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Brain Tumor Program Events

  • We have hosted three national level neuro-oncology symposia
  • We have hosted or co-hosted numerous regional meetings focused on neurofibromatosis
  • We have a monthly "data club" for ongoing research updates by TWG members
  • We frequently participate in philanthropic events related to brain tumor research and awareness

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Neuro-Oncology Symposia

The mission of the Neuro-Oncology Symposium is to educate researchers, clinicians, students, trainees, patients, caregivers, and community members on current and developing therapies for brain and nervous system tumors. 

2020 Neuro-Oncology Symposium

2020 Neuro-Oncology Symposium

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Planning is currently underway for the 5th Neuro-Oncology Symposium: Innovation on the Mind to be held April 6-8, 2020 on the University of Minnesota campus. 

Program information and registration details will be added soon. Want more updates? Join our email list to find out as soon as registration is open.

2020 Neuro-Oncology Symposium Info

2018 Neuro-Oncology Symposium

2018 Neuro-Oncology Symposium

The UMBTP hosted the 4th Minnesota Neuro-Oncology Symposium in the spring of 2018. 

  • WHEN: May 7th - May 8th, 2018
  • WHERE: McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
  • Highlighted Speakers:
    • Annie Huang, MD, University of Toronto
    • Frederick Lang, MD, FACS, FAANS, MD Anderson
    • Andre Levchenko, PhD, Yale
    • Kristin Swanson, PhD, Mayo Scottsdale
    • Michael Vogelbaum, MD, PhD, Cleveland Clinic

The mission of the Symposium is to educate researchers, clinicians, students, trainees, patients, caregivers, and community members on current and developing therapies for brain and nervous system tumors. 

We highlighted progress from the University of Minnesota Brain Tumor Program as part of our 10th Anniversary celebrations. We also incorporated a Bodystorming session at this event. For more information on BodyStorming, check out this article and video by David Odde on TedMed.com

Presented in Partnership With:

Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota Health
American Brain Tumor Association

2016 Neuro-Oncology Symposium

2016 Neuro-Oncology Symposium

Neuro-Oncology Flier
Session Questions

Session Questions

Michael Olin presentation

Michael Olin Presentation

Chris Moertel Presentation

Chris Moertel Presentation

Poster Session

Poster Session

David Largaespada and guest at the reception

Reception

Reception picture

Reception

Sponsor list

Data & Journal Club

Describing a posterThe UMBTP hosts a monthly Data & Journal Club - giving investigators and students the opportunity to share data, experimental designs, and relevant publications that spur innovative ideas and collaborations.

2nd Thursdays of the month
9-10 a.m.
MRF Room 1-101

Upcoming Data Club Presentations

Upcoming Data Club Presentations

November 14, 2019

"Modeling the Concentration-Effect Relationship of Radiation Sensitizers in Treating Brain Tumors", presented by Katelyn Swanson, Undergraduate Student, Elmquist Lab, Department of Pharmaceutics.

Learn more about Ms. Swanson's research in the Elmquist Lab.

December 12, 2019

Title TBD, presented by Jian-Ping Wang, PhD, Director, SMART (Spintronic Materials for Advanced InfoRmation Technologies) Center.

Learn more about Dr. Wang's research.

January 9, 2020

Title TBD, presented by Kyle Williams, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Largaespada Lab.

Learn more about Dr. Williams's research in the Largaespada Lab.

February 13, 2020

Title TBD, presented by Malgorzata Marjanska, PhD, Associate Professor, CMRR (Center for Magnetic Resonance Research).

Learn more about Dr. Marjanska's research.

March 12, 2020

Title TBD, presented by Tomoyuki Koga, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery.

Past Data Club Presentations

Past Data Club Presentations

October 10, 2019

"The Epidemiology of Pediatric Brain Tumors", presented by Lindsay Williams, PhD, MPH, Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Epidemiology & Clinical Research, Department of Pediatrics.

September 12, 2019

"Dual Phase 18-FDG PET/CT in the Diagnosis of Primary and Metastatic Brain Tumors", presented by Can Özütemiz, MD, Radiology Fellow, Department of Radiology.

