Brain Tumor Meeting 2024

We are pleased to announce that the 12th Brain Tumor Meeting will take place at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin (Germany) in 2024. The Brain Tumor meeting is an open scientific forum organized to foster the development of multi-center, international and inter-disciplinary collaborations that will lead to a better understanding of the etiology, biology, outcomes and prevention of brain tumors. The two-day conference on brain tumor biology and genetics provides an excellent opportunity for clinicians, neuroscientists, neuro-oncologists, Pls, postdocs, PhD students and research technicians to meet, present and discuss their work, build informal networks and set up new collaborations. More than 300 participants and almost 200 poster presentations in 2022 documented the increasing interest in the field. Internationally renowned speakers agreed to present their newest data on these topics. Furthermore, abstracts for oral and poster presentations are invited and the best presentations will be awarded a prize. We expect exciting scientific exchange and invite you to join this meeting.

Scientific Program

Thursday, May 23, 2024

14:00 – 14:05Welcome Address: Gaetano Gargiulo and Rainer Glass

14:05 - 15:25

Session I: Pediatric brain tumors

Chair: Gaetano Gargiulo

14:05 – 14:45Plenary I, Speaker: 
Mariella Filbin (Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorder Center)
"Developmental pathways and plasticity of pediatric high-grade glioma"
14:45 – 15:05Srijita Banerjee, 
"Matched primary-relapse pedHGG patient-derived xenograft models to identify therapy resistance profiles"
15:05 - 15:25Lola Boutin, 
"Gamma Delta T cell recognition and activation potential in Medulloblastoma"
15:25 – 16:10Poster Session and Coffee Break

16:10 – 17:40

Session II: Vascular biology in the CNS and brain tumors

Chair: Rainer Glass

16:10 – 16:50

Plenary II, Speaker:  
Britta Engelhardt (Theodor Kocher Institut)
"The role of the brain barriers in maintaining CNS homeostasis and immune privilege"

16:50 - 17:30

Plenary III, Speaker: 
Yi Fan (University of Pennsylvania)
"Vascular regulation of glioma immunity"
17:30 – 18:15Coffee Break and Poster Session

18:15 – 19:35

Session III: Brain tumor cell and molecular biology

Chair: Charlotte Flüh

18:15 – 18:55

Plenary IV, Speaker: 
Gaetano Gargiulo (Max Delbrück Center, Berlin)
"Cell states and fate transitions in glioblastoma revealed by synthetic genetic tracing"
18:55 – 19:15Guillaume Bourmeau,       
"Tracking glioblastoma cell plasticity identifies GB-Hybrid, a therapy resistant cell state dependent on nuclear import"
19:15 – 19:35       Roland Friedel
"Regulation of membrane tension by Plexin receptors facilitates diffuse invasion of GBM"
20:00 – 23:00        Reception at the Stadtgut Buch Barn
20:15 – 20:45Short pitches from poster presenters, travel grant holders and industry partners.
21:00 – 21:30Short talks on selected topics

Friday, May 24, 2024

9:00 - 10:20    Session IV Brain tumor microenvironment and metabolism
Chair:  Christoph Harms
9:00 - 9:40Plenary IV Speaker: 
Saverio Tardito (Cancer Research UK Scotland Institute)
"Steroids-dependent metabolic rewiring reveals novel therapeutic and imaging approaches for glioblastoma"
9:40 – 10:00    Haris Babačić, 
"Longitudinal blood plasma proteomics stratifies glioblastoma patients in two groups that differ in overall survival"
10:00 - 10:20     Krishna Bhat, 
"Single Cell Genomics Identifies Anti-Glioma Phagocytic Immunomodulators"
10:20 – 11:00Poster Session and Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:20

Session V: Macrophage biology in the CNS and brain tumors
Chair: Franz Josef Müller

11:00 – 11:40

Plenary V Speaker:
Marco Prinz (Freiburg University)
"The myeloid side of the brain"

11:40 – 12:20

Plenary VI Speaker: 
Kiavash Movahedi (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
"Single-cell mapping and modulation of brain immune ecosystems"
12:20 – 13:30Lunch and Poster Session

13:30 – 14:10

Session VI Brain Metastasis
Chair:  Michela Serresi
13:30 – 13:50Aylin Möckl, 
"Dissecting the role of CSF2Rb-STAT5 signaling in tumor-associated inflammation in brain metastasis"
13:50 – 14:10Nils R. Hebach
"The Aging Microenvironment exacerbates Leptomeningeal Metastasis"
14:10 – 14:40Coffee Break and Poster Session

14:40 – 15:40

Session VII: Cancer Neuroscience
Chair:  Pilar Sanchez-Bailon
14:40 – 15:00Niels Olshausen, 
"Spontaneous Cancer Cell Intrinsic Calcium Oscillations drive Brain Metastasis Progression"

15:00 – 15:40

Plenary VIII Speaker: 
Varun Venkataramani (Heidelberg University)
"Brain-Wide Neural Circuits Of Glioblastoma Drive Tumor Progression"
15:45 – 16:00Farewell address: G. Gargiulo, R. Glass
16:00End of BTM2024

Important Dates & Information
January 2024: Registration opens
March 23, 2024: Deadline for abstract submission
March 23, 2024: Deadline for early registration 
March 23, 2024: Deadline for stipend application
May 05, 2024: Deadline for late poster registration
Registration fees (taxes included) 

Early Bird Rates

Until 23/03/2024 - 23h59

Regular Rates

Until 23/05/2024 - 23h59     

Students30,00€ *90,00€**
Researchers/Clinician/Clinician Scientist70,00€ *190,00€ **
Exhibitors and IndustrialsTBATBA
Extended event60,00110,00

*excluding extended event
**including extended event

On-site registration will be available.
On-site Registration / Office HoursThursday, May 23, 2024
Friday, May 24, 2024
11:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 16:30
Poster BoardsHeight 120 cm
Width 100 cm
Wider formats cannot be accepted, 
the poster board space is strictly limited.
TalksPlenary Speakers30 min. (talk) + 10 min. (disc)
 Oral Presentations15 min.( talk) + 5 min. (disc)

The official meeting language is English.

