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10th COGNO Annual Scientific Meeting
Tailoring Therapies for Brain Tumours: Challenges and Opportunities

Monday 23rd - Tuesday 24th October 2017
Rydges Melbourne Hotel, 186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, VIC Australia
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Sunday 22 October: Pre-ASM Meeting




12:30 - 1:30pm

Management Committee (closed meeting)


2:00 - 4:00pm

BTAA/COGNO/Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness Centre Patient Information Forum


3:00 - 5:30pm

BCBA consortium meeting (closed meeting)



Monday 23 October: ASM Day 1




8:00 - 10:00am

COGNO Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting (open to COGNO members only)

Dr Liz Hovey

10:00 - 10:30am

Morning Tea


10:30 - 10:35am

Welcome and Day 1 program overview

A/Prof Hui Gan

10:35 - 12:05pm

Session 1: Tailoring Therapies for Brain Tumour - Challenges and Opportunities

A/Prof Hui Gan


Keyhole and endoscopic approaches for brain and skull base tumours in the era of personalized medicine:
Prof Daniel Kelly



Tailoring Radiation Oncology:
A/Prof Michael Back



Tailoring Drug Therapy:
Prof Patrick Wen


12:05 - 1:15pm



12:05 - 1:15pm

Ignyta Lunchtime Symposium (suitable only for clinicians and oncologists)
Forging New Pathways in Targeted Therapy for Brain Tumors: The STARTRK-2 Study of Entrectinib:
A/Prof Thomas John


1:15 - 2:15pm

Session 2: COGNO Trials Update

Prof Anna Nowak


COGNO Trials:
Prof Mark Rosenthal


2:15 - 2:45pm

Afternoon tea


2:45 - 4:45pm

Session 3: Novel treatment strategies

Dr Anthony Dowling


Targeting the Immune System in Brain Tumour & Metastasis Patients:
A/Prof Mustafa Khasraw



Targeting the Tumour Microenvironment:
Dr Bryan Day



hTERT in glioma - a multifaceted demigod:
Prof Koichi Ichimura


6:30pm - late

Welcome Reception and COGNO Conference Dinner (Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium) - includes presentation of the MSD Hubert Stuerzl Memorial Educational Award and COGNO Outreach Education Preceptorship



Tuesday 24 October: ASM Day 2




7:45 - 8:15am

On arrival tea/coffee


8:15 - 8:25am

Welcome and Day 2 program overview

A/Prof Hui Gan

8:25 - 9:45am

Session 4: Seeing the Target - Updates in Diagnostics and Imaging

Dr Lawrence Cher


Updates in Pathology:
Dr Julie Lokan



Recent Innovations in Structural Imaging:
A/Prof Frank Gaillard


Advanced imaging to predict response and identify pseudo progression in the NUTMEG trial:
A/Prof Ben Ellingson


Recent Innovations in Functional and Molecular Imaging:
Prof Stephen Rose





9:45 - 10:15am

Morning tea


10:15 - 11:20am

Session 5: Hitting the Target - Updates in Treatment

Dr Jonathon Parkinson


Near future neurosurgery - building upon what we do now for the decades ahead:
Prof Daniel Kelly



Recent Innovations in Radiation Oncology:
Dr Hien Le



Recent Innovations in Drug Development:
Prof Patrick Wen





11:20 - 12:40pm

Session 6: Research / Oral Abstracts

Dr Jonathon Parkinson


Can chemoprotection of the bone marrow help treat glioblastoma:
A/Prof Maciej Mrugala



Repurposing the drug Ibudilast for the treatment of glioblastoma:
A/Prof Kerrie McDonald



Discovery of CT-179: a small molecule inhibitor of the OLIG2 transcription factor with potent anti-tumour activity in high-grade glioma:
Prof Terry Johns


Mimicking the biomechanical features of the brain for improved identification of effective treatments for brain cancer:
Ms Victoria Prior
Understanding the impact of communication and language in interactions with patients with LGG: A grounded theory study:
Ms Dianne Legge


Efficacy Analysis of Depatuxizumab mafodotin (ABT-414) +/- Temozolomide (TMZ) in Patients (Pts) With EGFR Amplified, Recurrent Glioblastoma (rGBM) From a Multicenter, International Phase 1 Clinical Trial:
A/Prof Hui Gan


12:40 - 1:15pm



1:15 - 1:55pm

Poster Walkaround  

1:55 - 3:05pm

Session 7: Treating the Patient, Not the Tumour

Ms Dianne Legge


Treatment selection in elderly patients:
A/Prof Mustafa Khasraw



Treatment challenges in vulnerable patients:
Dr Zarnie Lwin



“Doctor, I found this cure for brain cancer on the internet…”:
Dr Lawrence Cher



Interactive Panel Discussion: Tailoring Treatment for the Person in Front of You
• Prof Patrick Wen
• Dr Lawrence Cher
• Ms Emma Daly
• Ms Jane Fletcher
• Dr Hien Le
• Dr Brindha Shivalingam


3:05 - 3:35pm

Afternoon tea


3:35 - 4:50pm

Session 8: ”It’s not about my treatment doctor; I have a different question”

Ms Marcia Fleet


“I have a legal question”:
Mr John Berrill



“I have a question about exercise and rehabilitation”:
Prof John Olver



Advance care directives / advance planning:
A/Prof Brian Le





4:50 - 5:00pm

ASM Summary and Close (including ASM awards)

A/Prof Hui Gan


5:15 - 5:45pm

COGNO Annual General Meeting (open to COGNO members only)


*changes may be made to the program