“Conquering Cancer in Armenia with a Smile” International Conference

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“CONQUERING CANCER IN ARMENIA WITH A SMILE”
International Cancer Conference in cooperation with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

Keynote speakers

Oliver Bogler.

Oliver Bogler, PhD

Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor at the Department of Neurosurgery and Department of Neuro-Oncology,  The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Director of the Brain Tumor Research Center

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Hagop Kantarjian, MD

Chairman and Professor of Leukemia Department, Associate Vice President for Global Academic Programs, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Agop Bedikian, MD

Professor Emeritus of Melanoma Medical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Karen Francis, MBA

Project Director, Global Academic Programs, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Ara Vaporciyan, MD, F.A.C.S, MHPE

Chairman and Professor of Cardio-thoracic Department, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Director of American Board of Thoracic Surgery

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Marina Konopleva, MD, PhD

Professor at the Departments of Leukemia and Stem Cell Transplantation, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Carlos Bueso Ramos

Carlos Bueso-Ramos, MD, PhD

Professor at the Department of Hematopathology, Chief of Diagnostic Bone Marrow, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Maro Ohanian, DO

Assistant Professor at the Department of Leukemia, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Leslie Lehmann, MD

Clinical Director of Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Center at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard School of Medicine

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Irini Albanti, MA, MPH

Manager of the Global Health Initiative at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health

Kathy Houlahan

Kathleen Houlahan, RN, MHA, MSN

Director of Pediatric Oncology Nursing and Clinical Services at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

Jorge Fernandez

Jorge Fernandez, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker at the Division of Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

Brian Delaney

Brian Delaney, PsyD

Director of Psychology Fellowship in Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology and Senior Psychologist at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Instructor in Psychology at the Harvard School of Medicine

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Avo Artinyan, MD, MSc, F.A.C.S.

Chief of Colorectal Surgery, Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of Simulation Center, Baylor College of Medicine
2016 President of the Armenian Association of Hematology and Oncology

 

Local Organizers
Yerevan State Medical University
Armenian Association of Hematology and Oncology
City of Smile Foundation
IDeA Foundation
Young Oncologists Group of Armenia
Armenian Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Group

with the support of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia

Supporters
Bridge of Health Charitable Foundation
Fund for Armenian Relief
US Alumni Association of Armenia
Harvard Club of Armenia
Go2Armenia

Sponsors
Hoffman La Roche Armenia
Liqvor Pharmaceuticals
Sanofi Aventis Armenia
Abbott Armenia
Berlin Chemie

Organizing Committee

President
Avo Artinyan
President of the Armenian Association of Hematology and Oncology
Chief of Colorectal Cancer Surgery and Director of Simulation Center, Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX, USA)

International Organizing Committee
Samvel Danielyan (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Karen Francis (Houston, TX, USA)
Irini Albanti (Boston, MA, USA)
Astghik Voskanyan (Mannhaim, Germany)
Agnessa Sargsyan (Moscow, Russia)

Scientific Secretary
Gevorg Tamamyan

Local Organizing Committee

Mikayel Narimanyan
Yervand Sahakyan
Konstantin Yenkoyan
Seyran Kocharyan
Karen Akopyan
Natalya Proshyan
Bagrat Baveyan
Armen Avagyan
Mher Kostanyan
Lilit Sargsyan
Davit Zohrabyan
Lilit Harutyunyan
Liana Safaryan
Lusine Hakobyan
Vahagn Hambardzumyan
Armen Harutyunyan
Gagik Hambardzumyan
Artur Avetisyan
Aleksandr Aghavelyan
Angela Hayrapetyan
Zhirayr Malakyan
Armen Mkhitaryan
Narine Movsisyan
Lusine Hovhannisyan
Yeva Asribabayan
Alisa Kamalyan
Hovhannes Vardevanyan
Vahan Bezirganyan
Samvel Iskanyan
Samvel Arakelyan
Kristina Poghosyan
Anahit Barseghyan
Karen Grigoryan
Varduhi Arakelyan
Alla Hambardzumyan
Araksya Dovlatbekyan
Lida Melikyan
Hrachya Mkhitaryan
Samvel Bardakchyan
Sergey Mkhitaryan
Izabella Azizyan
Liana Avetisyan
Mesrop Alexanyan
Nvard Hovhannisyan
Tigran Melikyan
Gohar Parsadanyan
Kima Ghulyan

