Welcome Message by Organising Committee

Welcome to the Brain 2019, the 3rd Asian CNS Germ Cell Tumour Conference and the 9th Interim Meeting of the International Chinese Federation of Neurosurgical Sciences (ICFNS) jointly organised by Neuropathology, Neurosurgery, Neurology and Paediatric Oncology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Local and overseas neurologist, neurosurgeons, pathologists, paediatricians, clinical and basic scientists, and related health care professionals are cordially invited to come to this year’s enhanced and expanded programs. The themes of this year’s conjoint meeting are Advances in Paediatric Neuro-oncology and Neuro-rehabilitation. We are pleased to have expanded the symposia from the traditional two days to three. It is our privilege to have so many international speakers, particularly in areas of CNS Germ Cell Tumours.

We would like to express our gratitude towards speakers, delegates, sponsors from industries and patients’ groups and the Secretariat for making this tripartite congress an interactive, fruitful and memorable event.

Chair Professor & Chief
Division of Neurosurgery
Department of Surgery

Ho-Keung NG
Associate Dean (Education)
Chair Professor
Department of Anatomical
and Cellular Pathology

Vincent C.T. MOK
Assistant Dean (Admission) Mok Hing Yiu Professor of Medicine
Division of Neurology
Department of Medicine and Therapeutics

Matthew M.K. SHING
Honorary Clinical Associate Professor
Haematology & Oncology
Department of Paediatrics

Organiser & Supporting Organisations

Division of Neurology
Division of Neurosurgery
Department of Paediatrics
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Supporting Organisations
Hong Kong Neurological Society
Hong Kong Neuro-oncology Society
Hong Kong Neurosurgical Society
International Academy of Pathology, Hong Kong Division
International Chinese Federation of Neurosurgical Sciences

Congress Secretariat

Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
4/F Lui Che Woo Clinical Sciences Building, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3505 1316/ 2624/ 1852
Fax: (852) 2637 7974
E-mail: BrainGermCell2019@surgery.cuhk.edu.hk
Website: www.surgery.cuhk.edu.hk/BrainGermCell2019

(in alphabetical order)


Radiation Oncology Department
Institut Curie
Pairs, France

Andreas BENDER

Department of Neurology
Therapiezentrum Burgau, Burgau/
University of Munich, Munich


Division of Haematology/ Oncology
Hospital for Sick Children
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada


Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
University Children’s Hospital
Bonn, Germany

Zhong-Ping CHEN

Department of Neurosurgery/ Neuro-oncology
Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center
Guangzhou, China

Junichi HARA

Department of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology
Children’s Medical Center
Osaka City General Hospital
Osaka, Japan


Division of Brain Tumor Translational Research
National Cancer Center Research Institute
Tokyo, Japan

Ming-Chien KAO

National Taiwan University College of Medicine
Taipei, Taiwan

Chae-Yong KIM

Neuro-Oncology Division
Department of Neurosurgery
Seoul National University Bundang Hospital
Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do, Korea

Ching C. LAU

Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders
The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Farmington, Connecticut, USA

Jie MA

Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Shanghai Xin Hua Hospital
Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine
Shanghai, China


Department of Neuro-oncology/ Neurosurgery
Saitama Medical University International Medical Center
Saitama, Japan


Department of Neuro-oncology/ Neurosurgery
Saitama Medical University International Medical Center
Saitama, Japan


Center for Neuroscience & Behavioral Medicine
Gilbert Family Neurofibromatosis Institute
Brain Tumor Institute
Children’s National Medical Center
Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Nam-Jong PAIK

Rehabilitation Medicine Department
Seoul National University Bundang Hospital
Seoul, Korea

Tai-Tong WONG

Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Department of Neurosurgery
Taipei Medical University Hospital
Taipei, Taiwan


Beijing Neurosurgical Institute
Beijing Tiantan Hospital
Capital Medical University
Beijing, China

Programme at a Glance


Registration Procedure

You can register by one of the following methods:

Registration Category (One delegate per registration)

Members of the below institutions/ societies

  • Hong Kong Neurological Society
  • Hong Kong Neurosurgical Society
  • Hong Kong Neuro-oncology Society
  • International Academy of Pathology, Hong Kong Division
  • Students or staff of The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Staff of Prince of Wales Hospital/ Hospitals in New Territories East Cluster (NTEC)

Alumni of the below programme of CUHK

  • Master of Science Programme in Neurological Sciences (NSSC)
  • Master of Science Programme in Stroke and Clinical Neurosciences (CNS)
HK$ 100

Alumni, students or staff of the below institutions

  • Alumni of The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Students of other universities in Hong Kong
  • Staff of other hospitals of Hospital Authority
Overseas delegates / Others HK$1,000

On-site registration

  • Local delegates
  • Overseas delegates / Others



Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance will only be issued at the Congress upon request made on the registration form.

