Collaborating for a Cure

May 12-13, 2023 in Ann Arbor

This event is a forum for DIPG/DMG researchers to collaborate, especially on unpublished work, to accelerate our path to a cure. It is also an opportunity for DIPG/DMG families that partner with our foundation to get updates on recent advancements and network with researchers.

Email before April 20, 2023, to register.



Detroit International Airport (DTW) is the airport nearest Ann Arbor.  Travel time from DTW to Ann Arbor is approximately 25 minutes.

For a complete listing of accommodations and transportation options in the Ann Arbor area please visit the Destination Ann Arbor.


Kensington Hotel — SOLD OUT

Even Hotel — SOLD OUT

Hilton Garden Inn-Ann Arbor — ChadTough Room Block

Location Information

Research Workshop, Friday

Thomson Reuters
6300 Interfirst Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Dinner Reception, Friday + Research Workshop, Saturday

Kensington Hotel
3500 S State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108


Friday, May 12

  • 8am-4:30pm – Research Workshop (Researchers Only)
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm – Dinner Reception (Researchers + DIPG/DMG Families)

Saturday, May 13

  • 8am-12pm – Research Workshop (Researchers + DIPG/DMG Families)
  • 1pm-3pm – Optional tour of The Big House (U-M’s football stadium)
  • 5:30pm-11pm – ChadTough Defeat DIPG Gala

Part 1: Collaborate

Friday, May 12

All DIPG/DMG researchers are invited to participate in a day of plenary talks, presentations and workshops including breakout sessions on pre-clinical, genetics+metabolism, and clinical+correlates. There will also be resource talks with invitees from NIH, leading journals, and research consortiums (e.g. CBTN).

Questions? Please contact:
Bryan Weiss,
Dr. Carl Koschmann,
Dr. Sriram Venneti,

Saturday, May 13

Researchers and DIPG/DMG families who partner with the foundation are invited to attend this morning session featuring a keynote address from Dr. Suzanne Baker from St. Jude and to learn more about the Friday breakout session findings.

Dr. Baker currently holds the Endowed Chair in Brain Tumor Research St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Her research is directed toward understanding normal and cancerous growth in the brain, with a specific focus on the underlying molecular, cellular, and genetic mechanisms driving pediatric high-grade glioma. Full Bio

Part 2: Celebrate

Saturday, May 13

While the research portion of the event will conclude by noon on Saturday, there will also be an opportunity to join us that evening for our 5th annual ChadTough Defeat DIPG Gala.

To get a sense of this incredibly moving night, where researchers are treated like celebrities, please watch this video for highlights from the 2022 event.

Co-hosted by Jenine & Juwan Howard and Kim & Larry Arico, coaches of the University of Michigan Men’s and Women’s Basketball Programs.


Sponsorship opportunities available.