August 8, 2019

Undergraduate Presentations: "GAPDH as a potential marker for macrophage activation", presented by Andrew Janeiro, Olin Lab; "Drug studies in neuroblastoma cell lines", presented by Wilson Battle, Largaespada Lab.

July 18, 2019

"FOXR2 as a novel oncogene in human neural cancers", presented by Pauli Beckmann, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Largaespada Lab.

Learn more about Dr. Beckmann's research in the Largaespada lab.

June 13, 2019

"The genetically engineered minipig as a preclinical disease model of Neurofibromatosis Type 1 syndrome", presented by Sara Osum (Isakson), DVM, PhD Candidate, Largaespada Lab, Comparative and Molecular Biosciences Program.

Learn more about Dr. Osum's research in the Largaespada lab.

May 9, 2019

"Translational Studies for Pediatric and Adult Brain Tumors", presented by Okay Saydam, MSc, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery.

Learn more about Dr. Saydam's research.

April 11, 2019

"CNS delivery of radiosensitizing agents inhibiting ATR and DNA-PK repair mechanisms to improve therapy for brain tumors", presented by Surabhi Talele, Second Year PhD Student, Elmquist Lab, Department of Pharmaceutics.

Learn more about Ms. Talele's research in the Elmquist Lab.

March 14, 2019

"Systemic targeting of physical and genetic vulnerabilities in Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors (MPNST) and Neurofibromas", presented by Bryant Keller, Doctoral Candidate, Largaespada Lab, Department of Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology & Genetics.

Learn more about Mr. Keller's research in the Largaespada Lab.

February 14, 2019

"Characterizing mesenchymal-like and proneural-like gliomas in genetically engineered mouse models", presented by Brooke Braman, Researcher, Odde Lab.

Learn more about Ms. Braman's research in the Odde Lab.

January 10, 2019

"Transposon Mutagenesis and CRISPR/Cas9 Screening Reveal Pathways Driving Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors", presented by Germán Vélez Reyes, MD/PhD Candidate, Largaespada Lab.

Learn more about Mr. Reyes's research in the Largaespada Lab.

December 13, 2018

"Translational studies on glioblastoma: From DNA repair to chemoresistance", presented by Nurten Saydam, PhD, Senior Scientist, Department of Neurosurgery.

November 8, 2018

"'Decoy' probes to measure kinase activity in live cells", presented by Laurie Parker, PhD, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies BMBB Program, College of Biological Sciences.

Learn more about Dr. Parker's research.

October 11, 2018

"Tools to study molecular level mechanical forces", presented by Wendy Gordon, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics (BMBB); Division Director, Chemical and Structural Biology.

Learn more about Dr. Gordon's research.

September 13, 2018

"Clinical Update in Investigational Treatments for Glioblastoma", presented by Elizabeth Neil, MD, Neuro-Oncologist, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology.

Learn more about Dr. Neil's expertise and research.

August 9, 2018

"NF1 and Low Grade Glioma Clinical Update", presented by Christopher Moertel, MD, Medical Director, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology and Neurofibromatosis Programs, University of Minnesota

Learn more about Dr. Moertel's expertise and research

June 14, 2018

"Systemic targeting of physical and genetic vulnerabilities in Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors (MPNST) and Neurofibromas", presented by Bryant Keller, PhD Candidate, Largaespada Lab, MCDB&G (Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology & Genetics), University of Minnesota

Learn more about Mr. Keller's research in the Largaespda lab

April 12, 2018

"Pathophysiology of radiation-induced cognitive dysfunction", presented by Christopher Wilke, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Minnesota

Learn more about Dr. Wilke's experience and research

March 8, 2018

"Characterizing the CD200 Checkpoint Blockade", presented by Elisabet Ampudia-Mesias, PhD Candidate, Olin Lab, Comparative and Molecular Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota

February 8, 2018

"Modified Photodynamic Therapy for the Treatment of Deep Seated Brain Lesions: An Update", presented by Vijay Agarwal, MD, Clinical Faculty, Emory University Hospital

January 11, 2018

"Delivery of Novel Targeted Therapies for the Treatment of Brain Tumors", presented by Gautham Gampa, PhD Candidate, Elmquist Lab, Department of Pharmaceutics, University of Minnesota

