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2015 Critical Mass Annual Conference
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

4:00 PM

6:00 PM

Registration/Information

5:30 PM

7:00 PM

Joint Welcome Reception with the Oncofertility Fertility Consortium Conference

Thursday, November 5, 2015

7:00 AM

5:00 PM

Registration/Information

7:30 AM

8:00 AM

Breakfast in the Hub

8:00 AM

8:45 AM

Welcome from Critical Mass

8:45 AM

9:00 AM

Archie Bleyer AYA Trailblazer Award Presentation

9:00 AM

9:30 AM

Survivor Keynote - Nick Grudin — Cancer survivor and Facebook Executive

9:30 AM

9:45 AM

Break

9:45 AM

11:00 AM

Looking the Elephants Right in the Eyes

Sex and sexuality - Anne Katz
Confronting Death: Too Little too late - Lori Weiner
Ethical Issues After Fertility Preservation - Nanette Elster
Q&A

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

Oral abstracts sessions

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

Speed Networking

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

Workshop Series 1: Patient Care Elephants on the Loose
Attendees select one topic to attend in each of the 2 rounds of these
workshops.

Letting the Elephants Out of the Cage: Talking about Sexuality - Anne Katz
What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You - Gwen Quinn
Teachable Moments on Taboo Topics: Death and Dying - Lori Weiner

3:00 PM

3:15 PM

Snack in Hall

3:15 PM

4:15 PM

Workshop Series 2: Patient Care Elephants on the Loose
Attendees select one topic to attend in each of the 2 rounds of these
workshops.

Letting the Elephants Out of the Cage: Talking about Sexuality - Anne Katz
What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You - Gwen Quinn
Teachable Moments on Taboo Topics: Death and Dying - Lori Weiner

4:15 PM

5:00 PM

Research Poster Session

5:00 PM

5:15 PM

Thursday Round-up

6:30 PM

8:30 PM

Offsite Networking Event

Friday, November 6, 2015

7:00 AM

9:00 AM

5K to Cancer: Fun Run/Walk Hosted by the Ulman Fund for Young Adults
Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation with True North Treks

9:00 AM

9:45 AM

In the Hub

9:45 AM

10:45 AM

Taming the Funding Elephant:  Attendees select 1 workshop
to attend based on their work and interest.

Funding AYA Services and Programs - Amanda Barnes
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grantsmanship 101 - Ashley Smith-Wilder

10:45 AM

11:00 PM

Grab some brunch and a seat

11:00 AM

12:15 PM

Tackling Elephants Together

Collaboration and Cooperation - Sam Watson and Nick Yeager

12:15 PM

1:00 PM

Local Spotlight

1:00 PM

1:15 PM

Steven G AYA Cancer Research Awards Presentation

1:15 PM

1:30 PM

That’s a wrap!

