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Young SIOG activities @ SIOG annual conferences

You can read about the Young SIOG activities during the Annual Conferences and the Young SIOG investigator award by following the links provided here:

- SIOG 2018 Annual Conference - Amsterdam
- SIOG 2017 Annual Conference - Warsaw
- SIOG 2016 Annual Conference - Milan
- SIOG 2015 Annual Conference - Prague
- SIOG 2014 Annual Conference - Lisbon

 Young SIOG Investigator Award
This award aims to promote research in the field of geriatric oncology and support the career development of the new generation of experts. Selected for the outstanding quality of their work, three Young SIOG Investigators competed for this SIOG Award.


SIOG 2018 Annual Conference

Young SIOG Research Session
Friday, November 16
12:15-13:15 - Breakout room
SIOG and its supporting community strongly believe in the power of the young experts for driving innovation and solutions to address the unmet health needs of the ageing population in the area of oncology.  In the target for better health for all within the framework of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, SIOG emphasises the need to explore practical strategies for increasing resources towards the strengthening of the young health workforce.

Young SIOG Dinner
Friday, November 16
from 19:00 - Café Goos
Following the success of last years event, we will organize a Young SIOG dinner during the annual conference. The dinner will take place at Friday November 16th at 19:30 at Cafe Goos ), at walking distance of the RAI conference center.
If you would like to attend the dinner, please send me an email at before October 31st. Please note that costs are not covered by Young SIOG.

Young SIOG Poster Walk
Saturday, November 17
11:00-11:30 - Poster area

Young SIOG General Assembly
Sunday, November 18
12:45-13:45 - Plenary room

SIOG 2018 Young Investigator Award
This award ceremony will take place during the Presidential Session on Sunday, November 18 at 11:30 in the plenary room. The three finalists are: Lucy Dumas (GB), Esteban Souwer (NL) and Grant Williams (US).

Lucy Dumas (GB)

Dr Lucy Dumas is currently a clinical research fellow working towards an MD(Res) under the supervision of Dr. Susana Banerjee at the Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London.  She graduated from Guys, Kings and St Thomas’s school of medicine at Kings College London in 2007.  Having completed her general medical training including over a year of posting in geriatric medicine, she took up a training post in medical oncology at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in 2012.  She has taken time out of training to undertake a higher degree focusing on the treatment of older women with gynaecological malignancies and was awarded a fellowship from the London Cancer Alliance-Biomedical Research Centre in 2016.  She is a member of the NCRI Older Women Working Group and the UK Expert Reference Group: Cancer Care of the Older Person.  Her current research interests are the prognostic value and incorporation of non-invasive biomarkers such as sarcopenia into the assessment of older patients, the views and expectations of treatment for advanced epithelial ovarian cancer in older women and the implementation of comprehensive geriatric assessment into routine clinical practice in gynaecology units in the UK. 

Esteban Souwer (NL)

Daniël is a resident Internal Medicine at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands and will start his fellowship Medical Oncology in 2021. He graduated from Groningen Medical School in 2010 and is now PhD Candidate Geriatric Oncology working very closely with his mentors Prof. dr. Johanna Portielje and dr. Frederiek van den Bos. His thesis will be called ´Improving Cancer care for older colorectal cancer patients’. His current research focusses on three colorectal cancer topics: first, preoperative risk factors for surgical outcomes of colorectal surgery in older patients. Second, prehabiltiation and rehabilitation as a way to improve outcomes for older patients and third, health related quality of life before and after colorectal surgery. During the SIOG conference in 2017 in Warsaw, the first results of his research were presented and during SIOG 2018 he is selected for an oral presentation of his recent research about prediction models in colorectal cancer. His other research interests include lung cancer and ovarian cancer.
He developed research consortia to improve collaboration in geriatric-oncology research. Daniel was chair of multiple committees related to medical education and was resident representative for three years. Currently, he is the chair of the network of young health care workers in Dutch Top Clinical Hospitals. He is committed to improve patient care, not only through research and education, but also by promoting national and international collaboration of health-care workers early in their careers.