Learn more about Mr. Gampa's research in the Elmquist lab

December 14, 2017

"Mouse Model of Pediatric Glioma", presented by James Robinson, PhD, Assistant Professor & Section Leader, Cell Signaling & Tumorigenesis, Hormel Institute

Learn more about Dr. Robinson's experience and research

November 9, 2017

Title TBD, presented by Ghaidan Shamsan, PhD Candidate, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Learn more about Mr. Shamsan's research in the Odde Laboratory

October 12, 2017

"Inhibition of microglial PI3Ky suppresses glioblastoma tumorigenicity by disrupting IL11-STAT3-MYC signaling", presented by Clark Chen, MD, PhD, Department of Neurosurgery Chair, University of Minnesota

Learn more about Dr. Chen's experience and research

September 14, 2017

"A porcine model of Neurofibromatosis Type I-associated nervous system tumors", presented by Sara Isakson, DVM, Graduate Student, CMB Program, Largaespada Lab

Learn more about Ms. Isakson's research in the Largaespada Laboratory

August 10, 2017

"Microtubule-based control of motor-clutch system mechanics in glioma cell migration", presented by Louis Prahl, PhD Candidate, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Learn more about Mr. Prahl's research in the Odde Laboratory

July 13, 2017

"Glioma Exosomes and Astrocytes: Conversion to the Dark Side", presented by Michael Graner, PhD, University of Colorado

Learn more about Dr. Graner's experience and research

June 8, 2017

"Modified Photodynamic Therapy for the Treatment of Malignant Gliomas: Lessons Learned in Business, Cancer, and Corruption", presented by Vijay Agarwal, MD, Neuro-Oncology Skull Base Fellow, Department of Neurosurgery, Mayo Clinic

May 11, 2017

"The NF2 Experience at the University of Minnesota--with an emphasis on bevacizumab", presented by Pavlina Sverak, a collaborator of Chris Moertel, MD, Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School

April 13, 2017

"Multi-targeted kinase inhibitors for GBM", presented by Janice Laramy, Research Assistant, Department of Pharmaceutics, Elmquist Lab

"MDM2 inhibitors for GBM", presented by Minjee Kim, Research Assistant, Department of Pharmaceutics, Elmquist Lab

March 9, 2017

"Targeted Drug Delivery to Tumor Cells Protected by the BBB" presented by William Elmquist, PharmD, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics

February 9, 2017

"Neurofibromatosis-like syndrome in endangered Houston toads (Anaxyrus houstonesis)" presented by Anibal Armien, DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVP, Professor of Veterinary Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine

Other Philanthropic Events

The Brain Tumor Program frequently participates in philanthropic events that support brain tumor research and awareness. These activies will be shared here as well as on our Facebook page.

Cupid's Undie Run

Cupid's Undie Run

Many thanks to everyone who joined or donated to the Brain Tumor Program team at the 2019 Cupid Undie Run!

Cupid's is a "brief" fun-run that takes place in the middle of a BIG party--all in benefit of Children's Tumor Foundation, and to #EndNF.

BTP Team

Learn more at Cupid's Undie Run website.

 

Humor To Fight The Tumor Annual Gala

Humor To Fight The Tumor Annual Gala

HTFT Logo

Humor To Fight the Tumor is one of the country's premier fundraising events benefiting those living with brain tumors and those researching more effective treatments. To date, the event has raised over $4 million to aid in the fight against brain tumors.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 event at the Depot in Minneapolis. We were honored to have one of our doctors, Dr. Elizabeth Neil, give a talk at the event.

Stay tuned for information on the 2020 event.

Find our more at Humor To Fight The Tumor website and be sure to follow their Facebook page.

BT5K with the American Brain Tumor Association

BT5K with the American Brain Tumor Association

BT5K Twin Cities LogoThanks to everyone who was able to attend and support the 2019 BT5k, hosted by ABTA. This was our 5th year participating in this event, and we had a great turnout, despite the wintery weather! 

 Brain Tumor Physicians and Researchers 2019 BTP Team

Stay tuned for information on the 2020 event. 

Find out more information on the BT5K website.