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GIST Information Support & Therapy Summit
September 17, 2016

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Dr. Neeta Somaiah and Dr. Jonathan Trent, in partnership with GIST Support International (GSI) and M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, are pleased to invite you to the Eighth Annual GIST Summit to be held on Saturday, September 17 at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

This free-of-charge Summit is being sponsored through educational grants from Novartis Oncology, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Blueprint, and Ignyta. The program will begin with breakfast, followed by numerous presentations on the current state of GIST as well as future treatments, lunch, more presentations, and finally will end with dinner. All meals and refreshments are being provided for our patients and caregivers.

GSI hopes you will be able to join us and listen to these relevant and informative talks, meet with old friends and new, and catch up on the latest science.  Our seven previous GIST Summits have been great successes, and we think this year’s get-together promises the same.  Our program is exciting as ever and is 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 wanted to ask, but you will also have plenty of time to meet with other GIST patients and caregivers and to share experiences.

We are looking forward to seeing you at GSI’s GIST Summit! 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.

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8:00 a.m.   Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m.   Welcome from 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 

9:05 a.m.   The Basics of GIST from the Expert in Layman’s Terms 

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 

10:00 a.m.  Coffee Break

10:20 a.m.  What Makes GIST Tic?  The Pathology of GIST 

Alexander Lazar, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Pathology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Selective Pathology Fellowship Training Program, Houston, TX 

11:15a.m.  Research and Advances in GIST Research

Lee J. Helman, M.D., Senior Investigator Pediatric Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD

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

2:15 p.m.  GIST Research Based on YOU—Ongoing and Upcoming Trials

Robert G. Maki, M.D., Ph.D., FACP, Professor of Medicine, Hematology & Medical Oncology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York--INVITED

3:15 p.m.  Coffee Break

3:45 p.m.  Immunotherapy for the Treatment of GIST

Steven C. Katz, M.D., Director of Surgical Immunotherapy and Director of the Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, R.I.

4:45 p.m.  Ask the Experts—All GIST Expert Physicians

Remarks by Robert S. Benjamin, M.D., P.H. and Fay E. Robinson Distinguished Professor, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas Center, Houston, TX

6:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks and Adjourn to Dinner  

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