THIRD ANNUAL GC CONFERENCE UNITES RESEARCHERS AND FAMILIES

The third Gliomatosis Cerebri (GC) Conference was held at the Abba Garden Hotel in Barcelona, Spain, on September 22–23, 2019 with the purpose of bringing together researchers, families, and nonprofits who share the same goal—to find a cure for this rare and deadly brain tumor. The global conference is a collaborative effort shared by several medical institutions, neuroscientists, nonprofit organizations, and families impacted by the disease that takes place bi-annually in order to maintain momentum within the community.

Funded by families who lost children to GC, this unique conference included pediatric neuro-oncologists from leading centers worldwide and recognized professionals in pediatric brain cancer research, particularly high-grade invasive gliomas. Scientific sessions were held for the researchers and medical experts to share and discuss GC research progress and best clinical practices. The family foundations met to share ideas on how to reach more families around the globe.

Dr. Andrés Morales, Chief of the Pediatric Cancer Center of San Juan de Déu Barcelona Hospital, acted as the chairman of the conference, along with co-chairs Dr. Katherine Warren, Clinical Director of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Dr. Kristoff Kramm, Chief of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the University Medical Center of Goengttingen, Germany.

Special thanks to the conference hosts Association Izas, la Princesa Guisante, and Franck Un Rayon de Soleil, and to sponsoring organizations (some of whom are on the family council at the Children’s Brain Tumor Project) including the AYJ Fund, Elizabeth’s Hope, Rudy A Menon Foundation, The Joshua Bembo Project, Fe y Misericordia Foundation, Mathys un Rayon de Soleil, and Anne un Rayon de Soleil.

To learn more about the GC Conferences please visit facebook. com/gliomatosiscerebri.org or email gliomatosiscerebri@gmail. com.