“Working Together - Achieving More”

Critical Mass

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December 5 - 7, 2017Atlanta, GA, USA

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Congress Flyer (pdf)
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Preliminary Programme (pdf)


Program Timings (excluding Registration, poster installation etc) and subject to final confirmation :

Day 1
08.30 - 18.00

Day 2
08.15 - 18.20

Day 3
08.30 - 17.00

Case Western Reserve University - School of Medicine
Physician Accreditation: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

American Nurses Credentialling Centre
Nurses & Physician Assistants Accreditation: The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ toward recertification requirements.

National Association of Social Workers
Social Worker Accreditation: This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886766393-8982) for 19 continuing education contact hours.


  • See entertainment host and sports journalist Charissa Thompson chair an expert panel of AYA survivors giving their unique perspectives on the future shape of services.
  • Collaboration beats competition between hospitals in a unique regional model presented by Dr. Karen Albritton, Fort Worth AYA Cancer Coalition.
  • Learn strategies to support AYAs by influencing government from the Critical Mass President, Kate Houghton.
  • Elena Simon, survivor, scientist and advocate tells of her travels as an ambassador and how she engages other survivors in scientific research.
  • Hear from ENTYAC Chair’s Dr. Dan Stark, UK, and Dr. Valerie Laurence, France, how collaboration for AYAs across the European community.
  • In Australia, regional and national government are combining forces thanks to the initiatives of CanTeen under the leadership of CEO Peter Orchard.
  • Chris McCarthy demonstrates how Hope Lab pioneers empowering Apps for AYAs going through treatment.
  • Learn the power and influence of social media within youth groups from Professor Desmond Patton’s, Columbia University, cutting edge research.
  • Hear about the Best Practices from the CDC’s implementation of the EARLY Act from Temeika Fairley, PhD and Melissa Palmer, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


  • Dr. Ursula Sansom Daly (Sydney) shares the models of supportive care excellence being developed in Australia.
  • Dr. Leslie Breech, Cincinnati, outlines the pioneering work being undertaken in the Mid West, USA to establish oncofertility programs.
  • Learn why oncology professionals must talk to AYAs about sexuality from Canadian Dr. Ann Katz.
  • What should an AYA survivorship service model look like? Hear what Dr. Jackie Casillas (USA) recommends within a multi-cultural environment.


  • Hear the latest on molecularly targeted genetic sequencing.
  • Learn about genetic predisposition and the critical importance of genetic counseling from Dr. Steve Gruber, USC.
  • Find out what the Cancer Moonshot team thinks the latest immunotherapy advances offer AYA cancer from Dr. Alex Huang, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • Hear why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is focusing on AYA Cancer from Dr. Eric Tai, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Will we ever end the debate about ALL pediatric & adult therapies? See the data presented by experts (TBD) and hear Dr. Kevin Oeffinger, Duke Cancer Institute comment on the survivorship and perspective.
  • Learn about the latest advances, challenges and potential solutions in Colon Cancer, Dr. David Shibata, UTHSC; Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Dr. Robin Jones, UK Institute of Cancer Research; Germ Cell Tumors, Dr. Robert Huddart, Imperial Cancer Research, UK.
  • Professor Lindsay Frazier leads a truly global session with contributions from Dr. Miranda Fidler, France where AYA is in its infancy; Dr. Huyong Zheng, China, where the first dedicated AYA facility and program in the country is being established; Dr. Soad Fuentes, El Salvador, where
    pediatric oncologists are now collaborating with medical oncologists to get teens treated on pediatric protocols.


  • Dr. Rebecca Johnson, USA, presents research demonstrating that communication & collaboration are the keys to AYA program success.
  • Latest research is showing that physical activity and nutrition are improving outcomes and survival. Learn how to incorporate them within your own programs from Kirsten Ness of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • The military is the largest employer of AYAs in the world. What can they teach us? Hear from Dr. Colonel Prakash Chitalkar about India’s supportive model and Dr. James Hu and Major Susan Whiteway about the successes and challenges in the USA.
  • BRIGHTLIGHT, the largest study of its kind has asked whether AYA programs add value. Hear Professor Jeremy Whelan, and Rachel Taylor, PhD, UK, reveal the results.
  • Yvonne Mariajiminez provides expert advice to AYAs on medical/legal matters in an innovative scheme set up by the University of Southern California. Hear what a difference they are making.