Grant Williams (US)

Grant R. Williams, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Divisions of Hematology/Oncology and Gerontology, Geriatrics, & Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the USA. As a dually trained geriatrician and medical oncologist that clinically specializes in the management of gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies, his research bridges the fields of geriatrics and oncology, and is focused on refining treatment selection and improving the outcomes of older adults with GI malignancies. His research involves the use of geriatric assessment and novel biomarkers, such molecular markers of agingand body composition, to better evaluate functional age and developing interventional clinical trials to improve the tolerance and outcomes of older adults undergoing cancer treatment. His long-term goal is to become an independently-funded physician scientist to address the challenges in caring for the increasing number of older adults with cancer. Dr. Williams went to college at Tulane University, attended medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine, and completed internal medicine residency and fellowships in Geriatric Medicine and Medical Oncology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research is supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) and the Walter B. Frommeyer Fellowship in Investigative Medicine at UAB, and he is currently mentored by Smita Bhatia MD, MPH, Hyman Muss, MD, and Seth Landefeld MD.   


SIOG 2017 Annual Conference

The following activities will take place during the 17th Annual Conference:

Young SIOG Poster discussion - Friday, November 10, 2017 - 11:00-11:30 - Poster area
Check out the best prospective and innovative studies for each of our five SIOG 2017 scientific tracks (P006, P038, P043, P067, P104) led by Arti Hurria and Martin Extermann.

Young SIOG Research session Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 12:15-13:15 - Warsaw III
This new session included 3 research proposals that were presented by young SIOG members, after which a panel of experienced researchers (Martine Extermann (US) & Etienne Brain (FR)) commented on the research strategy, methodology and chances and opportunities. There was a plenary discussion on how the proposal may be improved and carried out.
12:15-12:25 Research proposal 1: Predicting treatment morbidity from sorafenib in elderly patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with varying liver dysfunction Sukeshi Patel Arora (US)
12:25-12:35 Panel discussion Martine Extermann (US) and Etienne Brain (FR)
12:35-12:45 Research proposal 2: Peer-questioned assessment of premorbid geriatric function in patients with AML and its impact on survival and treatment tolerability Nina Neuendorff (DE)
12:45-12:55 Panel discussion Martine Extermann (US) and Etienne Brain (FR)
12:55-13:05 Research proposal 3: Oncologists’ perspectives of the survivorship care plans for older breast cancer survivors Jessica L. Krok (US)
13:05-13:15 Panel discussion Martine Extermann (US) and Etienne Brain (FR)

Young SIOG General assembly - Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 12:45-13:45 - Warsaw IV & V
Chair: Nienke de Glas (NL)
Young SIOG is a SIOG Interest Group that reaches out to all young clinicians and researchers who work in all disciplines that deal with cancer in older patients. In this Young SIOG session ongoing and future projects of the group were discussed. Members got the opportunity to give feedback and to bring new ideas to the group.

SIOG 2017 Young Investigator Award
The three finalists were: Kah Poh Loh (US), Ishwaria Subbiah (US) and Melisa Wong (US). 

Recipient of the 2017 Young SIOG Investigator Award

Melisa Wong (US)
Melisa L. Wong, MD, MAS is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the USA. As a thoracic oncologist, her clinical work and research focus on understanding and improving the care of older adults with lung cancer. Dr. Wong is currently mentored by Chris Miaskowski, RN, PhD, Louise Walter, MD, Arti Hurria, MD, and Alex Smith, MD, MS, MPH to study the impact of chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and targeted therapy on functional status, quality of life, and symptoms in older adults with lung cancer. Her research is supported by the National Institute on Aging Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR R03), UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute Career Development Award (CTSI KL2), UCSF Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center Research Education Core Scholar Award, and Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Vicky Merryman Women Who Conquer Cancer Young Investigator Award. Dr. Wong completed medical school, internal medicine residency, and medical oncology fellowship at UCSF. In addition, she completed advanced research training as an Aging Research T32 Fellow in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics and earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Research in the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. 
Her abstract was presented during this session.



SIOG 2016 Annual Conference

The following activities will take place during the 16th Annual Conference:

Young SIOG Mentorship session - Thursday, November 17 - 12:30-13:30 - Club Bar
Chairs: Nienke de Glas and Mandy Kiderlen (NL)

12:30-12:45 - Difficulties in starting clinical studies in older patients - Tanya Wildes (US)
12:45-13:00 - How to become a successful researcher in geriatric oncology - Pierre Soubeyran (FR)
13:00-13:15 - Starting your career in geriatric oncology - Holly Holmes (US)
13:15-13:30 - Why more oncologists do not embrace the concept of geriatric oncology and why more geriatricians miss the opportunities to connect with the oncologists - Armin Sharohkni (US)

Young SIOG Poster walk - Friday, November 18, 2016 - 10:30-11:00 - Poster area in room Washington A
Check out the best prospective and innovative studies for each of our five SIOG 2016 scientific tracks (P037, P042, P056, P073 and P093) led by Arti Hurria and Demetris Papamichael.
Meeting point is the SIOG booth.

