Update on the 13th Biennial Joint Section on Tumors Satellite Symposium

Isaac Yang, MD
Jeff Weinberg, MD
Jeff Weinberg, MD
Manish K. Aghi, MD, PhD

Tumor Satellite Symposium

October 5-6, 2018
Houston Marriott Marquis
Houston, Texas


The Joint Section on Tumors is thrilled to be holding its 13th Biennial Tumor Satellite Symposium immediately before the 2018 CNS Annual Meeting on October 5-6, 2018, at the Houston Marriott Marquis (the headquarters hotel of the main CNS meeting) in Houston, Texas.

The tumor satellite symposium gathers hundreds of attendees from all disciplines of neuro-oncology to hear exciting presentations revolving around the central meeting theme of leveraging technology to improve the care of patients with central nervous system tumors. The presentations will be focused around three specific thematic areas: (1) the latest advancements and technology developments in brain tumor treatments; (2) immunotherapy; and (3) big data automation. Neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, skull base surgeons, residents of all disciplines, nurse clinicians and physicians assistants with an interest in brain tumors are invited to attend this biennial event. Participants will have the opportunity to attend scientific sessions, browse through exhibits, and network with neurosurgical colleagues. Event highlights include: 

  • A comprehensive symposium on the wide-ranging aspects of brain tumor technologies kicks off the program on Friday, October 5, with neuronavigation, laser interstitial therapy, and tractography topics.

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  • Peer-reviewed oral and poster presentations throughout the meeting cover the therapy and science of brain tumors with molecular, clinical, and therapy updates. NASA astronaut Gregory Reid Wiseman delivers a keynote lecture on the technology and communication advancements needed in exploring space on Saturday, October 6.
  • On Friday evening October 5, three breakout sessions offer a primer for younger attendees on the basics of starting clinical trials; advice on starting a basic science lab as a neurosurgeon; and guidance in transitioning from residency to a job.
  • A tumor section gala on Friday, October 5, offers dinner and award presentations at the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston. Tickets to the gala will be purchased separately from the main meeting registration.

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  • Following lunch on Saturday, October 6, the meeting will transition into a symposium honoring the career of Dr. Ray Sawaya, who chaired the neurosurgery department at MD Anderson from its establishment in 1990 until this year.

This portion of the symposia will offer a chance to hear about the core principles by which Dr. Sawaya established the neurosurgery department at MD Anderson and how these principles are vital to the practice of neurosurgical oncology today.

Registration for this meeting is open at
https://www.cns.org/meetings/2018- tumor-section-satellite-symposium. Register soon to take advantage of early-bird registration and hotel discounts! Sign up for the CNS and the tumor satellite symposium jointly to save $100 on your registration. The deadline to secure accommodations at the special event rate is September 6. Visit cns.org/meetings/2018-tumor-section-satel- lite-symposium for registration details and for more information.