Pancreatic cancer immunotherapy – harnessing neoantigens and group 2 innate lymphoid cells


Current immunotherapies are ineffective in nearly 80% of cancers that are weakly immunogenic (“cold”). Pancreatic cancer is a classic cold tumor with the lowest immunotherapy response rate of all cancers (<2%), and can accurately model the cold tumor microenvironment. To identify novel immunotherapeutic strategies for pancreatic cancer, our approach is to investigate the mechanisms conferring immunity in rare pancreatic cancer survivors with hot tumors. This seminar will discuss our work on how neoantigens and group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) promote immunity in pancreatic cancer and present our efforts to translate these finding to patients, to thereby provide broader immunotherapeutic concepts for cold tumors.

(Refreshments will be served at 9:45 AM)

Date & Time(s)


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Rockefeller Research Laboratories
430 East 67th Street
RRL Auditorium
New York, NY 10065


For more information, please contact Emily Delgado @ [email protected]


Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program


Vinod Balachandran, MD, FACS
Assistant Attending Surgeon, Hepatopancreatobiliary Service, Department of Surgery
Member Researcher, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Member Researcher, David M. Rubenstein Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center