Payment Methods (if applicable)

Payment should be made by one of the following methods:

Cancellation and Refund Policy

No refund will be made once the payment is confirmed.

Call for Abstracts

Authors are invited to submit abstracts on any Clinical, Experimental or Translational aspects of Nervous System Diseases for consideration by the Organising Committee for Poster Presentation.

Submission Procedure

Online Submission
Step 1 : Complete the Online Registration for new registration or Login your registered account through the registration system.
Step 2 : Click the "Submit Abstract" to upload your abstract.

Submission by E-mail
E-mail the completed Abstract Submission Form with the abstract(s) in Microsoft Word format to BrainGermCell2019@surgery.cuhk.edu.hk.

**Facsimile copy or E-mailing of a scanned copy will not be accepted.

Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts

  1. Abstracts should be written in English.
  2. Each abstract must not exceed 300 words.
  3. Abstract title, author name(s) and institution(s) should be clearly stated.
  4. ABSTRACT TITLE should be typed in CAPTITALS.
  5. AUTHORS' NAMES should be typed in CAPITALS and followed by the name(s) and full address(es) of the institution(s) where the scientific work was undertaken. Underline the name of the PRESENTING AUTHOR.
  6. The content of the abstract should include Background & Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusion(s). You may include up to two Figures and two References for each abstract.
  7. The abstract should be in Microsoft Word format and each file should contain only ONE abstract.
  8. The presenting author has to register for the Congress as delegate, otherwise the abstract(s) will not be considered in the congress proceedings.

Sample Abstract

Hotel Accommodation

The following official hotels have offered special rates for The Conjoint Congress. These hotels are located in close proximity to the Congress Venue: Postgraduate Education Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin. Reservation must be made through Reservation Link/ Form and directly sent to the hotel of your choice.
The room rates are quoted on per room per night basis and are subject to 10% service charge. Credit card guarantee is required for room reservation.
Shuttle service will be provided every morning of 18 – 20 January 2019 for the transfer from the hotels to the Congress Venue.

Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong Sha Tin
Address : 1 On Ping Street, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong

Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong Sha Tin is conveniently located in the Shatin area and features stylish rooms with tranquil views of the Shing Mun River. It is only 9 minutes’ walk from Shek Mun MTR Station, with which you can easily reach many tourist attractions.
Deluxe Room
- inclusive of 1 daily breakfast
- inclusive of 2 daily breakfasts

Executive Room
- inclusive of 1 daily breakfast & club access
- inclusive of 2 daily breakfasts & club access

*The special rate is valid until 18 December 2018.

Go to Reservation

Royal Park Hotel
Address : 8 Pak Hok Ting Street, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong

Royal Park Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Shatin, adjacent to the Sha Tin MTR Station, only 30 minutes from Shenzhen by railway. The hotel is embraced by various famous tourist attractions and shopping malls.
Standard Room HK$980
River View Room HK$1,180
Executive Room
- inclusive of 1 daily breakfast at Upper Lounge
- inclusive of 2 daily breakfasts at Upper Lounge

Daily Breakfast (per person) HK$90
*The special rate is valid until 16 December 2018.

Reservation Form

Regal Riverside Hotel
Address : 34 – 36 Tai Chung Kiu Road, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong

Regal Riverside Hotel is located along the Shing Mun River in Shatin, with easy access to major transportation networks and prominent shopping areas and attraction In the area. The hotel set amid the greenery Shatin with walking distance to the centre of Shatin.
  17,20 January 2019 18-19 January 2019
Superior Room HK$700 HK$850
Deluxe Room HK$800 HK$950
Prime Deluxe Room HK$900 HK$1,050
Daily Breakfast (per person) HK$95
*The special rate is valid until 17 December 2018.

Reservation Form

General Information


18 – 20 January 2019 (Friday – Sunday)


Postgraduate Education Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong

Official Language

The official language of the Congress is English.

