Chordoma Foundation

2020 International Chordoma Research Workshop

Thursday, July 16 – Friday, July 17 • Virtual

In light of the current situation with COVID-19, we will hold an abbreviated virtual meeting covering select clinical and research topics on the original workshop dates, July 16-17, 2020. To ensure the health and safety of all participants, we postponed our in-person 2020 International Chordoma Research Workshop (ICRW) to July 15-16, 2021.

Join us for a virtual opportunity to exchange data and ideas with fellow chordoma researchers and clinicians from around the world, and to help shape future directions for chordoma research leading to the development of new treatments.

Virtual sessions will be held Thursday, July 16 from 10 AM – 3 PM ET and Friday, July 17 from 10 AM – 4 PM ET.

  • Thursday, July 16 will focus on clinical research advances. Topics will include new approaches to surgery, radiotherapy and ablative therapy; strategies to promote patient quality of life; and the latest updates on clinical trials.
  • Friday, July 17 will focus on advances in basic and translational research. Topics will include genomics and epigenomics, brachyury biology and drug discovery, immune biology and immunotherapy, and emerging therapeutic targets.

A special breakout session about pediatric chordoma will also be held on Thursday, July 16, after the close of the main workshop from 3:30-5:00 PM ET to discuss strategies to advance better therapies for pediatric chordoma.

View the full agenda here.

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In the spirit of facilitating rapid data sharing within the chordoma research community, all participants are encouraged to submit abstracts describing the results of their work.

When you register, please indicate whether you intend to submit an abstract.

Abstracts submitted before June 1, 2020, will be considered for oral presentations during the plenary sessions by the organizing committee. Abstracts will continue to be accepted until June 30, 2020, for inclusion in the workshop materials.

Please submit your abstract(s) here »


Save the date for 2021

An in-person ICRW has been rescheduled to July 15-16, 2021, followed by the International Chordoma Community Conference on July 16-17, 2021. Both events will be at the Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel. Please mark these important dates on your calendar.

About the Workshop

Since 2007, the International Chordoma Research Workshop (ICRW) has served as the focal point and principal gathering of the worldwide chordoma research community. In that time, we have grown from a handful of scientists in relatively few labs to a thriving global community of more than 350 researchers at top institutions worldwide.

Designed to catalyze meaningful research advances and spark collaboration, the workshop is:


Each session is designed to facilitate discussion and debate among participants and to elicit new ideas that can move the field forward.


With topics ranging from basic biology to clinical research to process improvements, the workshop attracts a diverse mix of participants who bring a wide range of complementary expertise and perspectives.

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The purpose of the workshop is to surface critical questions, identify new research opportunities, and collectively define priorities for the field.


Thank you to the sponsors of the virtual 2020 International Chordoma Research Workshop. If you are interested in sponsoring the workshop, please review the sponsorship opportunities and contact

Collaboration Sponsors

Bavarian Nordic



Discovery Sponsors


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