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International Conference on Brain Tumor Research and Therapy


About the International Conference on Brain Tumor Research and Therapy

The International Conference on Brain Tumor Research and Therapy (ICBTRT) is the preeminent gathering of brain tumor clinicians and researchers from around the world. 

Presentations are made by invitation only, and groundbreaking research outcomes are often presented for the first time ever at this meeting. Many of these new findings will have direct impact on future directions of clinical care and research.

The ICBTRT is held every two years, with hosting privileges rotating among brain tumor research centers around the world.


Kiawah Island and Charleston, South Carolina

Kiawah is a barrier island on the Atlantic coast of the United States, located 25 miles southwest of Charleston, South Carolina. Together, Kiawah Island and Charleston make they are the perfect city and sea experience.

Kiawah Island is known for its pristine beaches, acclaimed golf courses, and Lowcountry cuisine.

International Conference on Brain Tumor Research and Therapy

International Conference on Brain Tumor Research and Therapy


The Charleston area was recently named the #1 small city in the United States by readers of Conde Nast Traveler
and offers unique adventures and outstanding cuisine.

Charleston is a major port on the East Coast and a city rich in history and culture. Attractions include harbor tours, Fort Sumter National Park, the City Market, food tours, and Rainbow Row. 

Charleston has been voted "Best City in the World" by readers of Travel and Leisure for nine consecutive years.


International Conference on Brain Tumor Research and Therapy



ICBTRT attendees will stay at The Sanctuary, an exquisitely designed oceanfront hotel, just 21 miles from Charleston. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a luxury resort that features three pool complexes, a water park, a spa, a fitness center, Camp Kiawah day camp for children, tennis courts, boat charters, kayak and paddleboard rentals, biking trails, and 10 miles of uninterrupted beach.  In addition, it is home to five championship golf courses. Meetings will also be held in the hotel, offering an ideal setting for interaction as well as down time between sessions and after each day's program.

Rooms in the main hotel and one- or two- bedroom villas will be available. Hotel reservations will be made on the conference registration page, and payments for accommodations will be made at check-in.




ICBTRT Conference Registration

Conference registration is $900 per person and inlcudes all scientific sessions, meals, and conference events.

Attendees are welcome to bring guests. The registration fee for each guest is $450 and includes meals and conference events. 

The registration deadline is March 1, 2020.



The closest airport is Charleston International (CHS). Duke will provide ground transportation from CHS to The Sanctuary on Sunday, May 17, every two hours from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. More details will be provided upon registration.



Monday, May 18, 2020

7-8 a.m.

8-10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 

12:30-1:15 p.m.

1:15-4:30 p.m.

4:30-5:30 p.m.

5:30-7:00 p.m.

7-10 p.m.


Joint Session

Sessions A/B


Sessions A/B

Joint Session


Dinner at Mingo Point


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

7-8 a.m.                         

8-9 a.m.


Noon-1 p.m.      

1-4 p.m.

7-10 p.m.


Joint Session

Sessions A/B

Joint Session

Optional Lunch, Activities

Dinner, Terrace Ballroom


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

7-8 a.m.           

8-11 a.m.

11 a.m. - Noon

Noon - 1 p.m.

1 p.m.


Sessions A/B

Joint Session


Closing Remarks



ICBTRT 2020 Host Institution

The Duke Department of Neurosurgery is proud to host the International Conference on Brain Tumor Research and Therapy. The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, a division of Duke Neurosurgery, was established in 1937 and was one of the first brain tumor research and clinical programs in the United States. Since then, it has advanced to become one of the best pediatric and adult neuro-oncology programs in the world—leading the way in comprehensive care that combines research breakthroughs, clinical trials and the newest therapies.


Recent breakthroughs include a study published in 2018 by the New England Journal of Medicine, describing the results of a genetically modified poliovirus therapy developed at Duke that significantly improved long-term survival for patients with recurrent glioblastoma, with a three-year survival rate of 21 percent in a phase 1 clinical trial. Also in 2018 the Center received national news coverage on an article published in Nature Medicine on the discovery of missing T-cells in patients with glioblastoma.  



John Sampson

David Ashley Darell bigner
John H. Sampson, MD, PhD
Chair, Duke Department of
David Ashley, MBBS, PhD
Director, Preston Robert
Tisch Brain Tumor Center 
Darell Bigner, MD, PhD
Director Emeritus, Preston
Robert Brain
Tumor Center 


Call for Abstracts

Abstracts will be accepted via this website only:


Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and should be submitted by February 20, 2020. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to give a 7-, 10-, or 15-minute presentation.

The Scientific Review Committee looks forward to receiving proposals and is happy to respond to any inquiries. Questions may be addressed to Victoria Nguyen at: ICBTRT2020@duke.edu