UCLA Health | myUCLAhealth | School of Medicine | Accessibility
UCLA Brain Tumor Conference UCLA Brain Tumor Conference
UCLA Brain Tumor Conference
UCLA Brain Tumor Conference
May 17-18, 2019
UCLA Campus  |  Los Angeles, CA
Connect and learn from leading healthcare professionals about the latest care and treatment options for brain tumors.
JOIN US at the 19th Annual UCLA Brain Tumor Conference, and hear leading healthcare professionals and patient advocates speak about the latest treatments for brain tumors, symptom management and resources to help one manage and navigate living with a brain tumor.
Hosted by the UCLA Brain Tumor Center, in collaboration with the American Brain Tumor Association.
Conference Exhibitors
Conference Sessions : Friday, May 17, 2019
About ABTA
Friday, May 17th : 8:45 AM
The American Brain Tumor Association is the nation’s oldest nonprofit dedicated to brain tumor education, support, and research. Come find out about the many ways in which the ABTA is committed to helping the brain tumor community, from offering various patient and caregiver resources, services and support systems to funding and engaging brain tumor researchers.
Scheduled to appear:
• Ralph DeVitto
• Nadia Spawn RN, MSN
Introduction to Brain Tumors
Friday, May 17th : 9:00 AM
Attend this session to get an overview of brain tumors. Brain tumor incidence, how brain tumors form, brain tumor subtypes, and standard and novel treatments will be covered.
Timothy Cloughesy MD
UCLA Medical Center (Ronald Reagan)
Clinical Professor and Director of the UCLA Neuro-Oncology Program, Co-Director of UCLA Brain Tumor Center
Neurosurgical Techniques
Friday, May 17th : 9:30 AM
Won Kim MD
UCLA Medical Center (Ronald Reagan)
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Radiation Therapy
Friday, May 17th : 10:00 AM
Tania Kaprealian MD
UCLA Medical Center (Ronald Reagan)
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Neuro-Imaging of Brain Tumors
Friday, May 17th : 10:30 AM
Noriko Salamon MD
UCLA Medical Center (Ronald Reagan)
Professor, Department of Radiological Sciences; Diagnostic Neuroradiology Section Chief
Brain Tumor Board: Case Reviews
Friday, May 17th : 11:00 AM
A multi-disciplinary review of complex primary brain tumor cases. Moderator: Albert Lai, MD, PhD
Scheduled to appear:
• Timothy Cloughesy MD
• Tom Davidson MD
• Richard Everson MD
• Tania Kaprealian MD
• Won Kim MD
• Albert Lai MD, PhD
• Leia Nghiemphu MD
• Noriko Salamon MD
• William Yong MD
Nutrition for Brain Tumor Patients
Friday, May 17th : 12:45 PM
Learn about brain metabolism and nutrition, what foods provide benefits for brain tumor patients, barriers to eating healthy, and managing your diet during treatment and while living with a brain tumor.
Carolyn Katzin MS, CNS, MNT
Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology
Integrative Oncology Specialist
Medical and Recreational Cannabinoid Use: Toxicity, Safety & Efficacy
Friday, May 17th : 12:45 PM
What do we know about toxicity of recreational and “therapeutic” cannabinoid use? What is the state of the science regarding cannabinoids for symptom management in medical illness? Attend this session to find out and to learn about other important issues pertaining to medical and recreational cannabinoid use.
Thomas B. Strouse MD
UCLA Medical Center (Ronald Reagan)
Professor, UCLA Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences
Coping with Cancer Fatigue
Friday, May 17th : 1:50 PM
Cancer-related fatigue is the most common side effect of cancer treatment. Learn about methods used to help alleviate cancer fatigue.
Arash Asher MD
Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Center
Director, Cancer Survivorship and Rehabilitation
Understanding Language Impairments
Friday, May 17th : 1:50 PM
Language areas of the brain and language deficits that may occur when these areas are damaged are presented. Learn how doctors identify these areas when planning brain tumor intervention, and facts and myths about recovery of function.
Patricia Walshaw PhD
UCLA Medical Center (Ronald Reagan)
Assistant Professor
Ketogenic Diet
Friday, May 17th : 2:40 PM
This session will explore how brain tumor patients may benefit from a ketogenic diet. It will also cover the nutritional components of the diet and common side effects that may occur.
Scheduled to appear:
• Joyce Matsumoto MD
• Sarika Sewak MPH, RD
Neuropsychology and Brain Tumors
Friday, May 17th : 2:40 PM
Learn about cognitive difficulties brain tumor patients may experience and what can be done to manage these difficulties and everyday life involving memory, attention, language, spatial skills, and organization.
