Mayo Civic Center (Rochester, MN) Wednesday 9 - Saturday 12 October

Our 2019 Conference took place in Rochester (Minnesota USA) at the Mayo Civic Center.  The conference started on Wednesday 9 October with a Welcome Reception, followed by great keynote speakers.  We then had three full days of scientific sessions culminating in our now-famous Closing Dinner with prize giving on Saturday. We will have pictures loaded soon, keep checking back for updates. 

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the organizing committee, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the 12th International Oncolytic Virotherapy Conference (IOVC) will be held at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota from 9 October to 12 October, 2019. The 12th IOVC is made possible in part by generous support from the Mayo Clinic through the Helen C Levitt Funds.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first conference on Cytoreductive Cancer Therapy held at the Mayo Clinic Rochester in 1999, which gave rise to the regular IOVC meetings. Over the past 20 years, tremendous progress has been made in the development of tumor-selective oncolytic viruses.  Now, as we move into the era of deep sequencing, theranostics-guided therapies, and personalized medicine, we are seeing promising outcomes from novel approaches and combination studies.

IOVC is THE definitive oncolytic virus conference for fundamental and clinical scientists in academia and industry working across all aspects of the OV field. At this year’s conference, we look at successful approaches as well as barriers in oncolytic virotherapy. As in previous years, the program will start on the evening of 9 October, with keynote lectures and a welcome reception, followed by three full days of scientific presentations by invited speakers and proffered abstracts, ending on the evening of 12 October with a gala dinner. Registration fees for trainees/PhD students will be heavily subsidized and meals covered by generous funding support. Please register early and submit an abstract for consideration as the total number of registrants will be capped at 400. Abstracts will compete for various merit prizes and travel awards. We also welcome investors, the pharmaceutical industry, and service providers to join us at this IOVC conference as it promises to be the largest gathering of the best and brightest in the OV space today. Register early to avoid disappointment!

We look forward to welcoming you to Rochester, Minnesota in October 2019.

Kah-Whye Peng, Conference President

Welcome letter

Kah-Whye Peng, Mayo Clinic

John Beadle, PsiOxus Therapeutics
John Bell, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Ennio Chiocca, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard
Robert Coffin, Replimune
Kerry Fisher, University of Oxford
Eva Galanis, Mayo Clinic
Nori Kasahara, University of Miami
Martine Lamfers, Erasmus MC
Brian Lichty, McMaster University
Grant McFadden, Professor and Director, Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines, and Virotherapy (B-CIVV), Arizona State University, USA; Co-founder, OncoMyx Therapeutics; Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, OncoMyx Therapeutics
Alan Melcher, University of Leeds
Samuel Rabkin, Harvard Medical School
Stephen Russell, Mayo Clinic
Len Seymour, University of Oxford
David Stojdl, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Tomoki Todo, University of Tokyo

Glen Barber, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Chae-Ok Yun, Hanyang University
Valery Grdzelishvili, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Balveen Kaur, University of Texas, Houston
Jing Qing, AMGEN
Liang Deng, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Autumn Schulze, Mayo Clinic
Gabriella Campadelli Fiume, University of Bologna
Natasha Lapteva, Baylor College of Medicine
Dimitry Zamarin, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Lelia Delamarre, Genentech
Richard Vile, Mayo Clinic             
Hideki Kasuya, Nagoya University

Organising committee & Invited speakers


All registrations are discounted as early-bird registrations up to and including 31 July 2019. Payment for early bird invoices are due within 2 weeks of invoice date. Registration is in English, and the congress currency is USD $.

Payment by card (we use STRIPE as our card processing gateway) is preferred and will ensure your registration is activated immediately.

Abstracts can be submitted once your congress registration is complete; you will be able to submit your abstract as part of the congress registration process.


  early-bird (1/06/19-31/07/19) regular (01/08/18 - 09/10/19)
Student 250$ 250$
Academic 500$ 650$
Industry 850$ 1050$

Payment of your congress registration fee entitles you to the following**:

- Participation at all scientific sessions
- Access to poster exhibitions
- Congress bag and materials including Scientific Program Book
- Daily coffee breaks and lunches, welcome and closing / award ceremonies, networking dinner, breakfast as notified in the programme

We will refund registration fees as follows:

 - for cancellations received by 31 July: 90% refund
 - for cancellations received by 15 August: 70% refund
 - for cancellations received by 15 September: 25% refund
 - for cancellations received after this date: NO REFUND

Refund / cancellation requests must be sent in writing. Where possible, refunds will be processed within 5 days of receipt; however based on timing and conference workload, refunds may not be processed until after the conference.



More than 50% of the programme is dedicated to selected abstracts because we want to ensure that the best and most current research is presented. A large panel of international moderators reviews abstracts so that every abstract receives at least 3 reviewer scores.

Abstract submission guidelines: Make sure your abstract is in, on time and in the right format by following these simple steps:

1: The Deadline for abstract submission is 31 July 2019.

2: Your abstract should be no more than 250 words and should be in English.

3: Keep your title concise and informative and only use capital letters for the beginning of a sentence or an acronym/name. DO NOT USE CAPITAL LETTERS FOR YOUR ENTIRE TITLE.

4: List all authors’ name in full and it is compulsory to identify a presenting author. Please note the email address supplied when you submit your abstract will be used for all correspondence pertaining to the abstract.

5: Addresses should be in the following format: Group, Department/Institute, Organisation, Town/City, Postcode/Zip, Country

6: Do not include acknowledgements in your abstracts – these will be included in your word count.

