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Harvard 3rd Annual Update in Neuro-Oncology 2023


2023 Course Overview

Neuro-oncology is a rapidly evolving multi-disciplinary field, which involves the medical, radiation and surgical management of pediatric and adult patients with primary and metastatic tumors of the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS). In addition, modern molecular neuropathology and neuroradiology concepts are essential for accurate diagnosis and classification. This three-day CME course, Annual Update in Neuro-Oncology, is designed to provide an international audience with a comprehensive review of the diagnosis and management of pediatric and adult patients with primary and metastatic CNS and PNS tumors and neurological complications of cancer. Our target audience will be the providers involved in the care of adult and pediatric neuro-oncology patients (oncologists, radiation oncologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroradiologists and neuropathologists). The course will also be of high relevance to nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, pharmacists and nurses.
Who Should Attend

Specialty Physicians
Nurses, Pharmacists
Physician Assistants

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

Identify the role of biomarkers in the diagnosis of pediatric and adult CNS and PNS tumors.
Identify standard and novel treatment approaches to pediatric and adult CNS and PNS tumors.
Recognize and address neurological complications associated with new cancer therapies.
Identify and manage long-term complications of CNS and PNS tumors and their treatment.

All agenda sessions are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Wednesday, July 26, 2023


10:00-10:10 AM

Welcome: Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Session
Mariella Filbin, MD, PhD

10:10-10:40 AM

Keynote: CAR T Cell Therapy for Diffuse Midline Gliomas
Michelle Monje,  MD, PhD

10:40-11:10 AM

WHO Classification, Pediatric CNS Tumors
Sanda Alexandrescu, MD

11:10-11:40 AM

Embryonal Tumors
Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD

11:40 AM-12:00 PM


12:00-12:30 PM

Pediatric Low-Grade Gliomas
Susan Chi, MD

12:30-1:00 PM

Pediatric High-Grade Gliomas
Mariella Filbin, MD, PhD

1:00-1:30 PM

Ependymomas and Glioneuronal Tumors
Pratiti (Mimi) Bandopadhayay, MBBS, PhD

1:30-1:45 PM

Live Question & Answer Session
Mariella Filbin, MD, PhD

1:45-2:00 PM


2:00-2:15 PM

Choroid Plexus Tumors
Viviana Benitez, MD

2:15-2:30 PM

Pineal Tumors
Shannon MacDonald, MD

2:30-2:45 PM

Germ Cell Tumors
Aaron Yeo, MD

2:45-3:15 PM

Scott Plotkin, MD, PhD

3:15-3:30 PM

Von Hippel Lindau
Othon Iliopoulos, MD, PhD

3:30-3:45 PM

Live Question & Answer Session
Mariella Filbin, MD, PhD

3:45-3:50 PM

Mariella Filbin, MD, PhD

Thursday, July 27, 2023


10:00-10:05 AM

Welcome: Adult Neuro-Oncology
Tracy Batchelor, MD

10:05-10:30 AM

Keynote: Surgical Immunotherapy Clinical Trials for Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM)
E. Antonio Chiocca, MD,PhD

10:30-10:45 AM

Advances in Surgery for Brain Tumors
William Curry, MD

10:45-11:00 AM

Advances in Imaging for Brain Tumors
Tina Young Poussaint, MD

11:00-11:15 AM

Advances in Radiation for Brain Tumors
Helen Shih, MD

11:15-11:25 AM

Live Question and Answer Session
Tracy Batchelor, MD

11:25-11:30 AM


11:30 AM-12:00 PM

WHO Classification for Adult Gliomas
David Louis, MD

12:00-12:30 PM

Gliomas, IDH-Mutant
​​​​​Nicolas Gonzalez Castro, MD, PhD

12:30-12:45 PM

Gliomas, IDH-Wildtype
Isabel Arrillaga,  MD, PhD

12:45-1:10 PM

Advances in Experimental Therapies for Gliomas
David Reardon, MD

1:10-1:30 PM


1:30-1:45 PM

Wenya Linda Bi, MD, PhD

1:45-2:00 PM

CNS Lymphomas
Lakshmi Nayak, MD

2:00-2:15 PM

Pituitary Tumors
Pamela Jones, MD

2:15-2:45 PM

Live Question & Answer Session
Tracy Batchelor, MD

2:45-2:50 PM


Friday, July 28, 2023


10:00-10:05 AM

Welcome: Neurological Complications of Cancer
Patrick Wen, MD

10:05-10:30 AM

Keynote: Neural Regulation of Cancer
Humsa Venkatesh, PhD

10:30-11:00 AM

Metastases to the Brain
Priscilla Brastianos, MD

11:00-11:15 AM

Metastases to the Leptomeninges
Ricky McFaline-Figueroa, MD, PhD

11:15-11:30 AM

Metastases to the Epidural Space and Spinal Cord
John Chi, MD, MPH

11:30-11:45 AM

Live Question and Answer Session
Patrick Wen, MD

11:45 AM-12:15 PM


12:15-12:30 PM

Paraneoplastic Neurological Syndromes
Eudocia Lee, MD, MPH

12:30-1:00 PM

Common Neurological Complications in Cancer Patients
Ugonma Chukwueke, MD, MPH

1:00-1:15 PM

Neurological Complications of Cancer Immunotherapies
Jorg Dietrich, MD, PhD

1:15-1:30 PM

Managing Long-Term Survivors of CNS Tumors
Deborah Forst, MD

1:30 – 1:45 PM

Live Question and Answer Session
Patrick Wen, MD

1:45-2:00 PM

Closing & Adjourn
Tracy Batchelor, MD, MPH