Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Neuro-Oncology and RNA Biology Symposium 

Symposium Agenda

Neuro-Oncology and RNA Biology Symposium

Feb. 7, 2020

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
Research & Education Building
600 5th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

Organized by George Jallo, M.D., and Ranjan Perera, Ph.D.

All sessions held in Research and Education Building Multi-skills room 1201/1203

Friday, Feb. 7:

8–8:30 a.m.: Continental breakfast

8:30–8:45 a.m.: Opening remarks
Kristiina Vuori, M.D., Ph.D. – Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Landon King, M.D. – Johns Hopkins Medicine

8:45–9:30 a.m.: George Jallo, M.D. – Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
“Importance of Basic Research for Pediatric Brain Tumors”
Keynote Speaker – Kenneth Cohen, M.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine
“Advances in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology: The Hope, the Hype”

Session 1: DNA and RNA in Neurobiology Biology and Cancer (moderator: Rui Zhou, Ph.D.)

9:35–9:55 a.m.: Chetan Bettagowda, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine
“Tumor Derived DNA as a Biomarker for Cancer”

10–10:25 a.m.: Ranjan J. Perera, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine
“Group 3 specific novel long noncoding RNA HLX2-7 is a potential therapeutic and a diagnostic molecule for childhood brain-tumor medulloblastoma.”

10:30–10:50 a.m.: Loyal Goff, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine
“Dissecting Neurodevelopment and Disease at Single Cell Resolution”

10:55–11:15 a.m.: Mollie Meffert, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine
“Growth Regulatory microRNAs in Neuronal Function”

11:15–11:30 a.m.: Break

Session 2: Neuro-Oncology (moderator: Masanobu Komatsu, Ph.D.)

11:35–11:55 a.m.: Rob Wechsler-Reya, Ph.D., Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
“Cloak and Dagger: How Pediatric Brain Tumors Hide from the Immune System (And What We Can Do About It)”

Noon–12:20 p.m.: Sridharan Gururangan, M.D., FRCP, University of Florida
"Total tumor — RNA (tt-RNA) incorporated Dendritic cell vaccines plus ex-vivo expanded T-cell therapy following lymphodepletive conditioning in children with brain tumors"

12:25–12:45 p.m.: Charles Eberhart, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine
“Novel models of pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors”

12:50–1:10 p.m.: Eric Raabe, M.D. Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine
“Targeting LIN28 and its downstream effectors in pediatric brain tumors”

1:15 p.m.: Symposium adjourned

No registration required. There are no CME credits for this event.

Contact information:

Tiffany Casey: / Office: 727-767-4384
Rui Zhou:
Ranjan Perera: