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Department Holds First Christopher Davidson Forum

Washington University School of Medicine’s Department of Neurosurgery will host its first Christopher Davidson Forum: Envisioning the Future of Brain Tumor Therapy Friday, Sept. 9 through Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at the Holden Auditorium in the Farrell Learning & Teaching Center at WUSM.

The two-day cross-disciplinary symposium will feature some of the top national leaders in neuro-oncology who will share exciting new developments into effective treatments for patients with malignant gliomas.

Generously supported by the Knight/Davidson Family, the Forum honors the legacy of Christopher Davidson, a St. Louis native, who lost his battle to brain cancer.

“We have the potential [with the Christopher Davidson Forum] to shape the trajectory of emerging brain tumor therapies,” said Eric C. Leuthardt, MD, director of the Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology and the Brain Laser Center and one of the moderators of the event.

Dr. Leuthardt, a neurosurgeon and professor at the Department of Neurological Surgery and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at WUSTL School of Medicine, specializes in brainmapping for patients with brain tumors and epilepsy. He hopes the symposium will help to chart new paths in the field of brain tumor therapy – and inch one step close to finding a cure.

Keynote speakers include:
Brain Mapping Section: Mitch Berger, MD, University of California San Francisco
Tumor Biology Section: Peter Dirks, MD, PhD, University of Toronto

Tumor Immunology Section: John Sampson, MD, PhD, MBA, MHSc, Duke University

For more information, contact  Jeanette Schillizzi at 314.362.5039 or