before you depart for St. Louis and the day after you arrive onsite. Rapid antigen tests will be made available if needed. It is strongly recommended that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and recently boosted if possible. Per WashU policy, masks are required at all times when indoors on the WashU medical campus. Masks may be removed while eating and drinking (please distance as much as possible). Masks are strongly recommended for all off-campus activities. Masks will be made available if needed. The meeting auditorium is very large and will accommodate distanced seating. For breakfast and lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to sit outside or socially-distanced inside. If you feel sick, are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, or have had a recent exposure prior to traveling to St. Louis you should reconsider your in-person participation at the event. If you feel sick or are experiencing COVID-like symptoms after arriving in St. Louis, please take a COVID-19 test and refrain from attending the meeting in-person. All attendees have the option to participate in the meeting virtually at any time.