Patricia Walshaw PhD
UCLA Medical Center (Ronald Reagan)
Assistant Professor
Updates in Experimental Therapies
Friday, May 17th : 3:45 PM
Experimental therapies are treatments in clinical trial that are not yet approved by the FDA. Clinical trials help us find other treatment options for brain cancer and also help define benefits of existing treatments. In this presentation, we will discuss types of agents in clinical trials and current trials available at UCLA.
Leia Nghiemphu MD
UCLA Medical Center (Ronald Reagan)
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology

Conference Sessions : Saturday, May 18, 2019
Understanding the Caregiver Experience (A Caregiver Panel)
Saturday, May 18th : 9:00 AM
Caregivers are often faced with challenges when their loved one is diagnosed with a brain tumor. Attend this session to hear from a panel of caregivers share their experiences and how they manage to cope with the effects it has had on their lives.
Jacqueline Dillon LCSW
UCLA Oncology Center - Neuro/Hematology
Clinical Social Worker
Symptom Management
Saturday, May 18th : 9:00 AM
Symptoms from brain tumors and side-effects from associated treatments are discussed. Learn about what you can do to manage them.
Lauren Michelson RN, MSN, NP
UCLA Medical Center (Ronald Reagan)
Nurse Practitioner
Legal Issues: Employment & Benefits
Saturday, May 18th : 9:00 AM
Navigating a cancer diagnosis in the workplace poses potential challenges and pitfalls. This presentation will discuss laws that offer protections to patients in various stages of employment and discuss ways that employees can use those laws to maintain income and access benefits.
Dayana Pelayo JD
Cancer Legal Resource Center
Staff Attorney
Qi Gong
Saturday, May 18th : 9:00 AM
Qi gong means "the study of energy." Participate in this exercise, which is a series of movements and coordinated breathing that is designed to maintain shining health and excellent focus. Learn how to integrate this exercise into recovery.
Michael Sieverts
Qi Gong Instructor
Integrating Psychosocial Support Into Treatment: A Patient-Survivor Panel
Saturday, May 18th : 10:00 AM
Please join in this open discussion and Q&A with participants from the Brain Tumor Support Group at Cancer Support Community Los Angeles. Topics will include making treatment decisions, side effects of care, and the social and emotional impact on a person diagnosed with a brain tumor. Bring your questions and join the inspiring and educational workshop.
Shannon La Cava PsyD
Cancer Support Community Los Angeles
Chief Clinical Officer, Director of Programs & Research
Seizure Management
Saturday, May 18th : 10:00 AM
A seizure is a common symptom that brain tumor patients may experience. In this session, learn about types of seizures, causes, and risk factors. Also learn how seizures can be managed and what medications are used for treatment.
Donna Molaie MD
UCLA Department of Neurology | David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Neuro-Oncology Fellow
Navigating Health Insurance
Saturday, May 18th : 10:00 AM
Health insurance can be complex and frustrating to patients attempting to advocate for care. This presentation will offer ideas and strategies to allow patients to learn what health insurance options exist and how to get the most out of their existing plan.
Dayana Pelayo JD
Cancer Legal Resource Center
Staff Attorney
Overcoming Cognitive Challenges after Brain Tumor Diagnosis and Treatment
Saturday, May 18th : 10:00 AM
Dr. Van Dyk, a UCLA neuropsychologist specializing in cancer survivorship, will discuss common cognitive difficulties that may develop after a brain tumor. She will review how these cognitive challenges can impact a person's daily life, and go over supportive cognitive strategies to improve day-to-day functioning. Dr. Van Dyk will also describe cognitive rehabilitation services at UCLA.
Kathleen Van Dyk PhD
UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry
Clinical Instructor and Neuropsychologist
The Basics of Mindfulness for Self Care and Stress Management
Saturday, May 18th : 11:00 AM
Mindfulness is the art of openly and actively paying attention to experience the present moment. This approach has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and wellness. This workshop will engage participants in several experiential practices where they will explore the basics of mindfulness meditation as well as methods to cultivate positive emotions, with special emphasis on reduction of stress
Marvin Belzer PhD
UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Adjunct Associate Professor; Associate Director, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center;
Understanding Clinical Trials
Saturday, May 18th : 11:00 AM
Clinical trials are research studies aimed at improving health and cancer care. Find out more details about different types of clinical trials, why they are conducted, who is eligible to participate, and the pros and cons of participating in one. If interested in learning about the latest experimental therapies, please attend “Updates in Experimental Therapies” on Friday, May 17th.
Stacey Green DNP, RN, GNP-BC, AOCNP
UCLA Medical Center (Ronald Reagan)
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Clinical Research
Coping with Aphasia
Saturday, May 18th : 11:00 AM
Aphasia is a speech-language comprehension disorder that can be caused by brain tumors. Attend this session to learn more about aphasia and what types of therapies are available.
