19th Conference of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology

Integrative oncology – Leaving no one behind / GENEVA Switzerland 14-16 Nov 2019

SIOG 2019 Paul Calabresi Award

SIOG is a science-led healthcare organisation with a purpose to contribute to the global response for continued progress in medical care and public health in the area of oncology for ageing populations. Every year, SIOG recognises a
prominent world expert in the Geriatric Oncology field by awarding them the Paul Calabresi Award.

The SIOG 2019 Calabresi Award will be presented at the Presidential Session on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 15:30 in Room 1.

Marije Hamaker (NL)
Marije Hamaker is clinical geriatrician working at the Diakonessenhuis in Utrecht, the Netherlands since 2010, where she completed her PhD
on “Decision making in geriatric oncology” in 2012. Subsequently, she has developed a geriatric oncology clinic and successful geriatric oncology research program, mentoring multiple PhD students. Additionally, she set up a large multicentre project regarding geriatric nephrology in 2014.

Her research has focussed on optimizing treatment decisions and patient-centred outcome measures through geriatric assessment. With over 90 Pubmed publications, she has been an advocate for the importance of investing time in understanding the patient’s health status and preferences
prior to making treatment decisions, emphasizing that although perhaps time-consuming, this time is well-spent.

She is an active member of the Dutch Geriatric Oncology Foundation and the International Society of Geriatric Oncology, and a faculty member of the yearly SIOG Advanced Course in Treviso.

Her presentation:

The role of geriatricians in geriatric oncology


SIOG 2019 Nursing & Allied Health (NAH) Investigator Award

This award aims to recognise significant contributions from new investigators in geriatric oncology nursing and allied professions at the international level. Selected for the outstanding quality of their work, three Nursing & Allied
Professional Investigators will be competing for this SIOG Award.

The SIOG 2019 NAH Investigator Award will be presented at the Presidential Session on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 15:30 in Room 1.

Meet Our 2019 Award Finalists:

Jessie de Cock (BE)
Jessie has achieved her Bachelor in Occupational Therapy at the Hogeschool-Univeristeit Brussel (HUB), Belgium and her Master in Gerontological Science at the Vrije Univeristeit Brussel, Belgium. Since 2012 she works at the Geriatric Department of the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel. Since 2016 she is Care Coordinator of the geriatric day ward. She
participates in a multicentric study focusing on improving the quality of life by focusing on patient coaching within the comprehensive geriatric assessment process. Jessie is particularly interested in geriatric assessment, functional decline, a multidisciplinary approach and implementation of geriatric interventions and recommendations.


Her abstract:

O21 - Risk factors for falls in older persons with cancer: a multicenter study.


Rei Ono (JP)
Rei Ono PT MPH PhD is an Associate Professor at Department of Public Health, Graduate School of Health, Kobe University. He completed clinical experience as physical therapist and completed his MPH and PhD at Kyoto University School of Public Health. His research areas are clinical epidemiology, exercise epidemiology, and gerontology. Promoting healthy lifestyle through exercise and physical activity is his main interest. His work involved in pre-rehabilitation intervention among patient with esophageal cancer before surgery to minimize adverse events following surgery and dual task training for healthy elderly in case to maintain their cognitive functions.

Currently, his research focused on investigating the relationship between multidimensional frailty in elderly cancer patients before treatments and adverse events and describing multidimensional frailty in elderly cancer survivors. Of multidimensional frailty, he especially pays attention to
cognitive and social frailty.

His abstract:

O22 - The high impact of preoperative social frailty on overall survival in elderly gastrointestinal cancer patients.


Cassandra Vonnes (US)
Dr. Vonnes attended the University of South Florida for her BS, MS and DNP. Her 25 year NP experiences include acute care and outpatient nephrology and cardiovascular medicine. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Heart Association for her contributions in cardiovascular medicine. Dr. Vonnes has taught clinical and didactic at the USF College of Nursing for undergraduate and Nurse Practitioner students. Her recent venture into oncology provides an opportunity to use her geriatric expertise as the Nurses Improving the Care of Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) coordinator at Moffitt Cancer Center achieving Exemplar Status.

