Oren Becher, MD, Northwestern University
Cynthia Hawkins MD, Ph.D., The Hospital for Sick Kids
Geneva National Resort
1221 Geneva National Avenue, South
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Meeting #: Refer to your packet.
Hours: 8:00am – 8:00 pm EST M-F
International : 623-516-6140
DIPG is a rare incurable childhood brain cancer. Unfortunately, the standard of care has not significantly improved in over 50 years with focal radiation being the standard of care. This is in stark contrast to the improved treatments for many other cancers like melanoma, lung cancer, kidney cancer, leukemia, and neuroblastoma. Recent analysis of DIPG tumor tissue has identified some of the main genetic events that drive DIPG formation.
This powerful piece of knowledge, along with other advances such as the development of model systems, and the increasing use of biopsies as part of the diagnostic work-up for children with DIPG will eventually lead to effective therapies. This cannot be done however without foundations like the Forbeck Foundation. The Forbeck Foundation is world-renowned for supporting an innovative discussion forum where approximately 15 scientists, in an intimate setting, have the opportunity to discuss unpublished research results. Bringing together diverse experts together like this, to learn from and challenge each other, is an innovative approach that will no doubt yield real progress for DIPG.
|Oren Becher, MD||Northwestern University|
|Wendy Beguelin||Weill Cornell Medicine|
|Gabrielle Bergers, PhD||Leuven Belgium|
|Kristina Cole, MD, PhD||Children's Hospital of Philadelphia|
|Courtney Crane, PhD||Seattle Childrens Research Institute|
|David J. Daniels, MD, PhD||Mayo Clinic|
|Ira Dunkel, MD||Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center|
|William Elmquist, Pharm D, PhD||University of Minnesota|
|Dolores Hambardzumyan, PhD||Emory University|
|Cynthia Hawkins, MD, PhD||The Hospital for Sick Kids|
|Jeffrey Iliff, PhD||Oregon Health & Sciences University|
|Paul S. Knoepfler, PhD||UC Davis Health|
|Sabine Mueller, MD, PhD||University of California, San Francisco|
|Ali Shilatifard, PhD||Northwestern University|
|Nicholas Vitanza, MD||Seattle Children's Hospital / Fred Hutch|
|Laura Bazazynski, PhD||UT Southwestern Medical Center|
|Jessica Foster||Children's Hospital of Philadelphia|
|Cassie Kline||University of California, San Francisco|
|Nneka Mbah||University of Michigan|
|Jay Sarthy||Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center|
Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is the preferred airport as it is only 45 minutes from the meeting location.
Chicago's O'Hare Airport (ORD) is 1 1/2 hours from the meeting location without traffic. The Foundation can only accommodate 1 pick up per day at O'Hare. If you absolutely must fly into O'Hare (ie: International Flights) the Foundation will have the following pick up times at O'Hare:
Any other arrival times at Chicago's O'Hare airport must be arranged and paid for by the individual. You are welcome to arrive on Wednesday.
The abstracts should be only one or two paragraphs outlining the theme of your presentation and should reflect the objective and spirit of the meeting (see above). Abstracts will be circulated about one week before the meeting. The meeting organizer will start requesting them a month before the meeting.
This forum has been sponsored by The Kira Spedale Foundation. The Kira Spedale Foundation raises funds and awareness to combat DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), a rare, inoperable brainstem tumor that attacks children.