Conference Overview

The 5th International Central Nervous System Germ Cell Tumor Symposium will be held from June 7th-10th, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. With the generous support of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University, this year’s conference has confirmed presentations from virtually all of the world’s foremost physicians and scientists in the fields of epidemiology, cancer and developmental biology, management and treatment of central nervous system germ cell tumors. It is anticipated that a total of 200 physicians and scientists from across the globe will attend.

The conference is being chaired by Professor Jonathan Finlay, Director of Neuro-oncology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and co-chaired by Professor Jeffrey Leonard, Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Professor Arnab Chakravarti, Chair of Radiation Oncology and Neuro-oncology at The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center.

In addition to keynote addresses from leading authorities in aspects of basic, translational and innovative clinical research and management, there will be presentations selected from submitted abstracts, both in oral as well as in poster format. Young investigators are especially encouraged to submit innovative abstracts for presentation.

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Conference Objectives

  • Recognize the emerging and evolving understanding of the molecular biology, epidemiology, genetics, neurosurgical management, radiation oncology management and medical oncology management of patients with primary central nervous system germ cell tumors, as well as the late effects of these tumors and their treatment.
  • Develop basic, translational and clinical collaborations with other physicians and scientists participating in the symposium in order to accelerate progress in the management of patients with central nervous system germ cell tumors.

Planning Committee

Professor Jonathan Finlay
Professor Jonathan FinlayColumbus, Ohio
Conference Chair
<strong>Professor Jeffrey Leonard </strong>
Professor Jeffrey Leonard Columbus, Ohio
Conference Co-Chair
Professor Arnab Chakravarti
Professor Arnab ChakravartiColumbus, Ohio
Conference Co-Chair

Program

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, June 7, 2017; 07:00PM – 09:00PM

Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
Rooftop Terrace

Symposium attendees are invited to join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at a special welcome reception on Wednesday evening.

07:00AM | Breakfast

08:00AM | Welcome: Professor Jonathan Finlay

08:10AM | The Wyss Family Population and Molecular Epidemiology Session

Chairs

Professor Eric Bouffet (Toronto, Canada), Dr. Jill Barnholtz-Sloan (Cleveland, OH)

Keynote

Dr. Jill Barnholtz-Sloan (Cleveland, OH)

Wyss Family Distinguished Lecture

Keynote – Professor Ching Lau (Farmington, CT)

Genetic Predisposition to Germ Cell Cancer

Accepted Oral Presentations

09:15AM | Neurological Considerations

Chairs

Professor Steve Roach (Columbus, OH), Professor Roger Packer (Washington, DC)

Keynote

Professor David Walker (Nottingham, UK)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Professor Jeffrey Allen, (New York, NY)
Accepted Oral Presentations

10:00AM | Morning Coffee Break

10:30AM | Diagnostic Imaging

Chairs

Professor Marvin Nelson (Los Angeles, CA), Professor Jerome Rusin (Columbus, OH)

Keynote

Professor Andrew Peet (Birmingham, UK)

Accepted Oral Presentations

11:00AM | Neurosurgical Practice

Chairs

Professor Jeffrey Leonard (Columbus, OH), Professor Mark Souweidane (New York, NY)

Keynote

Professor Ryo Nishikawa (Saitama, Japan)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Professor Masao Matsutani (Saitama, Japan)
Accepted Oral Presentations

12:00PM | Lunch Break

01:00PM | Radiation Oncology Practice

Chairs

Professor Thomas Merchant (Memphis, TN),  Dr. Erin Murphy (Cleveland, OH)

Keynote

Professor Thomas Merchant (Memphis, TN)

Accepted Oral Presentations

03:30PM | Afternoon Tea/Ice Cream Break

04:30PM | Late Effects/Quality of Survival

Chairs

Professor Charles Sklar (New York, NY), Professor Stephen Sands (New York, NY)

Keynote

Professor Stephen Sands (New York, NY)

Keynote

Professor Charles Sklar (New York, NY)

