Welcome Letter

We are pleased to welcome you to Marseille for the sixth Annual Brain Metastases Research and Emerging Therapy Conference. Last year’s successful edition encouraged us to once again organize this conference.

This year the meeting will be held under the auspices of EORTC, EANO and EANS. Also the French neuro-oncology group (ANOCEF) and the French society of neurosurgery are partners of this event.
This initiative brings the multidisciplinary approach needed to develop Brain Metastases projects across several tumor types and disciplines such as breast cancer, lung cancer, melanoma, imaging, pathobiology and radiation oncology. It is expected that this cross-sectional meeting will stimulate innovative and insightful research in a collaborative environment and improve the standard of care and methodology of clinical research.

For this sixth edition, a special session will be dedicated to Brain Metastases management guidelines reported by the EANO Brain Metastases task force. Highlighted topics will also cover adverse radiation effect in the era of targeted therapies, new pharmalogical approaches in BM and the emerging role of immunotherapy. Actually, cancer immunotherapy clinical trials are critical to bringing new and potentially lifesaving treatments to more patients with more types of cancer, and may represent the greatest hope especially for patients currently facing Brain Metastases. Also a basic and translational session will be focused on tumor micro environment and the role of tumor circulating cells.

One of the objectives of this edition will be to describe the clinical problem, identify the critical points of therapeutic failure and summarize the current state of knowledge of the genetics and biology of brain metastases. The overarching goal of the meeting is to generate a set of research priorities that would stimulate integrated scientific and clinical investigation directed at understanding basic processes of brain metastasis and translating such insights to clinical care.

The organizing committee hopes that this meeting will provide an exceptional opportunity for you to share your collective expertise ranging from basic science to new treatments in order to facilitate ongoing studies and lay the foundation for future collaborative projects.

Philippe Métellus


Videos of Congress

Watch the 2015 congress, session by session, with online videos!





See the interview with Pr Philippe Métellus , Neurosurgeon at Marseille Clairval Hospital and initiator of the congress Brain Mets - 19/20 France 3 Provence
(in French)