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2017 Annual ITOG Meeting

April 28-30, 2017

Hosted by Duke University School of Medicine

On behalf of the Duke Department of Surgery and the Duke Endocrine Neoplasia Diseases Group at the Duke Cancer Institute and the Duke Clinical Research Institute, I’d like to welcome each of you to the 2017 International Thyroid Oncology Group Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting will take place at the beautiful Washington Duke Inn in Durham, North Carolina, from Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30, 2017.

Registration for the 2017 ITOG Annual Meeting is closed. Please email Theresa Champion ( with registration questions/concerns/late registrations.

Unlike prior meetings, please note that this year’s meeting will kick off with committee meetings on Friday afternoon and a Board of Directors meeting/dinner Friday night. For those of you who are not part of these meetings and who love baseball (or just want to spend a beautiful spring evening outside, with friends, fireworks, and hot dogs), we have arranged a discounted group rate and transportation to the Durham Bulls vs. Buffalo Bisons game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. If you want to attend the Durham Bulls baseball game, you will need to purchase tickets separately using the link below.

We have had a few issues with the Durham Bulls ticket link recently. Please follow this new link ( and at the top under “Customer Login” enter:

Username: TheHyde003
Password: Duke12

Once logged in a list of available tickets will be displayed. Select each ticket you want to purchase, confirm your selection, and proceed to checkout.

Order Bulls Tickets

Saturday day is filled with scientific/clinical sessions, but in the late afternoon, we will take a tour of the hallowed halls of the Cameron Indoor Basketball Stadium and the Duke Basketball Museum (complementary). It will be led by a former member of a championship Duke basketball team, who also happens to be a surgeon. There might be a team VIP or two along the way who many of you will recognize, too…fingers crossed! Afterwards, we will head to an authentic North Carolina barbeque dinner. Matthias Gromeier, Professor of Neurosurgery, Medicine, and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke, will be our invited guest, speaking about “Immunotherapy Strategy with Recombinant Poliovirus.” This has been the subject of much media attention – many of you may have seen him discussing the poliovirus and glioblastoma multiforme on CBS’ 60 Minutes last year.

Sunday continues with scientific/clinical sessions that will conclude early in the afternoon after a working lunch to afford attendees time to catch flights home in the afternoon/evening. 

Thank you in advance for taking the time to attend this year’s conference. It will be a great opportunity to connect with old and new colleagues and friends, and to exchange ideas about discovery and innovation in the management of thyroid cancer. As they say here in the South, "Welcome to Dur’m, y’all!"

Best, Julie Ann

Meeting Location and Hotel

Washington Duke Inn 
3001 Cameron Boulevard
Durham, NC 27705


Hotel Accommodations

Washington Duke Inn 
3001 Cameron Boulevard
Durham, NC 27705

A limited number of rooms are being held at the Washington Duke for this annual meeting. Please call the hotel directly and reference the International Thyroid Oncology Group ID 550690 to get the reduced conference rate of $199 per night. You may also book online. But please call or book online as soon as possible at this rate and room block will be released on March 23, 2017.

**When making your hotel reservation online, please note the following: When choosing the dates of your stay, you will see that Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th, are clear, while Sunday, April 30th, is shaded out. This indicates that Friday and Saturday are available for check-in, while Sunday is only available for check-out. The Washington Duke Inn is aware of this idiosyncrasy on its website and is trying to address it.

Book online


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The following are some of the speakers at the annual 2017 ITOG meeting. See all speakers and talks.

Duke Faculty

Chris Counter, PhD
Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Talk title: Codon bias, the Silent Secret of RAS Genes

Matthias Gromeier, MD
Department of Neurosurgery
Talk title: Immunotherapy Strategy with Recombinant Poliovirus

Heather Stapleton, PhD
Dan and Bunny Gabel Associate Professor of
Environmental Ethics and Sustainable Environmental Management
Environmental Science and Policy Division
Talk title: Exposure to Flame Retardant Chemicals and Risk for Papillary Thyroid Cancer

Suzanne Wardell, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
Talk title: Back by Popular Demand: the Role of Patient Pressure and Social Media in Advancing Bazedoxifene to the Clinic for the Treatment of Breast Cancer

Julie Ann Sosa, MD
Division of Advanced Oncologic and GI Surgery

Unrestricted Educational Grants Provided By

Thank you to our 2017 ITOG Meeting Sponsors! The following companies have provided generous support for meeting activities:





Contact Peg Grossman for more information about the meeting or with questions about Durham.

Email Peg