Accepted Oral Presentations

05:30PM | Close

06:00PM | Gala Banquet

07:00AM | Breakfast

08:00AM | Therapeutics Overview

Chair

Professor Jonathan Finlay (Columbus, OH)

Keynote

Dr. Lindsay Frazier (Boston, MA)

08:40AM | Pure Central Nervous System Germinomas

Chairs

Professor James Nicholson (Cambridge, UK), Dr. Ute Bartels (Toronto, Canada), Dr. Soumen Khatua (Houston, TX)

Accepted Oral Presentations

10:00AM | Morning Coffee Break

10:30AM | Mixed Malignant Germ Cell Tumors

Chairs

Professor Gabriele Calaminus (Bonn, Germany), Professor Stewart Goldman (Chicago, IL), Dr. Girish Dhall (Los Angeles, CA)

Accepted Oral Presentations

12:00PM | Lunch Break

01:00PM | Teratoma, Mature & Immature

Chairs

Professor Tai-Tong Wong (Taipei, Taiwan), Dr. Andrea Cappellano (Sao Paolo, Brazil)

Accepted Oral Presentations

01:40PM | Recurrent CNS Germ Cell Tumors

Chairs

Professor Stewart Kellie (Sidney, Australia), Dr. Sharon Gardner (New York, NY), Dr. Jason Fangusaro (Chicago, IL)

Keynote

Dr. Darren Feldman (New York, NY)

Accepted Oral Presentations

02:30PM | Germ Cell Cancer Metastatic to the Central Nervous System

Chairs

Dr. Mark Ranalli (Columbus, OH), Professor Vinay Puduvalli (Columbus, OH)

Accepted Oral Presentations

03:30PM | Afternoon Tea/Ice Cream Break

04:00PM | Management of Central Nervous System Germ Cell Tumors in Developing Countries

Chairs

Professor Rakesh Jalali (Mumbai, India), Professor Zheng-Ping Chen (Guangzhou, China), Dr. Ibrahim Qaddoumi (Memphis, TN)

Keynote

Professor Rakesh Jalali (Mumbai, India)

Keynote

Professor Zheng-Ping Chen (Guangzhou, China)

Accepted Oral Presentations

05:00PM | Round Table Discussion & Open Forum: The Future Management of Central Nervous System Germ Cell Tumors – In Which Direction?

Chairs

Professor Jonathan Finlay (Columbus, OH), Professor Jeffrey Leonard (Columbus, OH)

Participants

Professor Mark Souweidane, Professor Thomas Merchant, Professor Ryo Nishikawa, Professor Rakesh Jalali, Professor Tai-Tong Wong, Professor Eric Bouffet, Professor Gabriele Calaminus, Professor Jeffrey Allen, Professor Masao Matsutani.

06:00PM | Close – Evening Free for Registrants

Professor Jonathan Finlay (Columbus, OH), Professor Gabriele Calaminus (Bonn, Germany)

01:00PM | Conference Closure

07:00AM | Breakfast

08:00AM | Developmental Biology of Germ Cell Tumors

Chairs

Dr. Koichi Ichimura (Tokyo, Japan), Professor Azim Surani (Cambridge, UK)

Keynote

Dr. Koichi Ichimura (Tokyo, Japan)

Keynote

Professor Azim Surani (Cambridge, UK)

Accepted Oral Presentations

10:00AM | Morning Coffee Break

10:30AM | Pathology and Molecular Biology of Central Nervous System Germ Cell Tumors

Chairs

Dr. Matthew Murray (Cambridge, UK), Professor Ching Lau (Houston, TX)

Keynote

Dr. James Amatruda (Dallas, TX)

Keynote

Professor Bette Kleinschmidt-DeMasters (Denver, CO)

Keynote

Professor Elaine Mardis (Columbus, OH)

Accepted Oral Presentations

12:30PM | Closing Remarks

Professor Jonathan Finlay (Columbus, OH), Professor Gabriele Calaminus (Bonn, Germany)