 

Program

May 18, 2016 (at the Yerevan State Medical University)

 08:30 – 09:00 Registration
 09:00 – 09:30  Welcome speeches

 

09:30 – 10:00 MD Anderson Cancer Center and its missionOliver Bogler, PhD (Houston, TX, USA)  – Senior Vice-President, Professor of Neuro-oncology, Director of Brain Research Center, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Moderators:

Armen Minassian, MD – Manager of the Foundation’s Affairs of the IDeA Foundation

Nune Yeghiazaryan, MPH, PhD – President of the Harvard Club of Armenia, Country Director of the Armenian EyeCare Project

 

10:00 – 10:30 Treating leukemias for 3 decades: focus on chronic leukemiasHagop Kantarjian, MD (Houston, TX, USA) – Chairman and Professor of Leukemia Department, Associate Vice President for Global Academic Programs, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Moderators:
Mihran Nazaretyan, MD, PhD, DrSc – 1st Minister of Health of Armenia (1990-1991), Hematologist, Medical Director of the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry
Lilit Sargsyan, MD – Pediatric hematologist/oncologist, Clinic of Chemotherapy of Muratsan Hospital Complex of YSMU, Lecturer of Oncology of YSMU, CEO of the City of Smile Foundation

10:30 – 11:00 Treating cancer for half century: focus on melanomaAgop Bedikian, MD (Houston, TX, USA) – Professor Emeritus of Melanoma Medical Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Moderators:

Artur Avetisyan, MD, PhD – Chief Physician of the National Oncology Center
Lilit Harutyunyan, MD – Medical Oncologist, Clinic of Chemotherapy of Muratsan Hospital Complex of YSMU, President of the Young Oncology Group of Armenia

11:00 – 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 – 11:40 Pediatric Stem Cell TransplantationLeslie Lehmann, MD (Boston, MA, USA) – Clinical Director of Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Center and Medical/Faculty Director of the Global Health Initiative at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorder Center, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard School of Medicine

Moderators:

Davit Zohrabyan, MD – Medical Oncologist, Clinic of Chemotherapy of Muratsan Hospital Complex of YSMU, European Society of Medical Oncology National Representative in Armenia

Serine Avagyan, MD, PhD – Pediatric hematology/oncology Fellow, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center (Boston, MA, USA)

 

11:40 – 12:10 Lung cancer: multidisciplinary approachAra Vaporciyan, MD, F.A.C.S, MHPE (Houston, TX, USA) – Chairman and Professor of Cardiothoracic Department, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Director of American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Moderators:

Mher Kostanyan, MD, PhD – Interim chairman of the Department of Oncology of YSMU, Oncologist at the National Oncology Center

Liana Safaryan, MD – Medical Oncologist, Clinic of Chemotherapy of Muratsan Hospital Complex of YSMU

12:10 – 12:40 Colorectal CancerAvo Artinyan, MD (Houston, TX, USA) – Chief of Colorectal Surgery, Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of Simulation Center, Baylor College of Medicine

2016 President of the Armenian Association of Hematology and Oncology

Moderators:
Armen Avagyan, MD – Interim chief of the Clinic of Chemotherapy of Muratsan Hospital Complex of YSMU, CEO of the Armenian Association of Hematology and Oncology
Hovhannes Vardevanyan, MD – Head of Radiology Department, Armenian-American Wellness Center

 12:40 – 13:40  Lunch

 

 13:40 – 14:10 Award CeremonyHanns Funk Annual 2016 Award

 

