GIF 2017 will follow the traditional form of a closed meeting for the invitees and will facilitate free/confidential discussions on the topics, as listed below. Following the introductions, experienced, longstanding GIF members will chair the proposed topic discussions in key areas of glioma invasion, at which everybody else will be expected to contribute verbally or with a few slides by prior arrangement with the nominated chairs. PhD students and younger investigators are particularly welcomed, as GIF offers the opportunity for student/researcher exchange between different international laboratories.


Sunday, April 23rd

15:00 – 15:45

Tamara Lah:  Welcome and introduction

Geoff Pilkington: GIF 2017: How far have we come to understanding glioma invasion?

15:45 – 17:30

Geoff Pilkington & Steve Rosenfeld: Biophysics of neoplastic cell invasion in the brain

19:00 Welcome dinner


Monday, April 24th

 09:00 – 10:45

Tamara Lah & Helen Fillmore:  Protease signaling in glioma invasion.

11:00 – 12:45

Chairs: Simone Niclou: Invasion and metabolism/oxygen and cancer stem cells:  is cellular differentiation necessary for invasion?

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 - 15:45

Chairs: Christel Herold-Mende & Reiner Glass:  Immune cells, blood vessels and invasion

16:00 – 17:45

Chair: Roland Goldbrunner, Rolando Del Maestro and Joerg Tonn: Significance of the new WHO classification system and potential clinical anti-invasion strategies

19:00 Dinner


Tuesday, April 25th

 09:00 – 10:45

Roland del Maestro, Rolf Bjerkvig & Mark Gumbleton:  In vitro invasion assays and animal models of invasion

11:00 – 12:45

Mike Berens: Invasion gene profiling and bio-informatics

13:00 – 14:30 lunch

14:30 – 16:00

General round table discussion: A final summing up period where ideas for future collaborations and grant applications could be explored and structured.

 Farewell drinks - Trip to wine cellar (Departure)


April 26: Departure