01:00PM | Conference Closure

Saturday, June 10th 2017

07:00AM | Breakfast

Mini-Symposium Chairs

Professor Charles Sklar (New York, NY) & Professor Jeffrey Leonard (Columbus, OH)

08:00AM | Introduction & Overview of Long-Term Survivorship
Dr. Saro Armenian (Los Angeles, CA)

08:30AM | Genetic Counseling for Childhood CNS Germ Cell Tumors
Ms. Kristin Zajo (Columbus, OH)

08:50AM | Neurosurgical Issues: Life Long Shunt Management
Professor Jeffrey Leonard (Columbus, OH)

09:10AM | Growth & Physical Developmental Outcomes
Professor Charles Sklar (New York, NY)

09:30AM | Fertility & Reproductive Outcomes
Dr. Leena Nahata (Columbus, OH)

09:50AM | Cerebrovascular Outcomes
Dr. Sabine Mueller (San Francisco, CA)

10:10AM | Morning Coffee & Snack Break

10:30AM | Cognitive/Intellectual Outcomes
Professor Stephen Sands (New York, NY)

10:50AM | Quality of Life Outcomes
Dr. Tammi Young-Saleme (Columbus, OH)

11:10AM | Long Term Care Needs & Resources
TBD

11:30AM | Hearing Outcomes
Dr. Etan Orgel (Los Angeles, CA)

11:50AM | Second Cancers Following Treatment of CNS Germ Cell Tumors
Dr. Randal Olshefski (Columbus, OH)

12:10PM | Round Table Discussion
Speakers + Ms. Jaime Banks

01:00PM | Luncheon with Physicians, Scientists, Psychologists, Genetics Counselors & Social Workers

Summation | Professor Jonathan Finlay (Conference Chair)

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, June 7, 2017; 07:00PM – 09:00PM

Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
Rooftop Terrace

Symposium attendees are invited to join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at a special welcome reception on Wednesday evening.

Gala Banquet

Thursday, June 8, 2017; 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Columbus Museum of Art | 480 East Broad Street
Derby Court & The McCoy Family Broad Street Lobby
ColumbusMuseum.org

$100 USD per person

Experience the glass sculpture of Dale Chihuly and a skylight ceiling filled with sun or stars in this grand and unique traditional space, the setting for the gala dinner. Guests will have access to galleries on the 1st and 2nd floor of the museum during the evening.

All symposium attendees are invited to the Gala Dinner. You must register for the dinner online when you register for the symposium.

Online Registration until 5/31 – Onsite Registration begins 6/1

Speakers & Faculty

Professor Jonathan FinlayColumbus, Ohio
Conference Chair
Professor Jeffrey Allen New York, New York
Lifetime Achievement Awardee

Dr. Jill Barnholtz-Sloan Cleveland, Ohio
Epidemiology Session Co-Chair & Keynote Speaker
Professor Gabriele CalaminusBonn, Germany
Mixed Malignant Germ Cell Tumors Session Co-chair
Dr. Girish Dhall Los Angeles, California
Mixed Malignant Germ Cell Tumors Session Co-chair
Dr. A. Lindsay Frazier Boston, Massachusetts
Therapy Overview Session Keynote Speaker

Dr. Koichi Ichimura Tokyo, Japan
Developmental Biology Session Co-chair & Keynote Speaker

