CIP at the CIMT Anniversary Symposium 10-11 May 2017
May 10-11, 2017 - Mainz
After the success of its first symposium (CIMT2015), CIP will organize a new event dedicated to immune assessments on May 10, from 12:00-15.00.
For more information, please visit the CIMT 2017 symposium program
MDSCs Harmonization - Second phase
Results of the phase I proficiency panel have been published (S. Mandruzzato, PMID: 26728481).
A phase II (in silico) is under preparation. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural Killer Harmonization - Second phase
The second testing phase has been completed and results are being analysed. They will be presented at CIMT 2017. Contact: Ruth.Challis@uhs.nhs.uk
Workshop on Combinatorial Encoding of pMHC
November 21- 22, 2016 - Copenhagen, Denmark
A wet workshop on combinatorial color-encoded MHC multimer has been held in Copenhagen. Participants were proposed to learn MHC multimer generation through UV-induced peptide exchange, staining and acquisition of test samples in combinatorial coding, and application of gating strategies. Contact: email@example.com
Proficiency panel collaboration
The proficiency panel programs established by CIP and CIC have reached a high degree of harmonization for two immune monitoring methods, the HLA-multimer staining and Interferon-gamma ELISPOT. Starting in Fall 2013, the company Immudex has taken on the organization of large-scale proficiency panels for these two assays.
For general information about the Immudex proficiency panels as well as upcoming panels, please go to the Immudex website.
News, April 2017: the next panel will be dedicated to the multimer staining assay
and is currently recruiting. It will be followed by an ELISPOT panel in Fall 2017.
Reference samples containing a controlled number of antigen-specific T cells that can be used for controlling assay performance overtime are urgently needed. In collaboration with the University Medical Clinic in Mainz and TRON, CIP has developed a RNA-based scalable technology which allows the generation of TCR-engineered reference samples (TERS) of selected specificities (Bidmon et al. doi: 10.4049). TERS can be used for controlling the performance of HLA-multimer, Elispot and ICS assays over time. TERS can be easily produced in-house using a kit-based approach. Since November 2016, TERS-kits have been proposed by the company jpt.
The CIMT Immunoguiding Program (CIP) is a working group founded in February 2005 under the aegis of the Association for Cancer Immunotherapy (CIMT).
CIP Mission: CIP's aim is to help establish high-quality immunomonitoring across the field. For this purpose, CIP supports the concept of immune monitoring harmonization and promotes the technical validation of in-vitro assays.
CIP Objective: to guide the development of innovative cancer immunotherapeutics on the basis of immunological outcomes.
CIP organizes proficiency panels to reach quality control and inter-laboratory harmonization of commonly applied immunomonitoring assays and to test new tools or assays which are of interest to the field. CIP covers educational aspects by organizing scientific sessions at the CIMT Annual Meeting and by proposing workshops. CIP guidelines are available on its homepage, and new insights are published in peer-review journals. So far, almost 80 laboratories from Europe and the USA have participated in CIP activities, and a number of labs have expressed their interest in joining upcoming panels. CIP cooperates with partner groups and institutions that share similar aims.
CIP receives support from the Wallace Coulter Foundation (Miami, Florida, USA) and industry partners.
establish a group of professional developers and users to exchange techniques, protocols and reagents, and to critically discuss immune monitoring issues.
organize interlaboratory testing projects in order to compare techniques, variables and local protocols used for measuring antigen-specific T cells and other immune cells.
propose technical guidelines and increase transparency for reporting results of in vitro assays (MIATA project).
advise in the monitoring of T-cell responses in clinical studies, including help for training staff members.
share experience with other scientists and working groups that are active in the field of immune monitoring.
promote immune monitoring and communicate significant developments in the field: CIP organizes scientific sessions during the CIMT Annual Meetings, and international speakers present their most recent results at the plenary immunoguiding session. CIP members meet once a year during the CIMT Meeting (CIP breakout session) in order to discuss ongoing CIP panels and results, learn more about new developments in the field, and address priorities for upcoming activities. The group is open to all laboratories that focus on the monitoring of immune cells.