14:10 – 14:30 TEDxYerevan Team Moderators:

Irini Albanti, DrPH (cand), MPH, MA – Director of the Global Health Initiative at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Instructor of Practice at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Boston, MA, USA)

Aleksandr Shagafyan – CEO of the US Alumni Association of Armenia

14:30 – 15:00 How we treat acute lymphoblastic leukemiaMarina Konopleva, MD, PhD (Houston, TX, USA) – Professor at the Departments of Leukemia and Stem Cell Transplantation, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Moderators:

Tamara Sarkisian, MD, PhD, DrSc – Chairman of the Department of Genetics of YSMU, Director of the Center of Medical Genetics and Primary Healthcare

Kristina Poghosyan, MD – Hematologist/oncologist, Hematology Center

15:00 – 15:30 How we treat acute myeloid leukemiaMaro Ohanian, DO (Houston, TX, USA) – Assistant Professor at the Department of Leukemia, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Moderators:

Lusine Hakobyan, MD – Hematologist/oncologist, Clinic of Chemotherapy of Muratsan Hospital Complex of YSMU

Aline Aywaz, MSc – Head of Immunophenotyping and Cytogenetic Departments, Hematology Center

15:30 – 16:00 Afternoon session with pathologistCarlos Bueso-Ramos, MD, PhD (Houston, TX, USA) – Professor at the Department of Hematopathology, Chief of Diagnostic Bone Marrow, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Moderators:
Armen Mkhitaryan, MD, PhD –  Chief pathologist of Yerevan city, Chief of Pathology Department of Muratsan Hospital Complex of YSMU

 

Parandzem Khachatryan, MD, PhD – Chief of Pathology Department of Heratsi Hospital Complex of YSMU

16:00 – 16:30 The role of the nurse in oncologyKathleen (Kathy) Houlahan, MSN, MHA, RN (Boston, MA, USA) – Nurse Director of the  Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and member of the Global Health Initiative

Moderators:

Narine Movsisyan, MD – Palliative care specialist, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology of YSMU

Nune Dolyan, MD – Health Program Manager, Children of Armenia Fund (COAF)

16:30 – 17:00 The role of the psychosocial program in pediatric oncologyBrian Delaney, PsyD (Boston, MA, USA) – Director of Psychology Fellowship in Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology, Senior Psychologist and member of the Global Health Initiative at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School
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Jorge Fernandez, LICSW (Boston, MA, USA) – Senior Member of the Division of Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology and member of the Global Health Initiative at  Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

Moderators:

Anna Balyan, MD, PhD – Head of Heratsi Outpatient Clinic

Edgar Gyanjumyan – Famous Composer and Leukemia Survivor

 

17:00 – 17:30 Closing Ceremony
   

 

May 19, 2016 – Master Classes

16:30 – 18:00

  1. Master class on leukemia and stem cell transplantation with Prof. Hagop Kantarjian, Prof. Marina Konopleva and Dr. Maro Ohanian (MD Anderson Cancer Center) and Dr. Leslie Lehmann (Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s) – Muratsan Hospital Complex of YSMU
  2. Master class on melanoma with Prof. Agop Bedikian (MD Anderson Cancer Center) – National Oncology Center
  3. Master class on lung cancer with Prof. Ara Vaporciyan (MD Anderson Cancer Center) – National Oncology Center
  4. Master class with pathologist with Prof. Carlos Bueso-Ramos (MD Anderson Cancer Center) – Heratsi Hospital Complex of YSMU
  5. Master class on pediatric oncology nursing with Kathy Houluhann (Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s) – Muratsan Hospital Complex of YSMU
  6. Master class on psychosocial programs in oncology with Jorge Fernandez and Brian Delaney (Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s) – Yerevan State University


May 20, 2016 – Master Classes
14:00 – 16:00

  1. Master class on colorectal cancer with Assoc. Prof. Avo Artinyan (Baylor College of Medicine) –  Mikaelyan Institute of Surgery

The registration is FREE!

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