Professor Stewart Kellie Sydney, Australia
Recurrent CNS Germ Cell Tumors Session Co-chair
Professor Ching Lau Farmington, Connecticut
Pathology & Molecular Biology Session Co-chair & Keynote Speaker
Professor Thomas Merchant Memphis, Tennessee
Radiation Oncology Practice Session Co-chair & Keynote Speaker
Dr. Matthew Murray Cambridge, United Kingdom
Pathology & Molecular Biology Session Co-chair
Dr. James Nicholson Cambridge, United Kingdom
Pure CNS Germinoma Session Co-chair
Professor Roger Packer Washington, DC
Neurology Session Co-chair
Dr. Ibrahim QaddoumiMemphis, Tennessee
CNS GCT in Developing Countries Session Co-chair
Professor Jerome Rusin Columbus, Ohio
Diagnostic Imaging Session Co-Chair
Professor Azim Surani Cambridge, United Kingdom
Developmental Biology Session Keynote Speaker
Dr. Tammi Young-SalemeColumbus, Ohio
Patient/Family Mini-Symposium Speaker
Professor Jeffrey LeonardColumbus, Ohio
Conference Co-Chair
Dr. James Amatruda Dallas, Texas
Pathology & Molecular Biology Session Keynote Speaker
Dr. Ute Bartels Toronto, Canada
Pure CNS Germinoma Session Co-chair

Dr. Andrea CappellanoSao Paolo, Brazil
Teratoma, Mature & Immature Session Co-chair
Dr. Jason FangusaroChicago, Illinois
Recurrent CNS Germ Cell Tumors Session Co-chair
Dr. Sharon Gardner New York, New York
Recurrent CNS Germ Cell Tumors Session Co-chair
Professor Rakesh Jalali Mumbai, India
CNS GCT in Developing Countries Session Co-chair & Keynote Speaker
Professor Bette Kleinshmidt-DemastersDenver, Colorado
Pathology & Molecular Biology Session Keynote Speaker
Professor Masao Matsutani Saitama, Japan
Lifetime Achievement Awardee
Dr. Sabine MuellerSan Francisco, California
Patient/Family Mini-Symposium Speaker

Dr. Leena NahataColumbus, Ohio
Patient/Family Mini-Symposium Speaker
Professor Ryo Nishikawa Saitama, Japan
Neurosurgical Practice Session Keynote Speaker
Professor Andrew Peet Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diagnostic Imaging Session Keynote Speaker
Dr. Mark RanalliColumbus, Ohio
Germ Cell Cancer Metastatic to the CNS Session Co-Chair
Professor Stephen Sands New York, New York
Late Effects/Quality of Life Session Co-chair & Keynote Speaker
Patient/ Family Mini-Symposium Speaker
Professor Charles Sklar New York, New York
Late Effects/Quality of Life Session Co-chair & Keynote Speaker
Patient/ Family Mini-Symposium Speaker
Professor David Walker Nottingham, United Kingdom
Neurology Session Keynote Speaker
Professor Arnab ChakravartiColumbus, Ohio
Conference Co-Chair
Dr. Saro ArmenianLos Angeles, California
Patient/Family Mini-Symposium Speaker

Professor Eric BouffetToronto, Canada
Epidemiology Session Co-Chair & Keynote Speaker

Professor Zhong-Ping ChenGuangzhou, China
CNS GCT in Developing Countries Session Co-chair & Keynote Speaker
Dr. Darren Feldman New York, New York
Recurrent CNS Germ Cell Tumors Session Keynote Speaker
Dr. Soumen Khatua Houston, Texas
Pure CNS Germinoma Session Co-chair

Ms. Kristin KnightLos Angeles, California
Patient/Family Mini-Symposium Speaker
Professor Elaine Mardis Columbus, Ohio
Epidemiology & Molecular Genetics Session Keynote Speaker
Dr. Erin MurphyCleveland, Ohio
Radiation Oncology Session Co-chair
Professor Marvin Nelson Los Angeles, California
Diagnostic Imaging Session Co-Chair

Dr. Randal OlshefskiColumbus, Ohio
Patient/Family Mini-Symposium Speaker
Professor Vinay Puduvalli Columbus, Ohio
Germ Cell Cancer Metastatic to the CNS Session Co-Chair
Professor Steve RoachColumbus, Ohio
Neurology Session Co-chair
Professor Mark Souweidane New York, New York
Neurosurgical Practice Session Co-chair
Professor Tai-Tong Wong Taiwan, China
Teratoma, Mature & Immature Session Co-chair
Blanca Diez, MDBuenos Aires, Argentina
Moderator, Poster Session
Ms. Kristin ZajoColumbus, Ohio
Patient/Family Mini-Symposium Speaker

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Submission of Abstracts

Requirements

  • Abstracts must be submitted via e-mail to neuronc514@aol.com.
  • Abstracts will be selected by the Scientific Committee.
  • Accepted abstracts will be published and distributed at the Meeting.
  • Abstracts must be original and must not have been published or presented at any other conference prior to this Meeting.
  • Abstracts must be received by the announced deadline. Abstracts received after the deadline will be considered for Poster only.

