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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

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. 

4th Neuro-Oncology Symposium

4th Neuro-Oncology Symposium

The UMBTP will host the 4th Minnesota Neuro-Oncology Symposium in the spring of 2018. More information will be added once the details are finalized.

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 are excited to highlight progress from the University of Minnesota Brain Tumor Program as part of our 10th Anniversary since the program was created.

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 picture


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.
CCRB Room 3-150

Upcoming Data Club Presentations

Upcoming Data Club Presentations

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

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

September 7, 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

October 12, 2017

Title TBD, presented by Clark Chen, MD, PhD, Department of Neurosurgery Chair, University of Minnesota

November 9, 2017

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

Past Data Club Presentations

Past Data Club Presentations

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.

Humor To Fight The Tumor Annual Gala

Humor To Fight The Tumor Annual Gala

Humor to Fight the Tumor Save the Date: September 9, 2017 6pm

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 $3.1 million to aid in the fight against brain tumors.

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

Join our "University of Minnesota Brain Tumor Program" team at the ABTA's BT5K this fall at Lake Como, Saturday, October 14, 2017. Registration is already open! 

Join our team and find out more on the BT5K website.

Step Up for NF Walk with NF Upper Midwest

Step Up for NF Walk with NF Upper Midwest

Thank you for everyone who attended the Step Up for NF Walk on Saturday, June 17, 2017. There was a great turnout and beautiful weather.

Learn more about work being done by NF Upper Midwest as well as other events on their website.