2020 Neuro-Oncology Symposium

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 We hope to be able to reschedule the event and appreciate your patience as we work out all of the details.

Neuro Onc 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. 

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  • WHEN: April 6th - April 7th, 2020
  • WHERE:  Cancer & Cardiovascular Research Center, 2231 6th St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • HIGHLIGHTED SPEAKERS:
    • Suzie Baker, PhD, St Jude Children's Research Hospital
    • Renee Chambers, DVM, MD, University of Alabama, Birmingham
    • Michael Graner, PhD, University of Colorado
    • Marcel Kool, PhD, Hopp Children's Cancer Center
    • Valerie Weaver, PhD, Center for Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration
    • Forest White, PhD, MIT
    • Find out more about our invited speakers

Event Details

This two day event will feature presentations about Fundamental Brain Tumor Science, Translational Research, and Clinical Trials from leading brain cancer experts. This symposium will be of interest to researchers and students as well as physicians and other health care providers. 

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. 

IEM Innovation Week

This symposium is taking place alongside several other innovative events geared towards bringing together engineering and medicine, sponsored by the UMN Institute for Engineering in Medicine. Fine out more about these events at https://www.iem.umn.edu/conferences-and-meetings

Presented in Partnership With:

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

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

Registration Fees

Registration Fees

  • Regular Registration
    • Early Registration (available until February 29): $200
    • Late Registration (March 1 - April 7): $250
  • Student/Resident/Fellow: $75
  • Patient/Caregiver*: $0.00 - Complimentary registration has been provided thanks to support from the American Brain Tumor Association. Please register on the ABTA website (link to be added in early 2020. Click here to be notified via email once the patient/caregiver registration is open.)

Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch on both days. 

Parking & Hotels

Parking & Hotels

Parking

Parking ramps, surface lots, and parking meters are available at your expense. The Maroon Lot and the Victory Lot are the closest public parking lots. They have a daily parking rate of $5. For those arriving by public transportation, we are close to the Stadium Village MetroTransit stop
See a map of nearby parking. 

Hotel Accomodations

Overnight accomodations are not included with registration. There are several hotels located nearby and can be contacted directly for reservations: Days Hotel by Wyndham University Ave SE (612-254-6418), Graduate Minneapolis (612-379-8888), DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis-University Area (612-504-3000), Hampton Inn & Suites Minneapolis University Area (612-259-8797), University Inn (612-746-1300).

General Schedule

General Schedule

Monday, April 6, 2020
7:30 AM - Registration and Breakfast
8:10 AM - Welcome and Announcements by David Largaespada, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
 
Session Chair:  David Largaespada, PhD
 
8:15 AM - The Glycocalyx Forces GBM Aggression by Valerie Weaver, PhD, Director of the Center for Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration, University of California - San Francisco
9:15 AM - Drug Distribution, Efficacy, and Tumor Cell Response in Brain Tumors by Forest White, PhD, Professor of Biological Engineering, MIT, Cambridge, MA
10:15 AM - Break
10:30 AM - Harnessing Virus-Specific T Cells for Tumor Therapy by Pamela Rosato, PhD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
11:00 AM - The Role of Histone Mutations in Pediatric High-Grade Glioma by James Robinson, PhD, Assistant Professor, The Hormel Institute, Austin, MN
11:30 AM - Lunch

Session Chair: Michael Olin, PhD
 
12:10 PM - Announcements by Michael Olin, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
12:15 PM - Pediatric High-Grade Glioma: Cancer at the Crossroads of Development and Epigenetics by Suzie Baker, PhD, Director, Division of Brain Tumor Research, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
1:15 PM - Trouble Inside and Out: Glioma Exosomes Altering Signaling, Metabolism, and Extracellular Environment of Normal Brain Cells by Michael Graner, PhD, Associate Professor, Neurosurgery, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO
2:15 PM - Break
2:30 PM Brain Tumor Therapies - Where Have We Gone Wrong? by Jann Sarkaria, MD, Professor, Radiation Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
3:30 PM - The Revolution in Molecular Diagnostics for Human Brain Tumors by Andrew Venteicher, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota 
4:00 PM - Flash Talks (from selected abstract submissions)
4:30 PM - Poster Session and Reception
 
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
7:30 AM - Registration and Breakfast
 
Session Chair: Elizabeth Neil, MD
 
8:10 AM - Welcome and Announcements by Elizabeth Neil, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
8:15 AM - Molecular Classification and Characterization of Pediatric Brain Tumors by Marcel Kool, PhD, Group leader Division of Pediatric Neurooncology, Hopp Children's Cancer Center, Heidelberg, Germany
9:15 AM - "CANINE" CANine ImmuNEurotherapeutics: A comparative Genomics, Oncology and Immunotherapy Consortium by M.R. Chambers, DVM, MD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham
10:15 AM - Break
10:30 AM - Advances in Brain Tumor Imaging: Current Clinical Utilization and Future Applications by Christopher Wilke, MD, PhD, Radiation Oncologist, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Minnesota
11:30 AM - Patient Stories
12:00 PM - Lunch
12:45 PM - Travel to Rec Center
1:00 PM - Bodystorming located in the Rec Center (123 Harvard St SE) Beacon Room

Poster Session Abstract Submission

Poster Session Abstract Submission

Abstract submissions are closed as of February 7, 2020. Information on presenting posters and flash talks will be available in March.
 
Selected abstracts will be given a 5-minute flash talk during the Symposium.

Scientific Program

Scientific Program

Program Overview

  • The Scientific 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 and world will discuss current advances in neuro-oncology research. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with patients, families, caregivers, and community members.
  • Session topics: Fundamental Brain Tumor Science, Translational Research, Clinical Trials
  • All attendees are welcome to attend these sessions; however, please note that there will be more technical jargon in these talks.

Preliminary Program

Patient/Caregiver Program

Patient/Caregiver Program

Register for the 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 researcher 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

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
 
7:30 AM - Registration and Breakfast
8:00 AM - Welcome & Introductions
8:15 AM - About ABTA
8:30 AM - Exhibitor Lightning Round
8:45 AM - Brain Tumor Board
9:30 AM - Basic Research Panel
10:15 AM - Break & Exhibitor Visits
10:30 AM - Relationships, Intimacy & Sexual Health
11:15 AM - Living with a Brain Tumor: Patient & Caregiver Panel
12:00 PM - Closing Remarks
12:15 PM - Lunch & Bodystorming Session
Additional details coming soon.

Sponsors

Sponsors

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

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If you are interested in learning about our sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at braintumor@umn.edu