Thursday, July 25, 2019 – Friday, July 26, 2019

Young Investigators Forum in Neuro-Oncology

Building the Next Generation of Leaders in Neuro-Oncology

W Atlanta – Midtown
188 14th St NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30361

Submit Your Abstract Eligibility & Criteria

Expenses for accompanying travelers will not be provided. Guests are not permitted to attend any portion of the program, including buffet meals.


The Young Investigator Forum in Neuro-Oncology is a two-day certified continuing medical education activity. The Forum is specifically designed for US-based young investigators who are pursuing a career in academic research in neuro-oncology. The goals of the live meeting are to prepare the young investigators to succeed in translational, clinical, and basic science research related to neuro-oncology.

The meeting will feature an engaging agenda designed to meet the needs of the young investigator audience, with plenty of time for discussion and debate with the senior-investigator faculty, networking, small-group sessions, and separate breakout tracks for scientific and clinical researchers. Senior investigators will be highly engaged, and each will commit to being present for all activities throughout the two days.

The faculty-to-young-investigator ratio is low to encourage one-on-one interactions and networking. Young investigators each present their own research, for which they receive feedback and commentary. Additionally, selected attendees present cases offering treatment recommendations, and senior investigators weigh in with their opinions and feedback.

Attendees are selected through a competitive abstract process. Abstracts should be submitted by June 1, 2019, and candidates will be notified of the status of their applications by July 1, 2019.

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Meet the Faculty


Etty (Tika) Beneviste, PhD
David A. Reardon, MD

Planning Committee

Priscilla Brastianos, MD
Milan G. Chheda, MD
Eudocia Quant Lee, MD, MPH
Monica Venere, PhD


Suzanne J. Baker, PhD
Nicholas Butowski, MD
Maria G. Castro, PhD
Frank Furnari, PhD
Stuart Grossman, MD
Fabio M. Iwamoto, MD
Charles D. Stiles, PhD
Patrick Y. Wen, MD

Presentation Skills Speaker

Amy Stone

Meet the Young Investigators

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Young Investigators

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Paula Alcaide León, MD
Stephen J. Bagley, MD, MSCE
Leomar Ballester, MD, PhD
Defne Bayik, PhD
Debanjan Bhattacharya, PhD
Peiwen Chen, PhD
Nathan Dahl, MD
Luciano Galdieri, PhD
Jian Hu, PhD
J. Bryan Iorgulescu, MD
Sadhana Jackson, MD
Payal Jain, PhD
Tanner Johanns, MD, PhD
Harpreet Kaur, MSc, PhD
Tomoyuki Koga, MD, PhD
Giedre Krenciute, PhD
Erik Ladomersky, PhD
Bryan Li, MD
James Liu, MD
Yin Allison Liu, MD, PhD
Ashlee Loughan, PhD
Alireza Mansouri, MD, MSc
Braden McFarland, PhD
Shunichiro Miki, MD, PhD
Julie Miller, MD, PhD
Jason Miska, PhD
Subhas Mukherjee, PhD
Edjah Nduom, MD
Evan Noch, MD, PhD
Satoru Osuka, MD, PhD
Chirag Patel, MD, PhD
Sameer Farouk Sait, MD
Akanksha Sharma, MD
Daniel Silver, PhD
Pallavi Tiwari, PhD
Ahn N. Tran, PhD
Benjamin Umlauf, PhD
Dusten Unruh, PhD
Kyle Williams, PhD
Lijie Zhai, PhD


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   Submit Your Abstract

  Eligibility & Criteria

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - Arrivals

7.00 AM Registration and breakfast
7.45 AM Welcome and introduction
Expectations and goals
Intro ARS questions
Tika Benveniste, PhD, and David Reardon, MD
8:15 AM Presentation skills
Amy Stone
8:45 AM Q & A
9:00 AM Break
Session format: Young investigators will be divided into 2 groups. Each investigator has 5 minutes to present his/her research and will be critiqued on score sheets by an expert panel, followed by 5 minutes of feedback and questions from the faculty.
9:10 AM
First 10 of 20 presentations
10:50 AM Break
11:00 AM Last 10 of 20 presentations
12:40 PM Lunch

Small-group sessions focused on a particular topic. Two faculty per room. Topics will include:

  • Grant writing
  • Balancing quality of life and preventing career burnout
  • Navigating your early career trajectory
  • How to find the right mentor
1:30 PM Report to roundtables
1:40 PM Roundtable session #1
2:10 PM Switch roundtable sessions
2:20 PM Roundtable session #2
2:50 PM Break
3:00 PM Basic research update in neuro-oncology
Frank Furnari, PhD
3:30 PM Q & A
3:45 PM Clinical update in neuro-oncology
Stuart Grossman, MD
4:15 PM Q & A
4:30 PM Announcement of abstract presentation finalists
Tika Benveniste, PhD, and David Reardon, MD
4:45 PM Adjourn
Session format: Each faculty member will take 20-minute appointments for discussion with young investigators. Attendees will sign up for an appointment prior to the meeting; appointments are on a first come, first served basis.
7:00 PM Reception and dinner
7:00 AM Breakfast
7:45 AM Clinical update: Evolving clinical trial design principles in neuro-oncology
Patrick Y. Wen, MD
8:15 AM Q & A and discussion
8:30 AM Translational update: Mouse models currently in use for neuro-oncology research
Suzanne J. Baker, PhD
9:00 AM Q & A and discussion
9:15 AM Break
9:30 AM Top 5 abstract presentations (15 min each)
The previously selected top 5 Young Investigator presenters from Thursday will give a more detailed presentation

Small-group sessions focused on a particular topic. Two faculty per room. Topics for discussion include:

  • Dealing with difficult situations in the lab (ie, documenting disruptive personnel, protecting the lab)
  • Writing publications
  • Interaction with industry (including ad boards)
  • Clinical trial protocol development

11:00 AM Roundtable session #3
11:30 PM Roundtable switch
11:45 PM Roundtable session #4
12:15 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Future directions in neuro-oncology panel discussion
2:45 PM prIME Points™ and announcement of winners
Tika Benveniste, PhD, and David Reardon, MD
3:00 PM Adjourn

Target Audience

This activity is designed for neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and translational researchers (MD/DO/PhD) who have completed a fellowship within the past 5 years, and fellows (actively enrolled in a fellowship program) who are pursuing careers in neuro-oncology.

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe skills and strategies that will aid them in their chosen academic careers
  • Assess clinical trial design, endpoints, and rationale
  • Identify effective treatment options for patients with neurologic tumors based on disease and patient characteristics
  • Evaluate recent clinical trial findings that have the potential to impact practice in the field of neurologic tumors
  • Design basic research studies based on fundamental scientific principles to address potential novel strategies in the treatment of brain tumors

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