International Association of Small Cell Lung Cancer Young Investigators (IASCLC-YI)

International Association of Small Cell Lung Cancer Young Investigators (IASCLC-YI)

The logo of the International Association of Small Cell Lung Cancer Young Investigators

The International Association of Small Cell Lung Cancer Young Investigators (IASCLC-YI) was established to promote scientific and professional development of the next generation of small cell lung cancer (SCLC) researchers. By promoting trainee development, our group hopes to help ensure that continued progress is made against this aggressive, recalcitrant form of lung cancer. 

The IASCLC-YI is open to all graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and new faculty at academic institutions who are interested in SCLC research. Our membership includes trainees from more than 40 institutions in more than 20 countries across three continents. To ensure true international reach, we are fortunate to partner with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) SCLC Consortium, the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO), the European Thoracic Oncology Platform (ETOP), and the European Respiratory Society (ERS).

To facilitate continued trainee development, we organize both virtual and in-person events. In 2024, we have established a monthly virtual meeting where trainees and expert SCLC faculty from around the world can regularly interact. 

During these virtual meetings, we host a rotating series of continuing education lectures from field experts, trainee research in progress talks, and non-traditional journal clubs. We have designed a continuing education lecture series to cover foundational topics in SCLC research and clinical management. Each live lecture is recorded and posted in a continuing education lecture repository to serve as a resource for current and future trainees. Research in progress talks provide trainees a valuable platform to present their research and receive feedback from the global SCLC research community. Lastly, our journal clubs provide a mechanism for collectively reviewing new and exciting advances in SCLC research. We have intentionally implemented a panel and invited discussant format for our journal clubs to give trainees a chance to gain experience sitting on panels common at external conferences. These journal clubs also enable trainees to connect with and directly discuss key advances with the authors of each published work.

In addition to our monthly virtual meeting, our group also organizes in-person events at large cancer conferences, such as the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting, the annual World Conference on Lung Cancer meeting, and SCLC Consortium meetings. 


The IASCLC-YI leadership is comprised of Chair, Vice Chair, Clinical Research, and Basic Science Representatives.

Ben Morris
Benjamin B. Morris, PhD
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Zsolt Megyesfalvi
Vice Chair
Zsolt Megyesfalvi, MD PhD
Medical University of Vienna

Catherine Meador
Clinical Research Representative
Catherine Meador, MD PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital

Esther Redin Resano
Basic Science Representative
Esther Redin Resano, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


IASCLC-YI monthly meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month via Zoom from to Eastern Time. Please direct requests to join these meetings to chair Benjamin B. Morris, PhD, at [email protected].

Our in-person events are advertised in advance of individual conferences through our IASCLC-YI mailing list and monthly meeting forums. 

Continuing Education Lecture Repository

IASCLC-YI continuing education lecture series topics include:

  • Clinical management of SCLC
  • Identifying therapeutic target vulnerabilities in SCLC
  • SCLC model systems
  • SCLC patient perspectives
  • Investigator-initiated clinical trials and accessing cooperative group samples
  • Sample biobanking and collection

Continuing education lectures can be accessed via the IASCLC-YI YouTube channel.


Benjamin B. Morris, PhD
CPRIT TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 West Holcombe Blvd
Houston, TX 77030
[email protected]