Young SIOG Plenary session - Saturday, November 19 - 12:30-13:30 - Washington B
Chair: Nienke de Glas (NL)
The Young SIOG is a SIOG Interest Group that reaches out to all young clinicians and researchers who work in all disciplines that deal with cancer in older patients. In this plenary session of Young SIOG, ongoing and future projects of the group will be discussed. Members will get the opportunity to give feedback and to bring new ideas to the group.

SIOG 2016 Young Investigators Award
The three finalists were: Zachary Horne (US), Melissa Loh (US) and Suzanne Stokmans (NL). 

Recipient of the 2016 Young SIOG Investigator Award

Zachary Horne (United States of America) 

Zachary D. Horne studied medicine at The George Washington University (United States) and received his medical degree in 2013.  He is now a fourth year resident in Radiation Oncology at The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.  He anticipates a career in academic radiation oncology to continue pursuing research within the field with special attention to the geriatric population both in terms of patient outcomes and the cognitive/psychosocial effects of cancer and radiation therapy.  His other research interests include the utilization of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy for early stage lung cancer and oligometastatic disease and the emotional/cognitive impacts of gynecologic brachytherapy.

 His abstract (O02) was presented on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 09:15 in room Club Bar.



SIOG 2015 Annual Conference

The following activities will take place during the 15th Annual Conference:

Young SIOG Mentorship session - Thursday 12 November - 12:45-13:45
1. Performing clinical studies in a non-university hospital - Johanneke Portielje (NL)
2. What can we learn from the educational committee? - Tina Hsu (CA)
3. Experiences of a medical oncologist treating older patients with gynaecological malignancies - Manuel Rodrigues (FR)

Young SIOG General Assembly - Thursday 12 November - 18:30-19:00

SIOG 2015 Young Investigators Award
The three finalists were:  Regina Gironés (ES); Cindy Kenis (BE) and Muhammad Adnan Khattak (AU).

Recipient of the 2015 Young SIOG Investigator Award

Cindy Kenis
UZ Leuven,
Leuven, Belgium

Cindy Kenis has achieved her Bachelor degree in Nursing at KH Leuven (2002) and her Master in Nursing Science at KU Leuven (2005), Belgium.

As a geriatric oncology nurse, she is coordinating the largest multicentric studies within the Belgian Cancer Plan (CP) (CP 2009-2011: 10 centres; CP 2012-2015: 22 centres) focusing on the systematic implementation of geriatric screening and assessment in older patients with cancer, followed by geriatric recommendations / interventions and follow-up.

Based on her experience, she started a PhD in 2013 within the field of geriatric oncology with the title: ‘Geriatric screening and assessment in older patients with cancer’.


SIOG 2014 Annual Conference

SIOG 2014 Young Investigators Award
The three finalists were: Dr Hadi M. Khan, Dr MJ Molina-Garrido and Dr Maren Schmidt.

Recipient of the 2014 Young SIOG Investigator Award

MJ Molina-Garrido, MD, PhD.
Head of the Division of Cancer in the Elderly
Hospital General Virgen de la Luz
Cuenca, Spain

She studied Medicine at the University of Murcia (Spain) and received her medical degree in 2001. She is a Specialist in Medical Oncology and also holds a Diploma in Geriatrics in the Autonoma University of Barcelona. She has completed a Master in Geriatry and Gerontology in the University of Barcelona. In 2006, she finished her training as an Oncologist (Hospital Universitario de Elche, Alicante-Spain) and now, she concentrates on geriatric assessment, sarcopenia and frailty in elderly cancer patients. In 2011 she was appointed Director of the Division of Cancer in the Elderly in Hospital General Virgen de la Luz in Cuenca, with special responsibilities for research. She has participated in many international clinical trials in cancer and several studies about elderly cancer patients. She is the main author of many international original articles related to cancer in the elderly and is the main designer and the main investigator in research projects related to elderly cancer patients.