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2014 GIST Summit


Save the date!!  The 2014 GIST Summit will be held Saturday September 13, 2014 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and it will be the best ever!  Put it on your calendar now.

Dr. Neeta Somaiah and Dr. Jonathan Trent, in partnership with GIST Support International (GSI) are pleased to invite you to the Sixth Annual GIST Summit to be held on Saturday, September 13 at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

We have another exciting program this year, with an impressive group of experts and a wide range of topics--details on the speakers and the agenda are printed on the reverse of this invitation. Not only will you be able to discuss GIST issues with the experts and ask those questions you always meant to ask, but you will also have plenty of time to meet with other GIST patients and caregivers and to share experiences.

This free-of-charge Summit is being sponsored through educational grants from Novartis Oncology, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, and Pfizer.  The program will last a full day, with breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments provided. 

Here’s your chance to listen to relevant and informative talks, take part in the workshops, meet with old friends and new, and catch up on the latest science.  Our five previous GIST Summits have been great successes, and we think this year’s get-together promises the same.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Venue: M D Anderson Rooms 1-8, 8th Floor, Cancer Prevention Building at 1155 Pressler Street, Houston 77030.   Time: 8:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

CLICK HERE to preregister now!



8:00 a.m.   Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m.   Welcome
Neeta Somaiah, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Sarcoma Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (Confirmed)

9:05 a.m.   Welcome from MD Anderson Cancer Center and Update on Moon Shots
Dr. Ronald A. DePinho, M.D., President, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (Confirmed)

9:30 a.m.   GIST 101:  Much to Learn About GIST
Jonathan C. Trent, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Sarcoma Medical Research Program and Professor of Medicine, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Health System, Miami, FL (Confirmed)

10:00 a.m.  Coffee Break

10:20 a.m.  (TITLE PENDING):
Robert S. Benjamin, M.D., P. H. and Fay E. Robinson, Distinguished Professor, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (Confirmed)

11:10 a.m.  (TITLE PENDING):
George D. Demetri, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director, Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA (Confirmed)

12:00 p.m. Lunch: Filming Patient Testimonials and Posters Display – Visiting with Speakers and Pharmaceutical Representatives 

1:45 p.m.  GIST 201: The Pathology of GIST
Alexander Lazar, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Pathology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center  Selective (Soft Tissue) Pathology Fellowship Training Program, Houston, TX (Confirmed)

2:15 p.m.  Workshops (Break-Out Sessions)

Conversations Change Lives: Difficult Conversations that Affect Patients and Caregivers—Susan Nelson, M.D., FACP, FAAHPM, LaPOST Coalition Chair, Baton Rouge, LA (Confirmed)

Caregivers 101: A Survival Guide—Esther Sachse, LVSW, Support Director; Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, LA (Confirmed)

3:15 p.m.  Coffee Break

3:45 p.m.  The Surgeon’s Role in Contemporary GIST Surgery—How Much is Enough?
Alan Livingstone, MD., Chair of the Department of Surgery at UHealth, University of Miami Health System, FL (Confirmed)

4:30 p.m.  Ask the Experts
Open Panel Chaired by Alexander Lazar, M.D., Ph.D. and Neeta Somaiah, M.D. (Confirmed)

5:30 p.m.  Closing Remarks and Adjourn to Dinner       


For a taste of what a great experience the annual GIST Summits are, take a look at the videos from 2013 here.


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