Travel grants will be awarded to young qualified researchers for participation in the Brain Tumor Meeting 2024.
More details will be announced.
Criteria for application:
  • eligible are students, Ph.D. students and young postdocs
  • the age limit is 35 years by the time of application
  • the applicant participates with an own contribution (poster or oral presentation)
  • the applicant is first (co-)author/presenter 
The application must contain the following documents:
  • short cover letter with contact data
  • 1 page CV
  • list of publications (if applicable)
  • copy of the abstract
  • one short letter of recommendation
  • if a preprinted/published version of the work is available, please indicate the link
Hotels in the vicinity of the venue
A25Hotel Berlin-Karow, Hagenstr. 1A, 13125 Berlin-Karow
Tel.: +49 (0) 30 94 20 09 0
(distance to venue: 4 bus stops)
Hotel Alt-Karow, Alt-Karow 2, 13125 Berlin-Karow
Tel.: +49 30 94 20 94 0
(distance to venue: 3 bus stops)
Pension Boje, Alt-Karow  37, 13125 Berlin Karow
Tel.: +49 30 9430106, mobile: 0179 8787094
(distance to venue: 3 bus stops)
Hotel Stadtgut Berlin-Buch, Alt Buch 45-51, 13125 Berlin-Buch
Tel.: +49 3094796580
(distance to venue: 10 min. walk)
Pension Il Castello, Karower Str. 1, 13125 Berlin-Buch
Tel.: +49 30 941 37 40
(distance to venue: 10 min. walk)
Pension am Helios, Rudolf-Breitscheid-Straße 81, 16341 Panketal
Tel.: +49 30 67062685; +49 1590 2426647 (mobile)
(distance to venue: 15 min. walk / via Helios Clinic)

Alternative options in the city center may be found in close proximity of the S-Bahn (S2 line)
Credit Points
The following message concerns medical doctors practicing in Germany only.
Alle Brain Tumor Meetings sind bisher von der Berliner Ärztekammer als Fortbildungsveranstaltung für Mediziner anerkannt worden, so dass Teilnehmer*innen an der Tagung Fortbildungspunkte erhalten.
Auch für das Brain Tumor Meeting 2024 wird die Anerkennung wieder beantragt werden, so dass Teilnehmer*innen an der Tagung Fortbildungspunkte erhalten.
2022 hatte die Ärztekammer insgesamt 12 Punkte (6 Punkte für Donnerstag und 6 Punkte für Freitag) vergeben.
Für die Meldung der Teilnehmer*innen an die Ärztekammer liegen dann Teilnehmerlisten aus, in die sich die an Fortbildungspunkten interessierten Teilnehmer*innen eintragen müssen. Dafür wird ein Barcode-Etikett benötigt. Bitte bringen Sie diese zum Einkleben mit. Die Teilnahme-Bescheinigungen erhalten Sie ebenfalls an der Registrierung.

Organisational Inquiries:
MDC Events Team
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
Robert-Rössle-Str. 10
13125 Berlin

Scientific inquiries:
Dr. Gaetano Gargiulo
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
Robert-Rössle-Str. 10
13125 Berlin


Robert-Rössle-Straße 10
13125 Berlin


Campus Plan


Plenary Speakers:
Britta Engelhardt
Department of Neuroinflammation
Theodor-Kocher-Institut (TKI)
Freiestr. 1
3012 Bern, Switzerland

Yi Fan
Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
3400 Civic Center Blvd, SCTR 8-132
190104 Philadelphia, PA, USA

Mariella Filbin
Dana-Farber/ Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorder Center
Harvard Medical School
450 Brookline Avenue
02215-5450 Boston, MA, USA

Gaetano Gargiulo
Molecular Oncology
Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC)
Robert-Rössle-Str. 10
13125 Berlin, Germany

Kiavash Movahedi
Laboratory for Molecular and Cellular Therapy 
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Laarbeeklaan 103 building E, room E234
B-1090 Brussels, Belgium

Marco Prinz
Institute of Neuropathology, Neurozentrum
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Breisacherstr. 64

79106 Freiburg, Germany 

Saverio Tardito
Research Group Oncometabolism
The Beatson Institute for Cancer Research 
Garscube Estate
Switchback Road, Bearsden
G61 1BD Glasgow, UK

Varun Venkataramani
Experimental Neurology
University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 400
69120 Heidelberg, Germany


Gaetano Gargiulo, MDC, Berlin-Buch
Rainer Glass, LMU, Munich
Charlotte Flüh, University Hospital of Göttingen
Christoph Harms, Charité Campus Mitte, Berlin
Franz Josef Müller, MPI Berlin

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