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Young SIOG activities @ SIOG annual conferences

You can read about the Young SIOG activities during the SIOG Annual Conferences and about the Young SIOG investigators award.

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

SIOG 2017 Annual Conference

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

Young SIOG Research session Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 12:15-13:15 - Warsaw III
This new type of session will include 2 or 3 research proposals that will be presented by young SIOG members, after which a panel of experienced researchers (Martine Extermann (US) & Etienne Brain (FR)) will comment on the research strategy, methodology and chances and opportunities. There will be a plenary discussion on how the proposal may be improved and carried out.

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 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 will be discussed. Members will get the opportunity to give feedback and to bring new ideas to the group.

SIOG 2017 Young Investigator Award
To promote research in the field of geriatric oncology and support the career development of the new generation of experts, the Young SIOG Investigator Award will recognize three young investigators for their outstanding work. Further information on this award.

Meet our 2017 Award finalists:
The SIOG 2017 Young Investigator Award will be handed on during the Presidential Session on Saturday, November 11 at 11:30 in room Warsaw IV & V.

Finalist 1
Kah Poh Loh (US)
Dr. Loh is originally from Malaysia. She graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and completed her internship and residency at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine. She is currently pursuing a fellowship in combined geriatrics and hematology/oncology at University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital in the USA. At the University of Rochester, she works very closely with her mentors, Dr. Supriya Mohile and Dr. Karen Mustian, in multiple projects related to geriatric oncology. Her current research interests include three areas: 1) decision-making process in older adults with acute myeloid leukemia; 2) the effects of exercise in older adults with cancer; and 3) information technology in coordinating care in older adults with cancer. She hopes to become a future clinician, researcher and educator.
Her abstract will be presented during this session.

Finalist 2
Ishwaria Mohan Subbiah (US)
Cancer remains a disease that disproportionately affects older people. Despite accounting for the greatest proportion of those with cancer, older patients represent a significantly lower proportion of patients included in clinical trials. The care of older adults with cancers calls for a substantial understanding of the intricacies of supportive care and geriatrics, oncology as well as phase I/II clinical trial design. Dr. Subbiah is uniquely qualified for this role, having acquired this essential knowledge through her training at MD Anderson first as a Fellow in the Department of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics (A Phase I Program), then in Medical Oncology in the Division of Cancer Medicine and most recently in Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Subbiah has a thorough understanding of phase I and II clinical trial design, novel therapeutics including immunotherapy and targeted therapies, fundamentals of medical oncology practice and symptom management. With this robust foundation, she cultivates a clinical practice and research focus on symptom management in all patients with particular emphasis on the older adults.
Her abstract will be presented during this session.

Finalist 3
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 will be 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
To promote research in the field of geriatric oncology and support the career development of the new generation of experts, the SIOG Young Investigators Award  will once again recognize Young Investigators for their outstanding work. The three pre-selected awardees are: Zachary Horne (US), Melissa Loh (US) and Suzanne Stokmans (NL). 

The 2016 winner was:

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
To promote research in the field of geriatric oncology and support the career development of the new generation of experts, the SIOG Young Investigators Award Session will once again be held and will recognize three Young Investigators for their outstanding work. Pre-selected awardees are: Regina Gironés (ES); Cindy Kenis (BE) and Muhammad Adnan Khattak (AU).

This 2015 winner was:

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.

This 2014 winner was:

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.