Preparation

  • Make abstract title in all upper case
    The title should be brief, indicating the nature of the investigation.
  • Omit degrees, titles, and appointments of authors
    The first author listed should be the presenter at the Meeting.
  • Indicate the city and country of origin of the study
  • Indicate your preferred style of presentation as follows:

    • Oral
    • Poster
    • Either oral or poster

    Style of presentation will be determined by the Chair and the Scientific and Organizing Committees. The secretariat will notify you either oral or poster.

  • Organize the body of the abstract as follows:

    • A brief statement of the purpose of the study;
    • A statement of the method(s) of investigation;
    • A summary of the results presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions;
    • The conclusions reached.
      (It is not acceptable to state “The results will be discussed.”)
  • Use standard abbreviations
    Place unusual abbreviations in parentheses after the full word for the first time it appears. Please keep abbreviated terms to a minimum.
  • Use non-proprietary (Generic) names for drugs
  • Make your abstract concise – it is limited to 500 words
  • Institutional Affiliation  
  • Co-Author(s) 

Online Submission

Submission for Oral Presentation is Closed. Late Submission for Posters ONLY will be considered.

Please submit all abstracts to Jonathan Finlay (neuronc514@aol.com)

Travel & Accomodations

About the Hotel

Make a Reservation

Renaissance Hotel Downtown Columbus

The symposium will be held the entire three days at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel. Rooms are available at a discounted rate of $159 USD + tax for Single or Double Occupancy. In order to receive this discounted rate, room reservations must be made no later than 5:00 pm EST Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

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A 13-minute walk from the Columbus Museum of Art, this modern high-rise hotel is also a 14-minute walk from the COSI Columbus science center and a 15-minute walk from the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The refined rooms come with flat-screens, iPod docks, Wi-Fi (complimentary for Marriott Reward members or discounted to $4 USD per room per day) and desks, plus mini refrigerators and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add access to a concierge lounge with free breakfast and snacks. Suites offer separate living rooms with pull-out sofas.

Amenities include a polished restaurant and a bar. There’s also a gym, a seasonal rooftop pool and a whirlpool tub, plus a business center and over 22,000 sq ft of meeting space.

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Holiday Inn Columbus

The symposium will be held the entire three days at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, which is walking distance from the Holiday Inn. Rooms are available at a discounted rate of $89 USD + tax for Single or Double Occupancy. In order to receive this discounted rate, room reservations must be made no later than 5:00 pm EST Monday, May 8, 2017.

Targeted for Residents, Fellows (US or abroad) and international participants from Central/South America, Asia and Africa.
+1-614-221-3281 – Reference group name CNS-GCT Symposium when making your reservation.

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Getting to Columbus

Port Columbus International Airport, located just 15 minutes from the Renaissance, is served by 10 airlines and their regional affiliates, providing 350 daily arrivals and departures serving 35 destinations on a non-stop basis and hundreds of additional cities on a direct or connecting basis. Major carriers include AirTran, Air Canada Express, American, American, Delta, Southwest, United and US Airways. All ground transportation may be accessed via the terminal walkway or baggage claim levels.

From Port Columbus International Airport, the best mode of transportation is via taxi readily available 24-hours a day at the cab stand outside baggage claim. The 15-minute ride should run around $25 inclusive. The hotel does not have an airport shuttle.

Columbus also offers Uber car services as well as a number of private scheduled sedan services including Cardinal Transportation.

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