2022 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.

We are excited to announce that we will be holding the 6th Neuro-Oncology Symposium in Minneapolis, MN in May of 2022. More information will be posted in the coming months.

This two day virtual 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. Please reach out to braintumor@umn.edu with any questions.

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Agenda 2021

Session One: Fundamental Brain Tumor Science

8:00 AM - 8:10 AM

Welcome & Announcements
David Largaespada, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


8:10 AM – 8:55 AM


Drug Distribution, Efficacy, and Tumor Cell Response in Brain Tumors
Forest White, PhD
Professor of Biological Engineering
MIT, Cambridge, MA

9:00 AM – 9:20 AM

The Role of Histone Mutations in Pediatric High-Grade Glioma
James Robinson, PhD
Assistant Professor
The Hormel Institute, Austin, MN

9:20 AM - 9:30 AM Break
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Forcing Glioma Aggression and Recurrence
Valerie Weaver, PhD
Director of the Center for Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration
University of California - San Francisco

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM Break Out Rooms for Discussion with Speakers
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Dave Odde, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Carl Flink
Professor of Dance
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM Lunch / Break

Session Two: Translational Research

12:10 PM - 12:15 PM

Michael Olin, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

KEYNOTE - Dr. John Ohlfest Memorial Lecture: Pediatric High-Grade Glioma: Cancer at the Crossroads of Development and Epigenetics
Suzanne Baker, PhD
Director, Division of Brain Tumor Research
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Trouble Inside and Out: Glioma Exosomes Alter Signaling, Metabolism, and Extracellular Environment of Normal Brain Cells
Michael Graner, PhD
Associate Professor, Neurosurgery
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM Break
2:30 PM - 3:25 PM

Brian Tumor Therapies - Where Have We Gone Wrong?
Jann Sarkaria, MD
Professor, Radiation Oncology
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

The Revolution in Molecular Diagnostics for Human Brain Tumors
Andrew Venteicher, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Selected Abstracts for Oral Presentation
"Investigating the role of
NF1 haploinsufficient fibroblasts in Neurofibromatosis Type 1-associated cutaneous neurofibromas," presented by Sara Osum, DVM, PhD

“Characterizing the Immunologic Context of Pediatric Brain Tumors,” presented by Robert Galvin, MD

“Directing T cells using Chemically Self-Assembling Nanorings (CSANs) to target brain tumors overexpressing EGFR & B7H3 antigens,” presented by Ellie Mews, PhD Candidate

“Modeling the development of malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors using induced pluripotent stem cells,” presented by Garrett Draper, PhD Candidate

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Virtual Poster Session

Session Three: Clinical Research

8:00 AM - 8:10 AM

Welcome & Announcements
Elizabeth Neil, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

8:10 AM - 8:40 AM Courtney Burnett, MD (Patient Story)
8:45 AM - 9:05 AM

Advances in Brain Tumor Imaging: Current Clinical Utilization and Future Applications
Christopher Wilke, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

9:05 AM – 9:15 AM Break
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Molecular Classification and Characterization of Pediatric Brain Tumors
Marcel Kool, PhD
Groupleader Division of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology
Hopp Children’s Cancer Center, Heidelberg, Germany

10:05 AM – 10:50 AM

“CANINE” CANine ImmuNEurotherapeutics: A Comparative Genomics, Oncology and Immunotherapy Consortium
M.R. Chambers, DVM, MD
Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
University of Alabama at Birmingham

10:55 AM – 11:25 AM Break Out Rooms for Discussion with Speakers

Abstract Submissions

Call for Virtual Poster and Oral Presentation Abstracts (Submissions due 4/2/2021 by 4 pm)

All abstracts will be considered for both oral and virtual posters presentations unless otherwise noted on the cover page of the application. Authors will be informed by April 19th on which format they will present their research in for the Neuro-Oncology Symposium. Abstract submissions should be sent to braintumor@umn.edu .

Who can submit an abstract? 
Students and trainees of any level are welcome to submit an abstract. All submitted abstracts will have the opportunity to be presented during the symposium's virtual poster session. The top three scoring abstracts will be selected to give a 10 minute oral presentation.

Guidelines for the Submission of Abstracts: 

  1. A cover page that includes your name, abstract title, abstract short title (no more than 29 characters including spaces) authors, research mentor, and mentor’s division/department.
  2. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words (this does not include cover page, title, authors, etc.) 
  3. Abstracts can also include up to 1 figure or 1 table 
  4. Your cover page and abstract must be submitted as a single PDF file (single spaced, Arial font size 11) 
  5. A headshot for program material (jpeg file, separate from the abstract)  
  6. Instructions for virtual poster layout will be sent at a later date

**Submission of an abstract does not equate to registering for the event.**

A downloadable version of this information can be found here.