IVth Symposium on Neuro-oncology in Practice. Brain Tumours: Now is the Future ... !

27 January 2012

Course language: English

The field of neuro-oncology evolves at ever increasing speed.
A major part of this international symposium is devoted to glioblastomas, including the role of targeted agents, the road to individualised treatment by means of molecular markers and reliable MR recognition of tumour response, progression and pseudo-progression.
The frequency of primary CNS lymphoma continuous to rise, and poses the dilemma of when and how to combine radiation with chemotherapy.
In controlling brain metastasis, a major issue constitutes the proper indications for stereotactic radiation on what is the role of the size and number of lesions. New surgical techniques, including radical vertebral resection, use of prosthesis and stabilising the spine enable the neurosurgeon to achieve better tumour control with longstanding intact functioning of patients having vertebral metastatic disease.
In paraneoplastic disease of the brain, extracranial tumour cells share similar antigenic characteristics with neuronal cells providing essential insights into immunological mechanisms.

Improvements in survival makes it ever more imperative to maintain an intact nervous system. Understanding the mechanisms of brain toxicity, and how to preserve the quality of life constitutes an inherent task of every specialist involved in the care of patients with brain tumours.

Now we have knowledge on cell-cycle control of brain tumour cells, in picturing the brain, on new applications of surgery, radiation and systemic therapy, we did not dare to dream of only a few years ago.
This comprehensive post-graduate course offers an update on progress in neuro-oncology by speakers, many of whom are world experts with major contributions to the field.

Educational Grants by

- Roche
- Brainlab
- Astellas
- Medtronic 

Organising Committee

Wilco C. Peul, Martin J.B.Taphoorn en Charles J. Vecht

Hotel accommodation

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09.15 – 09.45       Welcome and Registration

                                Chairman: Martin Taphoorn

09.45 – 10.00       Neuro-Oncology in a Teaching Hospital
                                Willem Geerlings

10.00 – 10.30       Glioma Surveillance: Applying new
                                MR Techniques

                                Geert Lycklama à Nijeholt

10.30 – 11.00      Understanding and Treating Glioblastoma: Past, Present, Future
Michael Weller

11.00 – 11.30       How to Target Glioblastomas ?
                                Martin van den Bent

11.30 – 12.00       Coffee break

12.00 – 12.30       Paraneoplastic CNS Disease: Underlying
                                Mechanisms and Immune Targets for Therapy

                                Peter Sillevis Smitt

12.30 – 13.00       Primary CNS Lymphoma: Radiation,  
                                Chemotherapy or both?

                                Lisa DeAngelis

13.00 – 14.00       Lunch

14.00 – 14.30       Stereotactic Radiation in Brain Metastasis:
                                Number, Size and Timing

                                Ruud Wiggenraad

14.30 – 15.00       Radical Surgery in Spinal Oncology:
                                When and How?

                                Wilco Peul

15.00 – 15.30       Tea break

15.30 - 16.00        Brain Toxicity in Oncology:
                                Underlying Mechanisms and How to
                                Circumvent it

                                Jean-Yves Delattre

16.00 - 16.30        Impact of Cognitive Dysfunction on Brain
                                Tumor Outcome

                                Martin Taphoorn

16.30 - 17.00        On Neuro-oncology Wards
                                Charles Vecht

17.00                     Drinks


Nederlandse Internisten Vereniging (NIV) 5 points
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Pathologie 5 points
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Radiotherapie en Oncologie (NVRO) 5 points
Nederlandse Vereniging van Neurochirurgie (NVVN) 5 punten
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Neurologie (NVN) 5 points
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Radiologie (NVVR) 5 points
Nederlandse Associatie Physician Assistants (NAPA) 5 punten
Verpleegkundig Specialisten Register (VSR) 5 punten

Start date

27 January 2012


Theater Diligentia

Lange Voorhout 15
2514 EA The Hague (The Netherlands)

Course organiser

  • G.P. (Elly) van Manen, organisator nascholing, e-mail


Registration fees for (trainees) € 225,00
Registration fees € 285,00  
Member of non-sponsoring company of congress € 600,00  
Physician assistants (PA) € 225,00  

Hotel accommodation

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Terms and conditions

To this course the general terms and conditions of Boerhaave CME are applicable.


  • prof.dr. M.J. van den Bent, Neurologist, Erasmus MC
  • Prof. Lisa M. DeAngelis, Neurologist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA
  • Prof. Jean-Yves Delattre, Neurologist, Groupe Hospitalier Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris, FR
  • Dr. Willem Geerlings, !unknown!, Medical Center The Hague
  • Dr. Geert J. Lycklama à Nijeholt, Radiologist, Medical Center The Hague
  • prof. dr. W.C. Peul, Neurosurgeon, LUMC en MCH
  • Prof. P.A.E. Sillevis Smitt, Neurologist, Erasmus MC
  • prof.dr. M.J.B. Taphoorn, Neurologist, LUMC en MCH
  • Dr. Charles J. Vecht, Neurologist, Medical Center The Hague
  • Prof. Michael Weller, University Hospital Zurich, Zwitserland
  • Dr. Ruud G.J. Wiggenraad, Radiotherapist, Medical Center The Hague