Third International Chordoma Research Workshop

Bethesda, Maryland
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Third International Chordoma Research Workshop
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 7:00 PM -
Saturday, March 19, 2011 1:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Bethesda North Marriott
5701 Marinelli Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20852
United States

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Join Us on March 17-19, 2011

Workshop Summary:

We invite you to attend the Third International Chordoma Research Workshop (ICRW) to learn about the latest developments in chordoma research, build valuable partnerships, and help set a course for the future of chordoma research.

This workshop is an opportunity to exchange ideas and develop collaborations with a multidisciplinary group of researchers and clinical specialists from across the globe. As in years past, this workshop will stimulate cross-disciplinary thinking spanning a breadth of topics from developmental biology to drug development and advances in surgical approaches.


The workshop begins on the morning of March 17th, with an informal welcome reception held on the night of the 16th and goes through Saturday, March 19th at lunchtime. See draft agenda by clicking on the agenda tab above. Your input is very important in shaping the direction of future chordoma research, so we hope you will participate for the entire meeting.


The workshop will take place at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, conveniently located one block from the the White Flint Metro Station, which is just two stops from the NIH main campus.


Registration for the workshop is $250, which includes all meals throughout the workshop. 

A limited number of scholarships are available for women, under-represented minorities, students, trainees, post-docs and international participants. Contact to apply.

Abstracts and Posters

In order to facilitate the exchange of new information about chordoma, we invite you to submit one or more abstracts describing results from your recent research projects. All participants are encouraged to bring a poster and participate in the poster session. Abstracts submitted by January 31, 2011 will be considered for plenary presentations.

Additional Rewarding Opportunity

On Saturday, March 19th, please join us immediately following the conclusion of the Third ICRW for a luncheon with chordoma survivors and their families. This is an opportunity to meet individuals for whom your work means the most, and who are highly motivated to fund chordoma research.

Feedback from previous ICRW participants:

" The quality of the scientific sessions, in particular but not limited to, the basic developmental biology and pathology talks, was superb. It's an honor to be included in the group of clinicians and scientists that comprise the Chordoma Foundations scientific component. I also enjoyed and was inspired by the sessions with the patients."

"This was an excellently organized and productive meeting – it could serve as a model for how to run bench-to-bedside workshops effectively."

"Excellent symposium; uniquely collaborative & productive."

"Having the workshop and community conference back to back was a major accomplishment. You have marched right past the little hills and headed straight for Mt Everest! I enjoyed participating in the community conference. I learned a lot from both the questions and the responses to them and was very touched by my conversations with some of the conference participants."

"A model initiative demonstrating the power of collaborations between scientists and advocates." 

"One of the major strengths of the ICRW is the diversity of scientific expertise and clinical experience among the participants. Meeting and interacting with chordoma patients and their families at the Community Conference is particularly gratifying."

Third ICRW Organizing Committee

Justin Cates, MD, PhD
Vanderbilt University
John Ferguson, MD NIH Office of Rare Disease Research
Ziya Gokaslan, MD Johns Hopkins University
Francis Hornicek, MD, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital
Paul Meltzer, MD, PhD National Cancer Institute
Dilys Parry, PhD National Cancer Institute
Josh Sommer Chordoma Foundation


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