Event Materials for 2017 International Gamma Knife Research Foundation Meeting

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  • Date: Friday, June 23, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Location: Jordan Medical Education Center
    Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
    3400 Civic Center Boulevard
    Philadelphia, PA 19104


  • 7:00 am — Breakfast
  • 7:30 am — Welcome and Introductions

Scientific Session 1

  • 7:45 am — Overview of Immunotherapy & Potentiation with Radiosurgery
    Moderators: Jonathan Knisely, MD and Inga Grills, MD
    • Introduction to Immunotherapy – What Do I Need to Know?
      Laura Johnson, PhD
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    • RADVAX – Radiation and its Potentiation of Immunotherapy & Possible Mechanisms of Resistance
      Amit Maity, MD
    • Response and Resistance to Radiation and Immune Checkpoint Blockade in Mice
      Andy J. Minn, MD, PhD 
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    • Targeted/Immunotherapy & Molecular Profiling – State-of-the-art in Cancer Care
      Manmeet Ahluwalia, MD 
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    • Interaction of Targeted/Immunotherapy & Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
      Veronica Chiang, MD
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    • Immune Checkpoint & Radiosurgery
      Michael Lim, MD  
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  • 10:00 am — Break
  • Poster presentations on Malignant Tumors and Immunotherapy

Scientific Session 2

  • 10:30 am — Overview of Lesioning in 2017: Current Status & Future
    Moderators: Lilyana Angelov, MD and Anthony Kaufmann, MD
    • Lesioning with Focused Ultrasound
      Howard Eisenberg, MD 
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    • Laser Thermocoagulation (LITT) for Primary Tumors
      Shabbar Danish, MD
    • Laser Thermocoagulation (LITT) for Radiation Necrosis
      Gene Barnett, MD 
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    • Gamma Knife Ablation Dose Rate & Implications for Lesioning
    • John Y. K. Lee, MD
  • Poster presentations on Lesioning
  • 11:30 am — Lunch

Scientific Session 3

  • 12:30 pm — Overview of Benign Tumors & Vascular
     Goldie Kurtz, MD and Roberto Martinez-Alvarez, MD
    • Biology of Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Benign Tumors
      Joshua Silverman, MD, PhD 
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    • Meningioma Consortium Meeting Update
      Gelareh Zadeh, MD, PhD 
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    • Overview of the Management of Pituitary Adenomas
      Jason Sheehan, MD, PhD
    • Possible Clinical Trial for GK in Thrombosis of Residual Aneurysms S/P Coiling
      James McInerney, MD 
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  • Poster presentations on Benign Tumor radiosurgery

Scientific Session 4

  • 1:30 pm — After Gamma Knife - Now What?
    Moderators: Hideyuki Kano, MD  and Heyoung McBride, MD
    • Imaging Evaluation of Response to Therapy
      Deepak Sampathu, MD, PhD 
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    • Penn Informatics, Software Platforms/Alternatives to Registries for Follow-Up
      Peter Gabriel, MD 
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    • Liquid Tumor Biopsy as a Means of Following Response to Radiosurgery
      Jay Dorsey, MD, PhD
    • Registry Update
      Douglas Kondziolka, MD
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  • Poster Presentation
  • 2:30pm  — Coffee Break

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • 2:45 - 5:00 pm — Hands on Training Basic and Advanced Radiosurgery Planning - Multiple Platforms
    Lilyana Angelov, MD and Shabbar Danish, MD

Scientific Session 5:

  • 2:45 pm — New Technology Overview: Icon & Protons 
     Caleb Feliciano, MD & Zarina Ali, MD
    • Proton: Myth Versus Reality
      Michelle Alonso-Basanta, MD, PhD
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    • Panel Discussion: Pros & Cons of ICON Technology
      L. Dade Lunsford, MD, Josh Silverman, MD, PhD and James Yu, MD 
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  • 3:45 pm —  IGKRF Clinical Trials Update – Prospective, Retrospective & Future
    Moderators: L. Dade Lunsford, MD and Ron Warnick, MD
  • 5:00 pm — Adjourn

Friday Evening 

Dinner reception at the Barnes Foundation. 

The Barnes Foundation was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” Dine and immerse yourself in one of the finest collections of post-impressionist and early modern paintings.

The Barnes Foundation 
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130