Joan McCulloch MS
UCLA Audiology and Speech Pathology Clinic
Senior Speech Pathologist
Advance Care Planning
Saturday, May 18th : 11:00 AM
It is important to discuss with your loved ones your wishes and plans for your future health care and end of life care. This session will cover things you should consider to ensure your preferences for your future care are met in the event you are unable to communicate or make your decisions on your own.
Neil Wenger MD, MPH
UCLA Medical Center (Ronald Reagan)
Internal Medicine
Support for Families of Children with Brain Tumors
Saturday, May 18th : 12:45 PM
Facing the challenges of having a child diagnosed with a brain tumor can be overwhelming for the whole family. Attend this session to learn about helping children and family members understand the disease, ways families can cope, and guidance on seeking support.
Understanding the Family Experience: A Family Panel
Saturday, May 18th : 12:45 PM
Listen to a panel of family members share experiences with brain tumors and how they have managed to cope with the effects it has had on their family lives.
Jacqueline Dillon LCSW
UCLA Oncology Center - Neuro/Hematology
Clinical Social Worker
End of Life Issues: Symptoms and Clinical Transitions
Saturday, May 18th : 12:45 PM
Learn about end of life care for brain tumor patients, what changes to expect, and palliative and hospice care.
Nanette Fong RN, MSN, NP
UCLA Medical Center (Ronald Reagan)
Nurse Practitioner
Nutrition (repeat from Friday, 5/17)
Saturday, May 18th : 12:45 PM
Learn about brain metabolism and nutrition, what foods provide benefits for brain tumors patients, barriers to eating healthy, and managing your diet during treatment and while living with a brain tumor.
Carolyn Katzin MS, CNS, MNT
Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology
Integrative Oncology Specialist
Movement for Mind, Body, and Spirit
Saturday, May 18th : 12:45 PM
Experience the stress-reducing and mood-lifting power of movement with music, as you listen to your body and allow it to guide you without judgment. Discover the joy and connection with others that this may bring. It may even reduce your pain. These are activities that you can do on a daily basis for self-care.
Rachael Singer MS, R-DMT
Registered Dance/Movement Therapist
What You and Your Family Should Know About the Social Security Disability (SSDI) Program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability Program
Saturday, May 18th : 12:45 PM
The Social Security Administration administers disability benefits for many people. Social Security reaches almost every family, and at some point will touch the lives of nearly all Americans. In this session, learn about the SSDI ad SSI Programs and how it can help workers who have become disabled.
Jacqueline Zaragoza
Social Security Administration
Public Affairs Specialist
Tumor Type: Glioblastoma Multiforme & Anaplastic Tumors
Saturday, May 18th : 1:45 PM
An in-depth look at treatment options for GBM and Anaplastic tumors are presented. Learn about first line and recurrent treatments, molecular biomarkers, targeted therapies, clinical outcomes and the latest on clinical research trials for GBM and anaplastic tumors.
Timothy Cloughesy MD
UCLA Medical Center (Ronald Reagan)
Clinical Professor and Director of the UCLA Neuro-Oncology Program, Co-Director of UCLA Brain Tumor Center
Tumor Type: Pediatrics and Rare CNS Tumors
Saturday, May 18th : 1:45 PM
Learn about rare adult brain tumors and brain tumors that affect children, such as Medulloblastoma, Ependymoma, CNS Lymphoma, pineal region tumors, and germ cell tumors (among others). Bring your questions - these tumor types will be discussed in a "Question & Answer" format.
Tom Davidson MD
UCLA Medical Center (Ronald Reagan) and UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology
Tumor Type: Meningiomas
Saturday, May 18th : 1:45 PM
This lecture will cover the history, pathology and the different classifications of meningioma. Symptoms, standard treatment options, and clinical trials for this tumor type will also be covered.
Richard Green MD
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
Director of Neuro-Oncology
Tumor Type: Oligodendroglioma and Low Grade Tumors
Saturday, May 18th : 1:45 PM
Get a closer look at low grade tumors. Epidemiology, treatment options and future directions are discussed.
Albert Lai MD, PhD
UCLA Medical Center (Ronald Reagan)
Associate Professor In-Residence, Neurology
Tumor Type: Pediatrics and Rare CNS Tumors
Saturday, May 18th : 1:45 PM
Learn about rare adult brain tumors and brain tumors that affect children, such as Medulloblastoma, Ependymoma, CNS Lymphoma, pineal region tumors, and germ cell tumors (among others). Bring your questions - these tumor types will be discussed in a "Question & Answer" format.
Leia Nghiemphu MD
UCLA Medical Center (Ronald Reagan)
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology