Bringing together leading clinicians and scientists, the UCSF Cognition in Brain Cancer Symposium will examine the latest in our understanding of cognitive impairment and rehabilitative treatment for patients with brain tumors.

The live webinar event is designed to provide and support interdisciplinary discussion, as a critical step towards improving patient outcomes, including health related quality of life. Topics will center around the scope of cognitive impairments in brain cancer, at risk populations, neural mechanisms impacting cognition, and pharmacological and rehabilitative therapeutic strategies for adult patients with brain tumors.

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Cognition & Health Related Quality of Life

Moderator: Shawn Hervey-Jumper, MD | UCSF

7:00-7:30 AM

An Overview of Cognition and Health Related Quality of Life in Adult Brain Cancer Patients

Jeffrey Wefel, PhD | MD Anderson Cancer Center


Risks of Cognitive Impairments with Cancer-Directed Therapies

Moderator: Mitchel Berger, MD | UCSF

7:30-8:00 AM

Surgical Risk of Cognitive Impairment

Hughes Duffau, MD, PhD | Université de Montpellier, France

8:00-8:30 AM 

Effects of Cancer Treatments on Cognition

Martin Klein, PhD | VU University Medical Center, Netherlands


Mechanisms of Neural Network Disruption

Moderator: Jennie Taylor, MD | UCSF

8:30-9:00 AM 

The Influence of Gliomas on Network Dynamics

Saritha Krishna, PhD | UCSF

Shawn Hervey-Jumper, MD | UCSF

9:00-9:30 AM 

Mechanistic Underpinnings of Chemotherapy-Related Cognitive Impairment

Michelle Monje, MD, PhD | Stanford University

9:30-10:00 AM 

Neurological Complications of Cancer Therapies: A Clinical Perspective

Jorg Dietrich, MD, PhD | Massachusetts General Hospital


10:00-10:10 AM

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Novel Therapeutics for Cognitive Recovery

Moderator: Jennie Taylor, MD | UCSF

10:10-10:40 AM 

Pharmacological and Rehabilitative Approaches to Cognitive Management

Karin Gehring, PhD | Tilburg University, Netherlands

10:40-11:10 AM 

The Clinical Application of Cognitive Rehabilitation

Christina Weyer Jamora, RN, PhD | UCSF

Melissa Brie, PsyD | UCSF


Developing Programs for Patients & Caregivers

Moderator: Susan Chang, MD | UCSF

11:10-12:20 AM 

Programmatic Initiatives for Patients and Caregivers
Including Patient and Caregiver Perspectives

Naomi Hoffer, MA | UCSF

Alexa Greenstein, NP | UCSF

Margaretta Page, RN | UCSF

Summary & Future Directions: Implications for the Field

12:20-1:00 PM

Summary & Future Directions: Implications for the Field

Jennie Taylor, MD | UCSF



Symposium Co-Chairs




Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors.

The Lower Grade Glioma Research Collective (loglio)

Sheri Sobrato Brisson Brain Cancer Survivorship Program

UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program



Contact Naomi Hoffer ([email protected]).