18th Annual AAADV Virtual Workshop September 14th - 16th, 2022


Leaders in clinical and translational cancer research from academia, industry, government and nonprofit advocacy sectors convene each spring in Bethesda, Maryland, for the AAADV Workshop, a unique forum designed to speed cancer treatments to patients. This four-day, Virtual interactive workshop offers a mix of small group lectures, moderated discussions, plenary lectures and facilitated case studies of successful drug applications. Participants gain valuable insights on negotiating the spectrum of successful drug development and hone their strategic planning skills with a focus on target validation and pathway identification. AAADV is the only workshop held in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration designed specifically to help participants understand and negotiate the drug development approval process so effective cancer treatments can reach patients more quickly.


The AAADV Workshop is designed for scientists and consumer advocates with clinical trial experience interested in developing agents for the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of cancer. Individuals with limited experience in the regular aspects of oncology drug development will benefit from the knowledge of and networking with more experienced investigators and advocates.

Scholarships covering the cost of registration, travel and accommodations for the Pre-Workshop for Patient Advocate attendees are available.

Participants Will:​

• Examine the most urgent issues and meaningful trends in anticancer agent development and validation.

• Learn new approaches for diagnosing, treating and preventing cancer.

• Benefit from a mix of small group lectures, moderated discussions, facilitated case studies of successful new drug applications and plenary lectures.

• Network with researchers, regulators, patient advocates and others working on the front lines of cancer research and treatment.

Special Features

Case studies of successful new drug applications feature pharmaceutical drug development teams and U.S. Food and Drug Administration officers involved in the drug approval process. Four drugs will be presented twice over the course of the Workshop.

The AAADV Workshop In-Depth Discussion Groups offer moderated sessions on numerous topics, each presented by a panel including researchers from academia, industry and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as patient advocates, giving attendees a rare opportunity to interact with and question numerous experts in a given field of study. Attendees will choose one of five topics, presented concurrently, to attend each day.

The Core Curriculum is designed for early-career drug development investigators and covers all aspects of clinical studies: pre-clinical and clinical science, statistical structure of trials, ethical requirements and regulatory considerations. It is taught by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) medical officers and senior scientists. Core Curriculum sessions occur concurrently with AAADV Workshop morning sessions on May 5, and offer breakfast discussion groups May 5-8.

Satellite Sessions are additional meetings or presentations held the afternoon of May 8 after conclusion of the AAADV Workshop. Visit back for details and room locations. 

Executive Committee

H. Kim Lyerly, MD

Duke University

Richard Schilsky, MD

Professor emeritus
University of Chicago

Renzo Canetta, MD

Independent Consultant.

Thomas Fleming, PhD

Professor, Department of Biostatistics University of Washington School of Medicine