2018 Neuro-Oncology Symposium

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.     


The UMBTP will host 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 Clinic--Scottsdale
    • Michael Vogelbaum, MD, PhD, Cleveland Clinic
    • Noriyuki Kasahara, MD, PhD, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
    • Craig Horbinski, MD, PhD, Northwestern University
    • Sanjay Kumar, MD, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Event Details

This two day event will feature presentations about genetics, immunotherapy/emerging therapies, blood brain barrier and physics & modeling from leading brain cancer experts. This symposium will be of interest to researchers and students as well as physicans and other health care providiers.

We will also be hosting a concurrent program tailored specifically for patients/caregivers on the second day of the conference, in partnership with the American Brain Tumor Association. Attendees are welcome to attend presentations in both programs. 

Exciting New Session

Join us for an interactive Bodystorming presentation over lunch on the second day! Find out more about this method of investigating hypothesis through dance on 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

This event would not be possible without our wonderful sponsors. View our current sponsors

Registration Fees

Registration Fees

  • Early Registration (available until March 31)--
    • Regular Attendance: $150
    • Student/Resident/Fellow: $75
  • Late Registration (April 1 - May 7)--
    • Regular Attendance: $175
    • Student/Resident/Fellow: $95
  • Patient/Caregiver*: $0.00 - Complimentary registration has been provided thanks to support from the American Brain Tumor Association (this does not include Monday evening dinner)
  • Patient/Caregiver*: $35.00

Parking & Hotels

Parking & Hotels


Parking ramps, surface lots, and parking meters are available at your expense. The University Avenue Ramp is adjacent to Mcnamara. Other nearby parking ramps are the Washington Avenue Ramp as well as the Oak Street Ramp . More information about parking and directions can be found on the McNamara website .

Hotel Accomodations

Overnight accomodations are not included with registration. The Graduate Minneapolis and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis-University are located nearby and can be contacted directly for reservations. The Commons Hotel is connected to McNamara and the phone number is 612-379-8888. The DoubleTree phone number is 612-504-3000.

General Schedule

General Schedule

Monday, May 7, 2018

Morning and afternoon provider/researcher sessions, Memorial Hall
Poster session and reception in the afternoon, Johnson Great Room
Dinner and keynote presentation in the evening, Memorial Hall

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Morning and afternoon providers/researchers sessions, Memorial Hall
Morning and afternoon patients/caregivers sessions, Johnson Great Room

Poster Session Abstract Submission

Poster Session Abstract Submission

Abstract Guidelines

Submit your abstract through the online Google Form below in order to be considered for the Monday afternoon poster session. Abstracts must be submitted as a 1-page maximum Word document, font type Arial size 11, with poster title and all authors included. The presenting author should be underlined. 

Submit your Abstract Here


Deadline for poster abstract submissions is April 6th, 2018.

Selected abstracts will be notified by April 13th, 2018. 

Provider/Researcher Program

Provider/Researcher Program

Program Overview

  • The Researcher/Provider Program is designed for researchers, clinicians, students, and trainees with an interest in neuro-oncology. However, everyone is welcome to attend
  • Experts from the University of Minnesota and around the country will discuss current advances in neuro-oncology research. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with patients, families, caregivers, and community members
  • Sessions topics: Genetics, Physics & Modeling, Emerging Therapies, Blood Brain Barrier
  • All attendees are welcome to attend these sessions; however, please note that there will be more technical jargon in these talks

Preliminary Program

PDF icon provider_researcher_formal_symposium_schedule_2018.pdf

Patient/Caregiver Program

Patient/Caregiver Program

Program Overview

  • The Patient/Caregiver Program is designed for patients, families, caregivers, and community members with an interest in neuro-oncology.
  • Participants have the opportunity to interact with leading researchers and providers in the field of neuro-oncology. This platform gives patients, families, caregivers, and community members the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the latest treatments and theories directly from those who develop and practice them.
  • All attendees are welcome to attend these sessions. These talks will be aimed for a general audience.

Preliminary Program

PDF icon patient_caregiver_formal_symposium_schedule_2018_final.pdf

Thank You to Our Sponsors

This event would not be possible without our wonderful sponsors. Thank you for your support!

Gold Level Sponsors:

  • Orbus logo  Orbus Therapeutics, Inc. 


  • BTFC Logo  Brains Together for a Cure 


  • Arbor Pharmaceuticals