2023 CureSearch Summit (1)
2023 CureSearch Summit (4)

The big data revolution

Summit 2023 will address the potential of machine learning and artificial intelligence in medicine broadly, and then focus on positioning pediatric oncology at the forefront of the big data revolution.

Photo from 2019 CureSearch Summit in Boston
Photo from 2019 CureSearch Summit in Boston

The impact of Summit

Strategic collaborations are the key to long-term change. Summit creates connections and community among leaders in science, academia, regulatory, funding and industry by providing platforms for engagement. These critical conversations help drive innovation.

"We have a responsibility to educate the next generation of clinician-scientists, through medical school training, through educational initiatives and through symposia like Summit." - Dr. Samuel Volchenboum, Associate Chief Research Informatics Officer at The Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago

Photo from 2019 CureSearch Summit in Boston
Photo from 2019 CureSearch Summit in Boston

Attending the event

Summit is an invitation-only event. Please fill out the attendee interest form at the bottom of this page if you are interested in joining us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Prelude webinar

Everyone is invited to view our kickoff, pre-summit discussion with leading experts in the field. Webinar: The Challenges and Promises of Artificial Intelligence in Drug Development

Summit Agenda

8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:30 am Welcome to the Summit
Kay Koehler, CEO, CureSearch for Children’s Cancer;
Jared Brancazio, Chair, Board of Directors, CureSearch;
Tony Pillari, Facilitator, Excelis Consulting

9:30 am – 10:15 am How are Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Tools Used in Medicine?
Colin Hill, CEO and Co-Founder, GNS Healthcare

This session will overview machine learning and artificial intelligence and explore the big-picture perspective of using artificial intelligence in healthcare.

10:15 am Coffee and Snack Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm TBD

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch

1:15 pm – 3:15 pm Optimizing Data Collection and Sharing to Promote AI Success

A four-speaker panel shares the optimal data collection paradigms to ensure successful integration for ML and AI (15 minutes each). A moderated discussion of best practices (30 minutes) is followed by Q&A and idea sharing (30 minutes).
Confirmed Speakers:
Casey Greene, PhD, University of Colorado;
Mark Applebaum, MD, University of Chicago;
Tina Hernandez-Boussard, PhD, Stanford University

3:15 pm Coffee and Snack Break

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Learning From the Adult Space to Bring ML/AI to Pediatric Oncology

Sharing of progress and pitfalls and how pediatric oncology can benefit from lessons learned.
Confirmed Speakers:
Kenneth Kehl, MD, MPH, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute;
Martin Akerman, PhD, Envisagenics, Inc.

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm Day 1 Wrap Up
Tony Pillari, Facilitator, Excelis Consulting

4:45 pm – 5:15 pm Mapping CureSearch Collaborative Successes

Share impacts and outcomes of collaborative CureSearch funding and strategic initiatives.
Confirmed Speakers:
Brenda Weigel, MD, MSc, University of Minnesota, CureSearch SAC Chair;
Kay Koehler, CureSearch CEO

5:15 pm – 8:00 pm Welcome Dinner

8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am Goals for the Day

9:15 am – 10:30 am Exploring Opportunities for AI and ML with the Greatest Potential to Benefit Pediatric Oncology

Presenters will share where the greatest potential lies for early adaptation of ML and AI in pediatric oncology.
Confirmed Speakers:
Shizhen Zhu, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic;
Benjamin Kann, MD, Harvard Medical School;
Charles Keller, MD, Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute

10:30 am Coffee and Snack Break

10:45 am – 11:30 am Center for Digital Health at the Mayo Clinic

In this keynote session, Dr. Divya Pathak, Vice Chair, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning & Analytics at the Center for Digital Health, will share the program composition, goals, and progress.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm CureSearch Researcher Briefs
Joanna Gell;

In this casual setting, CureSearch-funded researchers will share their projects.

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:45 pm Working Groups: Collaboration to Make Machine Learning a Reality

Engage academic that has moved to industry and an academic that is strong in this space and develop working groups that can identify how to integrate ML/AI, building frameworks and partnerships to succeed, and the best projects to get us started on the path to making ML/AI a reality in pediatric oncology.

2:45 pm Wrap-Up and Next Steps
Tony Pillari, Facilitator, Excelis Consulting

The 2023 CureSearch Summit Agenda is subject to change.

Attendee Interest Form

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