7: Select the subject area that best fits your abstract as this is a guide for review allocation.

8: Please ensure that the email provided when submitting the abstract will still be valid when the abstract notification is emailed during September 2019.

Poster Guidelines
Posters should be made in a single size (dimensions TBC in acceptance email), portrait orientation. If your poster does not match these dimensions we cannot guarantee that it will fit the poster boards. Each poster will be allocated a number with your notification that you must bring with you.

What happens after you have submitted?
Your abstract will be sent for review and you will be notified of the outcome by email. Please note the notification email will be sent to the email given when you submitted your abstract. If you have not received notification by end of September please contact the IOVC Office.

PLEASE NOTE that all submitting authors will have to have read and agreed to the Abstract Submission Agreement prior to submission

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Registration information & abstract submission

The Mayo Civic Center is host to our 12th Conference; the hotels, social locations, and conference venue are all located within close proximity to one another so will allow for easy connections. 

See below for some high-level information, or check this local site for guidance on your journey.


If you are thinking of driving to the conference, please see here for drive and park information


The Rochester International Airport (RST) provides direct flights to Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Chicago, and connecting flights to more than 640 destinations. 

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is located 90 miles from Rochester.


Amtrak provides daily train service between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest. The train departs from the Amtrak depot in Winona, located about 45 miles east of Rochester. Daily bus/shuttle is available to and from the train depot on Carefree Shuttle.

Jefferson Bus Lines offers service from Rochester to many cities and it connects to Greyhound in Minneapolis.

Venue & how to get there

Please see below a handy map of all the different hotels (please click on the map to go to the live site)

Please direct any accommodation questions and issues straight to the hotels, as IOVC does not manage any of the accommodation for the conference delegates. If you require nights outside of what is offered, please do speak to the hotel - they will be able to help you further. 

The below rates are ROOM ONLY (breakfast is available at the conference venue each morning), and subject to local sales tax.

Kahler Inn & Suites
Standard 2 Queens - $129

Click below for more info on the hotel:
Kahler Inn & Suites

Click below to book as part of the IOVC19 
2019 Intl Oncolytic Virus Conf 

Hotel details
9 3rd Ave NW
Rochester, Minnesota, 55901
Tel # 507-285-9200

Kahler Grand
Standard King / 2 Double - $119
Executive King - $169

Click below for more info on the hotel:
The Kahler Grand Hotel

Click below to book as part of the IOVC19
2019 Intl Oncolytic Virus Conf 

Hotel details
20 2nd Ave SW
Rochester, Minnesota, 55902
Tel # 507-280-6200 

DoubleTree by Hilton
Run of House - $208

Click below for more info on the hotel:
DoubleTree by Hilton HotelRochester

Click below to book as part of the IOVC19
IOVC Reservations web page
Group Code: IOV

Hotel details
150 South Broadway
Rochester, Minnesota, 55904
Tel # 507-281-8000

Hilton Garden Inn
Run of House - $172

Click below for more info on the hotel:
Hilton Garden Inn Rochester Downtown

Click below to book as part of the IOVC19
IOVC Reservations web page
Group Code: IOV

Hotel details
225 South Broadway
Rochester, Minnesota, 55904
# 507-285-1234

Standard King - $229

Click below for more info on the hotel:
Rochester Marriott Mayo Clinic Area

Click below to book as part of the IOVC19
IOVC Reservations web page

Hotel details
101 First Avenue SW
Rochester, Minnesota, 55902
Tel # 507-280-6000



Guide for sponsors and exhibitors

Thank you for your valued support of our meeting! 

If you are not yet signed up as a sponsor of the meeting, please have a look at our sponsor and exhibitor pack. To discuss the best sponsor package, or for questions about sponsorship or exhibiting at the congress, please contact the IOVC Office. You can see stats from the previous conference here

As a current sponsor or exhibitor of our congress, you are entitled to a number of free registrations to the congress as well as reduced fees for additional members of your team, please see your contract for confirmation of amount of free registrations, and your invoice for the discount code to use for the free and discounted registrations. 

Exhibitor Pack

An exhibitor pack with full details on the venue and shipping, as well as any other important information you will need to prepare for your attendance at the Rochester conference will be available here during the summer.

Sponsor information

The Welcome Reception & Dinner, Conference Dinner, and Farewell Dinner & Dance are included in your congress registration.

WELCOME RECEPTION & DINNER - Wednesday 9 October

We will open our 2019 Conference with a cocktail party at the Civic Center this will be a good opportunity to catch up with old friends this  casual evening culminating in our IOVC19 keynote speeches. 

CONFERENCE DINNER - Thursday 10 October

The second Networking social and dinner will be  in the Mayo Clinic's premises which house its world-renowned Healthy Living Program, another opportunity for more catch up but also some exercise and advice on healthy living.


"The Mayo Clinic Healthy Living program provides transformative healthy lifestyle experiences for Mayo Clinic patients, Rochester visitors and the community. Developed and delivered by Mayo Clinic experts, this experiential program is science-based, outcomes-focused, and centered around three domains – nutrition, physical activity, resiliency and weight loss. Offerings ranging from half an hour to multiples days, The Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program model successfully combines the personalized, immersive experience of working with experts in a state-of-the-art wellness facility with follow-up support to help individuals stay on track."


FAREWELL DINNER & DANCE - Saturday 12 October

Our closing dinners are always fantastic fun, a great way for everyone to close off the conference amongst colleagues and friends, old and new! We will also be announcing the award winners during the dinner. 

The dinner will be organised at the Landow Atrium in the Gonda building with as always wonderful world food and entertainment.


Social program