Under Dr. Vonnes leadership Moffitt Cancer Center was the first hospital in Florida to be recognized by the IHI and John A. Hartford Foundation as Committed to Care Excellence for the Older Adult. She has presented both nationally and internationally on Fall and Injury prevention, delirium and geriatric assessment.

Her abstract:

O02 - Crafting age-friendly cancer care: a model for improvement utilizing the 4 Ms framework across the continuum of an NCI-designated cancer center.


SIOG 2019 Young Investigator Award

To promote research in the field of geriatric oncology and support the career development of the new generation of experts, the Young SIOG Investigator Award will recognise three young investigators for their outstanding work.

The 2019 Young SIOG Investigators Award will be presented at the Presidential Session on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 15:30 in Room 1.

Meet Our 2019 Award Finalists:

Zuhair Alam (US)
Dr. Zuhair Alam is currently an Internal Medicine resident at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, USA. Prior to commencing his residency training in the United States, Dr. Alam worked in clinical research in Geriatric Oncology under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Shabbir Alibhai at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Toronto General Hospital in his native Canada. There, he participated in several studies surrounding comprehensive geriatric assessments, undiagnosed cognitive impairment, cancer-related fatigue, chemotherapy associated delirium, and self-reported measures of frailty. Through these projects he was able to further establish his passion for developing a medical career with an emphasis on individualized medicine and patient-centered care.

Now he is currently involved in research on clinical outcomes of older adults being treated for Multiple Myeloma. Dr. Alam aims to implement these ideals of individualized medicine as he hopes to pursue fellowship training in Hematology/Oncology in the future.”

His abstract:

K05 - Cost effectiveness of a geriatric oncology clinic.


Jennifer L. Lund (US)
Jennifer L. Lund, PhD is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and a member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Lund is a pharmacoepidemiologist with a research portfolio that focuses at the intersection of aging, multimorbidity, and oncology. She has expertise in the use of advanced epidemiologic study design and analytic methods to generate robust evidence on the uses, benefits, and harms of therapies that inform decisions made by patients, providers, payers, and policymakers. Her research draws upon data from randomized clinical trials, cancer registries, electronic health records, and insurance claims to study:

(1) the delivery of high-quality cancer care and (2) the effectiveness and safety of alternative treatment options. She serves as an Associate Editor for Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety and as editorial board member for the Journal of Geriatric Oncology.

Her abstract:

K03 - Predicting life expectancy in older adults with advanced cancer: an evaluation of oncologists’
estimates and a geriatric assessment based predictive model.


Isacco Montroni (IT)
Isacco Montroni graduated at the Alma Mater Studiorum Bologna University Medical School in 2004 and he was then admitted to the General Surgery Program. In 2009-2010 he served as General Surgery Resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard University) under Dr Warshaw and Dr Ferguson. Dr Montroni completed his residency in 2010 as he continued his academic career as a PhD student from 2011 to 2013 focused on an international multicenter study on surgical treatment of cancer in the older patients. After his PhD he joined Dr Wexner at the Cleveland Clinic Florida for a clinical fellowship in Advanced Colorectal Surgery (2014-2015).

After serving as colorectal surgeon at the Humanitas Research Hospital with Prof Spinelli, he’s currently a staff member of the Colorectal Surgery Unit of the Ospedale per gli Infermi in Faenza. Dr Montroni is the Associate Editor for Colorectal Cancer of the European Journal of Surgical Oncology (EJSO).

His abstract:

K01 - Patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs) in geriatric patients undergoing major surgery for solid cancer: 90-day preliminary report on 643 patients from the geriatric oncology surgical assessment and functional recovery after surgery (GOSAFE) study.