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Young Investigators Forum in Neuro-Oncology
July 25-26, 2019
W Hotel, Atlanta, GA

Call for Abstracts and Nominations
Submission Deadline June 1, 2019

The Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) Young Investigators Committee and Drs. Etty Benveniste and David Reardon are pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts and Nominations for the Young Investigators Forum in Neuro-Oncology, July 25-26, 2019 in Atlanta, GA.

There is no cost for the selected young investigators to attend - a travel grant will cover ground transportation, airfare and hotel accommodations associated with the activity.

SNO is dedicated to promoting advances in neuro-oncology through research and education.  The Young Investigators Forum in Neuro-Oncology is presented by SNO as a part of its commitment to the future of the science and the leaders who will create it.  The program is ideally suited for North American-based Junior Faculty, Fellows, and Postdoctoral Researchers (MDs, DOs, and PhDs) who are pursuing a career in academic research by conducting basic science, translational, and/or clinical research in neuro-oncology.

Fellowship Directors and leaders in neuro-oncology: nominate your junior faculty researchers or fellows to apply!  The Forum offers an opportunity for these young investigators and researchers to:

  • Present their research
  • Connect with future collaborators
  • Network with their peers and senior investigators
  • Develop skills and take-home strategies for succeeding in academic life

There are only 40 seats available! The young investigators will be chosen by a competitive abstract process, abstracts will be accepted beginning April 18, 2019 and ending June 1, 2019. 

For the top two young investigators (based upon scored onsite presentations) there will be two $10,000 awards, for future research. For complete selection criteria, additional information, and to nominate an individual, visit:

Young Investigators/Researchers Criteria and Responsibilities:

  • MD/DO/PhD
  • Within 5 years of completing their fellowship or currently a fellow
  • Interest in or pursuing a career in Neuro-Oncology
  • North American-based
  • Must submit an abstract of their own research (lacking research clinical trial design)
  • Each selected young investigator will attend and present his or her own research
  • Young investigators will be actively involved in the entire activity

Selection Process
  • Recommendation by laboratory PI, fellowship director, or department chairman
  • Career Status: Fellows in the final two years of training or junior faculty who are within five years of completion of their fellowship
  • Candidates will submit:   
  •    o  an abstract of original, unpublished research specific to neuro-oncology, 300 words or less
       o Recommendation letter
       o Career goals, 500 words or less
       o Current CV
  • The Planning Committee will review and score all abstracts; abstracts will be blinded
  • A maximum of 40 Young Investigators will be selected to attend and present at the live meeting

  • The 40 finalists (authors of accepted abstracts) will be provided with the following:
  • One (1) round-trip, economy-class ticket
  • Travel stipend of $150.00 to cover any non-reimbursed expenses
  • 2 nights’ lodging at the activity hotel, including room and tax
  • All group buffet meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for the duration of the meeting
  • All finalists will prepare and present a five-minute plenary style abstract presentation. Senior faculty will provide a 5 minute commentary and critique
  • The top four presenters will be asked to present a second time. Each will have 10 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions, faculty discussion, and critique
  • The top two presenters will be awarded $10,000 each, which will be designated towards their research
Expenses for accompanying travelers will not be provided. Guests are not permitted to attend any portion of the program, including buffet meals.

David A. Reardon, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Clinical Director, Center for Neuro-Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Etty (Tika) Benveniste, PhD
Senior Vice Dean for Basic Sciences, School of Medicine
Associate Vice President for Medicine and Basic Sciences
Charlene A. Jones Endowed Chair in Neuroimmunology
O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham

SNO Young Investigator Planning Committee   
Priscilla Brastianos, MD
Director, CNS Metastasis Program
MGH Cancer Center
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Eudocia Quant Lee, MD, MPH
Senior Physician, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Milan G. Chheda, MD
Assistant Professor
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Medicine, Division of Oncology
Department of Neurology

Monica Venere, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center

Confirmed Faculty
Patrick Wen, MD
Director, Center for Neuro-Oncology
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Stuart Grossman, MD
Co-Director, Brain Cancer Research Program, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Fabio Iwamoto, MD
Deputy Director, Division of Neuro-Oncology
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Nicholas Butowski, MD
Professor, Neurological Surgery
University of California, San Francisco

Charles Stiles, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology
Harvard Medical School

Frank Furnari, PhD
Professor of Pathology
University of California, San Diego

Maria Castro, PhD
Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology
University of Michigan Medical School

Suzanne Baker, PhD
Director, Brain Tumor Research Division
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital