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2024 Biennial Symposium

September 19-22, 2024
Essex Conference Center & Retreat
1 Conomo Point Road
Essex, MA 01929


The ITSCC symposium will once again be held at the Essex Conference Center and Retreat (ECCR) located on Cape Ann on Boston’s North Shore, just 45 minutes from downtown Boston. The 2024 ITSCC Symposium is a small, intimate, retreat-style scientific meeting in a beautiful natural setting with available outdoor activities and good food. We will also be joined by some of our colleagues from SCOPE, making this a truly fun meeting with international flair!


Retreat Details

  • Attendance is limited to 40 people due to the capacity of the conference center; up to 10 of the 40 slots will go to SCOPE members.
  • Invitations to attend will be given to accepted abstract submitters who will give presentations on their ongoing work.
  • Invited applicants/attendees must be a current ITSCC member through 12/31/2024.
  • Registration for the symposium is $900 for each person and covers room, food and beverages.  Due to the limited budget, attendees will have the opportunity to provide a donation to provide for additional beverages and social activities. Scholarships are available for mentees in the IAMP program.
  • Attendees will have options to participate in working groups of their choice.
  • Due to the retreat style of this educational meeting, participants are expected to attend/participate for the full event.
  • Sleeping rooms will be shared and are assigned in advance. Bunkmate preferences will be provided with the invitation.


Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts is now closed.


Preliminary Agenda

  • Keynote Speakers:  We are honored to feature a joint keynote address from Dr. Naoka Murakami and Dr. Ann Silk, discussing their pivotal findings of the CONTRAC-1 trial and sharing what is next for the use of immunotherapy in solid organ transplant recipients with advanced cutaneous malignancies.


Naoka Murakami, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Transplant Nephrology, Renal Division

Naoka Murakami, MD PhD, is Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and a transplant nephrologist at the Renal Division at the BWH. Her primary research focus is allograft tolerance and T cell immunobiology. Her research project has been supported by NIH and American Society of Nephrology. Her clinical focus is on the care for kidney transplant recipients with cancer (Transplant Onconephrology), in collaboration with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Ann Silk, MD
Director of Cutaneous Oncology Clinical Research
Co-Director, Merkel Cell Carcinoma Center of Excellence
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute;
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Silk is a medical oncologist specializing in advanced skin cancers. She is the Co-Director of the Merkel Cell Carcinoma Center of Excellence, and the Director of Cutaneous Oncology Clinical Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Silk graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Biology, and she was awarded her MD and MS in Clinical Research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2008. She completed her Hematology/Oncology fellowship at the University of Michigan in 2014.  She has conducted clinical trials using checkpoint inhibitors, oncolytic viruses, intratumoral agonists, and cytokine therapy.  Dr. Silk served on the Board of Directors for the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) and is currently on the Executive Council. She is the Co-Chair of the SITC Clinical Practice Guideline on Nonmelanoma skin cancers.


  • Scientific sessions will focus on aspects of cancer and other dermatologic diseases in immunosuppressed patients and transplant recipients, including epidemiology, immunology, cancer biology, and more. Submitted abstracts will be presented with time for robust and meaningful discussions.
  • Working Groups: Working group topics will be determined based on participant interest and time will be dedicated to defining projects and developing aims.
  • Learning from the leaders: Key thought leaders in the field of transplant dermatology will share their expertise.
  • Social Program: There will be a fun and adventurous social program organized by Dr. Catherine Pisano. The Essex retreat is a place to develop long-lasting friendships and professional relationships.


2024 Important Dates

April 30 – Abstract Submissions Deadline

June 7 – Symposium Invitations sent

June 30 – Symposium Registration deadline

September 19-22 – ITSCC 2024 Symposium


For further questions, contact Kathy Uy, MS, CMP, DES, ITSCC Executive Director at kuy@itscc.org or 414.918.3191.

This year’s symposia promises to be yet another fun and interactive transplant dermatology meeting. We look forward to seeing you!


Melodi Javid Whitley, MD, PhD
2024 ITSCC Symposia Chair