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Speaker’s Biographies

worked at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida (US). After obtaining her PhD in 2014, she is currently enjoying her

residency in surgery. Next to the clinical challenges, geriatric oncology care and research remain one of her main interests.

Speaker Abstract(s): S71

Antonio Vigano

McGill University Health Centre







In 2002, Dr. Vigano joined the Supportive and Palliative Care Division at McGill as Assistant Professor. He is now

Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. He has been practicing

palliative care medicine for over 20 years both in Europe and in Canada. In 2005, he received both the Canadian

Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator and Fonds de la Recherche en Sante (FRSQ) Chercheur-

Boursier Clinicien Career Awards. Through a Canadian Foundation for Innovation award, he founded the McGill

Nutrition and Performance Laboratory


). His most recent activities are aimed at improving

the classification, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of wasting and/or debilitating syndromes such as cachexia,

sarcopenia, and lymphedema, primarily in patients suffering from cancer and/or frailty. His current research interests

at MNUPAL include: validation of tools for assessing nutrition and performance in advanced cancer patients, definition

of relationships between molecular, nutritional, and functional correlates of cancer cachexia, diagnosis and treatment

of male hypogonadism in advanced cancer, prediction and prevention of surgical risks in elderly cancer patients, and

evaluation of body composition in lymphedema.

Speaker Abstract(s): S72

Ulrich Wedding

Jena University Hospital, Palliative Care, Jena, Germany

Ulrich Wedding, MD and PhD, is Consultant for Haematology, Oncology, Palliative Care, and Geriatric Medicine at the

University Hospital in Jena, Germany. He is head of the department of palliative care. He is an active clinical researcher.

His clinical interests include cancer in the elderly, supportive and palliative care. He has authored or coauthored numerous

articles, book chapters, and monographs with a focus on aspects of cancer treatment in elderly patients and palliative

care. He is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Geriatric Oncology, and reviewer for several peer-reviewed

journals. He is member of various scientific organizations including SIOG. He is past-chairman of the Task Force Cancer

in the Elderly of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and current chairman of the

Arbeitsgruppe Geriatrische Onkologie of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Internistische Onkologie of the German Cancer Society.

He served as chairman of the Scientific Committee of the 10


International Meeting of the SIOG in Berlin in 2009.

Speaker Abstract(s): S73

Tanya Wildes

Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Division of Oncology, St. Louis, USA

Dr. Wildes is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology at Washington University in St Louis,

Missouri, USA. She graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in 2002. She completed residency in

Internal Medicine and fellowships in Hematology/Oncology and Geriatrics, all at Washington University. She currently

serves as the Chair of the Science and Education Committee of SIOG. Her research focuses on geriatric assessment in

older adults with multiple myeloma.

Speaker Abstract(s): S74

Hans Wildiers

Department of General Medical Oncology, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Hans Wildiers is a medical oncologist dedicated to breast cancer research and geriatric oncology. He is staff member at

the department of medical oncology in the University Hospital Gasthuisberg Leuven, Belgium since 2004. He coordinates

the Leuven multidisciplinary breast centre since 2015. He has been coordinator of several academic studies in the field of

breast cancer and geriatric oncology, and author of more than 170 peer reviewed papers in 13 years. He has been active

as Belgian national representative and executive board member of SIOG, the international society of geriatric oncology,

as board member of the Belgian Society of Medical Oncology (BSMO), the Belgian Journal of Medical Oncology (BJMO),

and of the Journal of Geriatric Oncology. From 2009 till 2015, he has chaired the elderly task force cancer of the elderly

of the European Organization of Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC).

Annie Young

University of Warwick, Warwick Medical School, Coventry, UK


Her research portfolio encompasses the management of thrombosis in cancer patients, symptomatic care including prevention

of chemotherapy-associated alopecia and nausea and vomiting. Rehabilitation for cancer patients and new technologies for