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15th COGNO Annual Scientific Meeting
Bridge to the Future: Biomarkers in Brain Tumour Care
Sunday 8th October – Tuesday 10th October 2023
Hilton Sydney, NSW, Australia 

PROGRAM OF EVENTS (as at 6 October)
(Changes may be made to the program)
To download a printable version, please click here 

Sunday 8 October: Pre–ASM Satellite Meetings




9:00am - 4:30pm
ABCARA Scientific Research Symposium (Level 4 - Rooms 1-3)

10:00am - 3:00pm
BTAA Patient Education and Information Forum (Level 4 - Rooms 4-5)
6/6:30pm start
Convenors Dinner (O Bar and Dining), by invitation

Monday 9 October: ASM Day 1, Level 2 – State Room




7:30 - 8:00am
On arrival tea/coffee  

8:00 - 10:00am

COGNO Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting (Level 2 - Rooms 3-4), open to COGNO members only 

Prof Hui Gan

10:00 - 10:40am

Morning tea break

10:40 - 10:45am

Welcome, Day 1 Program Overview, Acknowledgement of Country
Dr Adrian Lee / Dr Keryn Davidson            


Session 1 – Translational Science

Dr Adrian Lee / Dr Keryn Davidson

Prof Melanie Hayden Gephart Advances in the prevention, monitoring, and treatment of leptomeningeal disease

Prof Justin Lathia - Sex differences and the glioblastoma immune response: opportunities for next-generation precision medicine therapies

Prof Matt Dun - Clinical and preclinical considerations for the combination of radiotherapy, dordaviprone and paxalisib for the treatment of diffuse midline glioma
12:10 - 12:20pm
COGNO Chair Update
A/Prof Eng-Siew Koh

12:20 - 1:35pm

Lunch break

1:35 - 3:15pm

Session 2 - Oral Abstracts 

Dr Ben Kong     

Dr Kimberley Alexander - Abstract ID 1 - Harmonised database infrastructure to support local brain cancer biobanking and data registries for national linkage

Dr Susannah Hallal - Abstract ID 3 - Machine learning models detect blood ‘fingerprints’ for accurate glioblastoma tumour surveillance
Dr Susannah Hallal - Abstract ID 2 - Glioblastoma biomarkers in urinary extracellular vesicles reveal the potential for a ‘liquid gold’ biopsy
Dr Rochelle CJ Dsouza - Abstract ID 4 - Targeting GBM Heterogeneity using a Novel ephrin A5 Antibody Therapy
Ms Hannah Banks - Abstract ID 5 - “Just being alive was exhausting”: A qualitative exploration of patient, caregiver, and healthcare professional experiences of cancer-related fatigue in people with brain tumour
Mr Thomas Carlick - Abstract ID 6 - An Evaluation of Brain Tumour Information Resources: Current State and Next Steps
Ms Jill Chen - Abstract ID 7 - Determining items for a brief screening tool for brain tumour caregivers' unmet needs
Dr Sarah Bray - Abstract ID 8 - Design of Patient-Centered Digital Health Interventions: Leveraging Input from Patients with Brain Tumours for Unmet Supportive Care Needs
Ms Ellie Piggott - Abstract ID 9 - Participant Experiences of the LaTCH Program for Brain Tumour Survivors: A Preliminary Qualitative Analysis
Prof Hui Gan - Abstract ID 10 - IPAX-2: Phase 1 Safety and Dose Finding Study of [131I]IPA Plus Standard of Care in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma

3:15 - 3:55pm

Afternoon tea break

3:55 - 5:00pm
Session 3 - Debate - A picture speaks a thousand words: Advanced imaging techniques will render molecular biomarkers obsolete in 
Panellists include - Prof Melanie Hayden Gephart, Prof Mustafa Khasraw, Prof Stephen Price, Dr Michael Rodriguez, Dr Jamie Drummond, A/Prof Lindy Jeffree
A/Prof Craig Gedye
5:00 - 6:00pm
Welcome Reception and Poster Walkaround   (Level 2 Foyer & Room 2)
~6:30 - 10:30pm
COGNO Conference Dinner 
(Museum of Contemporary Art Australia - MCA) includes presentation of BTAA Lynette Williams Award / Outreach Education Preceptorship


Tuesday 10 October: ASM Day 2, Level 2 – State Room




7:15 - 8:30am Servier Breakfast Symposium IDH Mutated Glioma: A journey from discovery to precision medicine (Level 2 - Rooms 3-4)
8:30 - 9:00am
On arrival tea/coffee  

9:00 - 9:10am

Welcome, Day 2 Program Overview, Acknowledgement of Country
Dr Adrian Lee / Dr Keryn Davidson

9:10 - 10:40am

Session 4 - Global Horizons in Brain Tumour Trials

A/Prof Eng-Siew Koh

Prof Mustafa Khasraw - Correcting the drug development paradigm in glioblastoma requires more biomarker driven clinical trials

Prof Stephen Price - What is our surgical target for glioblastomas?

A/Prof Hao-Wen SimCOGNO International Clinical Research Subcommittee (ICRS): Learnings and Opportunities 
Prof Hui GanCOGNO Trials Update

10:40 - 11:20am

Morning tea break


Session 5 – The Future of Supportive Care

A/Prof Kerryn Pike / Ms Desma Spyridopoulos

Prof Martin TaphoornMethodological considerations when including patient reported outcomes in brain tumour clinical trials

A/Prof Haryana Dhillon Transforming access to supportive care – the benefit of Brain Cancer Rehabilitation, Assessment, Interventions for Survivorship Needs (BRAINS)

Dr Jim Whittle - Connecting Communities: Transforming Brain Cancer Survivorship with Brain Tumours Online

A/Prof Louisa Gordon - Economic evaluation of a telehealth psychological support intervention for people with primary brain tumour (the Tele-MAST intervention)

12:50 - 2:05pm

Lunch break

2:05 - 3:35pm

Session 6 – Case Studies & Panel Discussion

 Dr Ben Kong
2 cases for review and discussion by an expert panel
Panellists include - Prof Martin Taphoorn, Prof Mustafa Khasraw, Dr Laveniya Satgunaseelan, Dr Ray Cook, Dr Claire Phillips
Prof Richard Scolyer, Prof Georgina Long and Prof Helen Rizos – Journey of a GBM diagnosis, the treatment, and the translational results to date
Dr Adrian Lee / Dr Keryn Davidson
3:35 - 3:45pm
ASM Summary and Close – includes presentation of the Most Outstanding Oral Presentation, Most Outstanding Poster Presentation and Young Investigator Awards
Dr Adrian Lee / Dr Keryn Davidson

3:45 – 4:25pm

Afternoon tea break