Preliminary Program (Note! Changes are highly likely!)

Brain Tumor Microenvironment and Novel Drug Therapies to Treat Brain Tumors

Day 131st of August, 2023
16.00-16.15Welcome by the organizers
Session A: Brain Tumor Microenvironment and Networks
16.15-17.00Keynote Speaker: Prof. Karin Forsberg Nilsson, Uppsala University: Using Evolutionary Constraint to Define Novel Candidate Genes in Brain Tumors
17.00-17.45Keynote Speaker: Dr. Varun Venkataramani, University Clinic Heidelberg: The Cancer Neuroscience of Multicellular Brain Tumor Networks
17.45-18.00Short Talk: Dr. Kaisa Unkila, Neurocenter Finland: Neurocenter Finland-more impactful research and innovation by networking
18-20Symposium Dinner
Day 21st of September, 2023
Session B: Brain Tumor Research in Kuopio in a Spotlight
8.30-9.15Invited Speaker: Prof. Petro Julkunen, UEF/Kuopio Univeristy Hospital: Clinical Application and Future Prospects of Neuronavigated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation with Brain Tumors
9.15-10.00Invited Speaker: Dr. Minna Niittykoski, UEF: Pursuing of Glioma Model and Platform for Therapeutical and Biomarker Studies
10.00-10.15Short Break
Session C: Novel Therapies to Treat Brain Tumors
10.15-11.00Keynote Speaker: Prof. Maria G. Castro, University of Michigan: Epigenetic Remodeling within Glioma Cells Impacts Myelopoiesis and the Response to Immunotherapies: Clinical Implications
11.00-11.20Speaker selected from the abstracts: Sonja Mäntylä, Tampere University / University Hospital: FGFR3-TACC3 Fusion Protein Drives Cell Migration, Lower  Differentiation State, and Aberrant Calcium Signaling Response in Glioblastoma
11.20-12.30Lunch with Meet the Experts
Poster Session & Exhibition
Session D: Targeted Drug Delivery Approaches
12.30-13.15Keynote Speaker: Prof. Tambet Teesalu, University of Tartu (30 min): Systemic Precision Targeting of Brain Tumors with Homing Peptides
13.15-14.00Invited Speaker: Dr. Filip Ekholm, University of Helsinki (30 min): Boron Neutron Capture Therapy: Past Limitations and Future Possibilities in the Treatment of Brain Tumors
14.00-14.45Coffee Break with Posters Presentations & Exhibitions
Session E: Novel Diagnostic Approaches
14.45-15.30Invited Speaker: Dr. Joonas Haapasalo, Tampere University Hospital: Intraoperative Brain Tumor Identification with Differential Mobility Spectrometry (eNose)
15.30-15.50Selected from the abstracts: Elaheh Moradi, University of Eastern Finland:
Accurate Classification of CNS Tumors Based on DNA Methylation Data from a Reduced Set of Genomic Regions
15.50-16.00Closing up the Meeting and Awarding the Posters