Session Descriptions


Survivor Keynote: Hear Nick Grudin’s story about being a top executive at Facebook and a cancer survivor. He will share his experiences, learnings, challenges and successes in both domains and how his work and his survivorship are intertwined. Nick provides a powerful voice for the AYA cancer movement as a survivor in a leadership position at one of the premier social media institutions for the millennial population.
This session is a speaker series covering three of the most difficult and important topics to discuss when working with and caring for AYAs with cancer. (1) Anne Katz, RN, PhD, clinical nurse specialist and sexuality counselor, share with us the untapped world of sexual health and intimacy among young adults with cancer. (2) As more young adults learn about fertility preservation, Nanette Elster, JD, MPH, will guide us through the ethical complexities of the ever-changing legal world of assisted reproductive technology.  (3) Young adults with advanced cancer or facing death have choices in their end-of-life preferences. Lori Wiener, PhD, DCSW, LCSW-C discusses her research in this area and the power of decision-making for the young adult population. Each of these talks will be a brief, high-level description meant to inspire and pique interest to learn more, say more and do more. A Q&A with all three speakers will close this session.
Selected abstracts will be presented by their authors in three concurrent sessions. Presentations will include innovative research and cutting edge programming, and discuss the most relevant topics in AYA cancer care today. Three to four abstracts will be presented in each session with Q&A
Eat lunch with colleagues who are working in the same role. This is an ideal opportunity to talk about discipline- or role-specific challenges and accomplishments with colleagues in the same position as you. Color-coded tables match your badge (based on the role/discipline you select at registration) leading you right to your like-minded lunchmates.
Meet your fellow attendees during this mixer. Each year, attendees request more ways to connect with others and meet other attendees, especially those in different fields. Speed networking facilitates the crossing of paths that may not otherwise cross. We provide the structure and the question prompts to get the conversation started- you take it from there.
Concurrent workshops on the three topics introduced in the morning speaker series will be the focus of these interactive sessions, with in-depth discussion, exploration and problem-solving. Workshop attendees will work together to develop strategies to address each of these “elephants” — sex and sexuality, facing end of life and family building. Workshops will be offered twice to allow participation in two of the three topics.
Selected abstracts will be presented in a poster session by their authors. Attendees will view posters, interact with authors and discuss these exciting topics with colleagues. Posters will be selected to reflect new research and innovative programming. Research posters will be up and available for viewing throughout the conference. This session is the only time authors are specifically asked to attend to their poster.
Mix and mingle with old friends and newfound colleagues at the Headquarters Beercade. Toast great work in AYA cancer, hatch new schemes over sliders and fries, and challenge your co-conspirators to a Centipede tournament. This evening event is a great time to network with fellow attendees and presenters in a less formal setting.
Choose between a 5K Fun Run/Walk sponsored and hosted by the Ulman Fund for Young Adults, or Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga with True North Treks. Both activities are great ways to start off a Friday, getting focused and getting moving. Select your choice when you register.

Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga with True North Treks will be held at the conference hotel. You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat; some mats will be available to borrow. Wear comfortable clothing that can flex with you.

Participants in the 5K Fun Run/Walk will meet in the lobby to walk to the starting line just a few blocks from the conference hotel with local trainers. Bring your fave running/walking gear to stay warm and comfortable on this primarily flat course.

The Hub is the networking heart of the Critical Mass conference – open throughout the conference for networking, brainstorming and chatting. This session allows dedicated time to visit Hub displays, interact with display hosts, and to participate in a variety of Hub activities with the goal of furthering collaboration and planning of transformative work.
Two simultaneous workshops centered on the sometimes difficult but necessary topic of funding. One workshop focuses on programmatic funding and the other on research funding. Delegates select one workshop to attend based on their interests and needs.

Programmatic focus: Join Amanda Barnes and fellow attendees to explore the many aspects and avenues of development for AYA programs, serves and organizations. Discuss the challenges, successes and strategies for transforming the money elephant into a welcome topic.

Research focus: Ashley Wilder-Smith will lead participants through the jungle of NIH funding. In this workshop, brand new and seasoned investigators alike will learn some of the insider perspectives on the crazy lingo, acronyms, and nonsensical phrasings batted around by NIH staff to help you decipher HOW best to apply for NIH grants. If you are researcher or aspiring to be one, and wonder how exactly to tap into that big black box called federal funding, learn how to train this elephant.

The Chicago AYA community will tell us about their elephants, share their strategies and discuss their successes in this session highlighting our local host. This is a great opportunity to learn from a community with extensive experience in AYA cancer research, programming and collaborations.
Celebrate the recognition of select abstract authors with these prestigious awards, granted by the Steven G. AYA Cancer Research Fund. Winners will be announced and awarded the prizes during this ceremony.
Review the amazing conference we have had and where we are heading with new insight, new knowledge and new connections.
Join True North Treks and Kayak Chicago for an architectural tour down the Chicago River. We know its November, but the water is actually rather warm, and how can you pass up such a fantastic opportunity to continue connecting with colleagues and while communing with nature.

You can check out the kayak outfitter [kayakchicago.com] and learn more about the work of True North Treks [truenorthtreks.org]. The tour is $45 per person (a deep discount).

Through large and small group facilitated discussion, share challenges and successes, learn new strategies and find inspiration in collaborations with AYA colleagues. Sam Watson and Nick Yeager are known for their innovative and productive collaborations in AYA research, programs and services. They will share their insights and experiences and guide the group in the development of a toolkit for herding elephants.