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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

Save the Date Flyer

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.

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

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 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.
MRF Room 1-101

Upcoming Data Club Presentations

Upcoming Data Club Presentations

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.

October 11, 2018

Title TBD, 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.

November 8, 2018

Title TBD, presented by Laurie Parker, PhD, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies BMBB Program, College of Biological Sciences.

Learn more about Dr. Parker's research.

Past Data Club Presentations

Past Data Club Presentations

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.

Humor To Fight The Tumor Annual Gala

Humor To Fight The Tumor Annual Gala


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.

Registration is now open for the 2019 event, which will be on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Depot in Minneapolis.

Register Now

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 LogoThe Brain Tumor Program and service line will have a tent again this year at the 2019 BT5k, hosted by ABTA. This will be our 5th year participating in this event, so we are looking forward to a great turnout. 

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Lake Como Regional Park, Saint Paul, MN


Find out more information on the BT5K website. 

 2018 BT5K group

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.