2018 Debates and Didactics in Hematology and Oncology

Meeting Overview

The 2018 Debates and Didactics in Hematology and Oncology conference will feature a comprehensive review of mechanisms of disease and treatments for patients with cancer or blood disorders. Expert faculty from Winship Cancer Institute and thought leaders from across the nation will engage in interactive debates and didactic lectures on controversial topics and standards of care, offering you the opportunity to hear how science supports each point of view. Presentations and discussions will focus on current basic and clinical research, including the use of molecular targeted therapy, immunotherapies, and other novel therapeutic approaches.

Optional Agenda Sessions

Back by popular demand - Improving Your Presentation Skills: Going From Good to Great

Preparing a great presentation for a conference or seminar involves more than creating a slide deck. Join Judy Fortin, Senior Director of Communications for Winship Cancer Institute, for a session on Improving Your Presentation Skills. Participants will learn strategies and tactics for leaving your audience with the right information and the right impression.

Target Audience

This educational activity is intended for hematologists, oncologists, and other allied healthcare professionals interested in the management of hematology and oncology.

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate the risks and benefits of emerging therapies and novel treatment strategies for patients with solid tumors and hematologic malignancies, as well as the practical utility of these approaches based on recent clinical data
  • Apply best practices regarding the treatment of patients with cancer, including integration of novel therapeutic approaches and individualization of care
  • Appropriately integrate multimodality therapy and multidisciplinary care to improve the management of patients with cancer

Fee Information

Registration Fees Before May 1 On or After May 1
Physician/PharmD/PhD $550 $650
Mid-level provider/Nurse $300 $375
Fellows, Residents, Students $25 $40
Pharmaceutical industry representative (non-exhibitor) $1000 $1200

For additional information contact Jaye Harden, or 678.892.1353.

Course Directors

  • Sagar Lonial, MD
    Professor and Chair, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
    Emory University School of Medicine
    Chief Medical Officer
    Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
    Atlanta, Georgia

  • Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD
    Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
    Director, Division of Medical Oncology
    Director, Lung Cancer Program
    Assistant Dean for Cancer Research
    Co-Leader, Discovery & Developmental Therapeutics Program
    Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
    Atlanta, Georgia

Guest Faculty

Coming soon!

Winship Cancer Institute and Emory University Faculty

Coming soon!


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

  • 5.00 PM – 6.30 PM Attendee & Exhibitor Check-In/Exhibit Set Up

Thursday, July 26 – Saturday, July 28, 2018

  • 7.30 AM – 3.00 PM Scientific Sessions (Breakfast & Lunch Included)

Sunday, July 29, 2018

  • 7.30 AM – 11.00 AM Scientific Sessions (Breakfast Included)


Thursday, July 26, 2018

  • 6.00 PM – 8.00 PM Family Dinner: Seafood Buffet

Saturday, July 28, 2018

  • 5.00 PM – 6.30 PM Closing reception

*Full agenda coming soon!


We’re excited to let you know that hotel reservation requests are available online this year, during your registration process!

Accommodation Options

The Cloister Main Building and Wings
Cloister Gardenview Room $465 per night
Cloister Riverview Room $499 per night
Main Building 1 BR Suite – King only $499 per night
The Beach Club and Ocean Residences
Beach Club Room $499 per night
Beach Club 1 BR Suite $575 per night
The Lodge at Sea Island $425 per night
The Inn at Sea Island $225 per night

Taxes and Fees

Nightly rate is subject to a 2.25% infrastructure fee, and applicable taxes, currently 7% sales tax, 5% room tax, and a $5.00 state lodging tax.


Your credit card will be charged by the hotel for 2 nights stay as a deposit. This amount will be refundable until June 1.

Reservation Confirmations and Changes

You will receive a confirmation email from the hotel once the transaction has been completed. Please allow 48 business hours for the reservations to be processed and the confirmation to be sent. Any changes or additional requests (with the exception of cancellations) should be made by returning to your registration to modify it online. If you have any question about this process, please email and cc .


All cancellation requests must be in writing, and sent to . Cancellations between June 1 (the hotel cut-off date) and July 15 will only be refunded if the room can be resold. No hotel room deposits will be refunded after July 15, 2018.

The Inn at Sea Island

Inn at Sea Island rate includes breakfast and access to private Sea Island facilities, with the exception of The Beach Club. Access to The Beach Club (with the exception of attending group events) is an additional $75 per adult/$50 per child, per night.


Valet parking is available to all overnight guests for a charge of $20 (discounted from $25 for the group) per night. Valet parking is required for guests staying in The Cloister Main Building. Self-parking is available to overnight guests staying at The Beach Club, Ocean Residences, and The Lodge, for a charge of $15.00 per night (discounted from $20 for the group). Parking at The Inn at Sea Island is complimentary.


Complimentary shuttles are available between The Cloister, The Lodge, and The Inn at Sea Island. The shuttles run from 7.00 AM to 11.00 PM, leaving on the hour and the half hour.

Services and Activities

A 10% discount on spa services and a 20% discount on golf is available to Debates and Didactics group guests. Bingo schedule (around the meeting dates): July 20th at 9.00 PM; July 24th at 5.30 PM and 9.00 PM; July 31st at 5.30 PM and 9.00 PM; August 2nd at 9.00 PM. Card sales begin 1 hour before start time. See the Sea Island website for dress code policy. Reservations for all services and activities can be made by visiting www.seaisland.com or calling 855.572.4975.

Exhibitor Package

The exhibit fee will allow one 6’ exhibit table and complimentary registration, including meals, for two company representatives for all four days of the conference. Additional company representatives may register separately. Exhibit set up will be on Wednesday evening and should remain in place for the duration of the meeting. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the exhibits during breakfast each morning, at the morning breaks, and before and after the lunch session.

Standard Exhibit Fee: $5000
Premier Placement Exhibit Fee: $7500
Additional representatives may attend for $1000 a person ($1200 after May 1)


The name and email addresses of both representatives attending are required fields for the online registration process. Payment can be made by check or online by credit card.

PLEASE NOTE: If you choose to pay online via credit card, you will incur a 4% processing fee.

For payment by check, please make checks payable to prIME Oncology, LLC
Tax ID # 20-5392799 for the designated amount and send by overnight mail to:

prIME Oncology
5901 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd
Building C, Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 30328
Attention: Lisa Willey - DDHO

Download Forms

Please download the necessary forms, complete them, and return to Lisa Willey by email at Lisa.Willey@prIMEoncology.org.

Exhibit Request Letter
LOA – Premier Exhibit
LOA – Standard Exhibit


50% of the registration fee is refundable through May 25, 2018. Substitutions will be accepted up to one week prior to the meeting date with written notice.

Cancellation Fee Hotel Rooms

Cancellations between June 1 (the hotel cut-off date) and July 15 will only be refunded if the room can be resold. No hotel room fees will be refunded after July 15, 2018.

prIME Oncology does not accept responsibility for reimbursement of travel, accommodation or any other costs incurred by registrants in the rare event that this meeting should be canceled for any reason. Every effort will be made to give reasonable notice in the event of cancellation. The event agenda is subject to change without notice.

For additional information contact Jaye Harden, , or 678.892.1353.