Thursday, October 5, 2017

Aloft Hotel Boston Seaport
401-403 D Street, Boston, MA

Scientific Summit 7:30 AM – 5 PM
Community Reception and Awards Dinner 5 PM – 8:45 PM

The National Brain Tumor 2017 Scientific Summit begins with a highly interactive day, bringing together renowned leaders from all aspects of the brain tumor field to engage in robust, problem-solving dialog. Together we will address the critical challenges and opportunities for advancing brain tumor research, share progress, explore emerging opportunities and challenges, and build strong and diverse partnerships to fast-track new discoveries toward treatments and a cure.

After this engaging day of scientific discussion, conversations and opportunities to learn and connect continue when members of the brain tumor patient, caregiver, and advocacy community, join with researchers, industry professionals, other like-minded non-profits, and NBTS staff and board, at our Community Reception, Poster Session, and Exhibits—followed by a very special Awards Dinner.

For more information, please contact Amanda Bates at or 516.632.8880.

National Brain Tumor Society 2017 Scientific Summit Agenda

7:30 – 8:00AM

8:00 – 9:00AM
Welcome and Keynote with Dr. Bradley Bernstein

9:00AM – 12:15PM: Morning Sessions
These sessions tackle some of the critical areas impeding progress and that the field is attempting to deal with as a whole. Based on accomplishments and where we are heading next, these challenges demand new, collaborative thinking.

  • Session 1 — Tackling Adversity: Heterogeneity and Tumor Evolution
    Drs. Joseph Costello, Bradley Bernstein, Webster Cavenee, Kristin Swanson
  • Session 2 — Tackling Adversity: Signaling and Tumor Metabolism
    Drs. Paul Mischel, Ingo Mellinghoff, Sriram Venneti


1:00 – 4:15 PM: Afternoon Sessions
The afternoon sessions look at some of the most promising areas of research to address unmet needs in neuro-oncology. Together we will discuss where the real opportunities and challenges lie and what we need to do next.

  • Session 3 — Maximizing Opportunities: Therapeutic Strategies and Blood-Brain Barrier
    Drs. Patrick Wen, Howard Fine, Alan Olivero, Kathy Warren
  • Session 4 — Maximizing Opportunities: Immune System and Immunotherapy
    Drs. David Reardon, Michael Lim, Cassian Yee

4:15 – 5:00PM: Wrap-up with Dr. Webster Cavenee and Closing

5:00 – 6:30PM: Community Reception with Scientific Posters and Exhibits
Attendees of the Scientific Sessions join with patients, families, staff, and board to share experiences and knowledge, and learn from one another.
Scientific Poster Presenters: Defeat GBM – Drs. Frank Furnari, John de Groot/Erik Sulman, Ingo Mellinghoff, Paul Mischel/Tim Cloughesy; Low-Grade Gliomas – Drs. Daniel Brat, Samuel Cheshier, Elizabeth Claus, Robert Jenkins, Roel Verhaak; Pediatrics – Dr. Mike Prados

6:30 – 8:45PM: Achievement Awards and Celebratory Dinner
Join us to learn about the impact NBTS is making today and the plans for tomorrow. Celebrate in recognizing outstanding volunteers and leaders in the field:

  • Advocate of the Year – Patti and Ron Gauvin
  • Community Leadership Award for Volunteerism – Michael Wenger
  • Community Leadership Award for a Colleague Organization – Society of Neuro-Oncology (SNO)
  • Feldman Founder’s Award – Dr. G. Yancey Gillespie, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Ross Founder’s Award – Dr. Michael Prados, University of California, San Francisco