Trade Exhibition

An exhibition of medical equipment, books and pharmaceutical brochures will be held during the Congress on 18 – 20 January 2019.

Academic Accreditation (for local participants)
Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) accreditation will be applied from relevant Hong Kong colleges and associations.

Letter of Invitation

The Organising Committee would be pleased to provide letters of invitation (without provisions of financial support) upon request. Please address your request to the Congress Secretariat.

Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued upon registration and is available for collection together with the delegate's kit at the registration counter during the Congress.

Liability and Insurance

The Organiser is not responsible for injury or damage involving persons and property during the Congress. Participants are advised to make their own arrangements for their medical, travel and personal insurance. Equipment and all related display materials installed by Exhibitors / Sponsors are not insured by the Organiser, and the Organiser under no circumstances will be liable for any loss, damage or destruction caused to equipment, goods or property belonging to Exhibitors/Sponsors.


Whilst every attempt is made to ensure that all aspects of the Congress as mentioned in this website will take place as scheduled, the Organising Committee reserves the right to make changes should the need arise.

Location Map

About Hong Kong


The provisional estimate of the Hong Kong’s population was about 7.4 million at the end of 2017 and about 92% of the population was ethnic Chinese.

Official Language

Cantonese is the most widely spoken Chinese dialect in Hong Kong, but majority of people can speak both Mandarin and English. The official languages are Chinese and English, all major signage are bilingual.


Hong Kong's climate is sub-tropical. Weather in January is in the middle of winter. It is normally clear and sunny but cool and dry with occasional cold fronts. Average temperature is 12oC – 20oC. Further information can be found at the website of Hong Kong Observatory.

Time Zone

Hong Kong is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (i.e. GMT + 8 hours).


Hong Kong’s unit of currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$) which is tied to the US dollar at an exchange rate of about HK$7.8 to US$1. The Hong Kong dollar in everyday circulation is available in 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, $1, $2, $5 and $10 coins and Hong $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1,000 banknotes. Most foreign currencies and travelers cheques are easily changed at banks, hotels and moneychangers. Credit cards are widely accepted at major hotels, large restaurants, department stores and shops.

Electricity Supply

The Standard electrical voltage in Hong Kong is AC 220 volts (50Hz). The British three-pin plug and socket-outlet system is commonly used in Hong Kong.

Opening Hours

Banks are open from Monday to Friday between 9am to 4:30pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 12:30pm, are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Offices generally are open from 9am to 5/6pm on weekdays. Retail shops generally areopen every day from 10am to 7pm. However, in busy retail areas like Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui stay open until 9:30 or even later. Most restaurants stay open until 11 pm or later.

Getting Around

Hong Kong is geographically compact and the public transport system is efficient, relatively inexpensive and user friendly. The Airport Express links Hong Kong International Airport directly to Hong Kong's central business district and buses connect the airport with most of the city. The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) and public buses allow easy access throughout the territories. Hong Kong' taxis are cheap and efficient with a HK$19 (the blue Lantau taxi), HK$20.5 (the green New Territories taxi) – HK$24 ( the red urban taxi) flag fall. And for those looking for a mode of travel that has been used for decades, there are the Star Ferries, Hong Kong Island's street trams and the venerable Peak Tram. Payments can be made using an Octopus Card, an electronic stored-value card that is widely accepted on all public transports. Road signs in Hong Kong are bilingual in both English and Chinese.


Most of the world's mobile telecommunications systems operate in Hong Kong, including GSM 900, PCS 1800, LTE, CDMA and WCDMA. Check if your service provider has a roaming agreement with a Hong Kong operator, and be sure to pay attention to the roaming rates. You may get a Discover Hong Kong Tourist SIM card as soon as you arrive. This prepaid card lasts either 5 or 8 days and offers free local call, free Wi-Fi, bundles of mobile data, cheap international calls and SMS messages. Free Wi-Fi services are widespread in Hong Kong. In particular, there are many Wi-Fi.HK hotspots widely available across the city in locations, which offer wireless internet connection completely free or free for a period of time.

Visa Requirement

In general, all visitors to Hong Kong must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. Nationals of about 170 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong without a visa/entry permit for a period ranging from 7 days to 180 days. You may refer to the website of Immigration Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) for more information on visa/entry permit requirements.

Visas to Mainland China and Macao

Most foreign nationals require a visa to enter Mainland China. Visitors are advised to obtain the visas from Chinese Visa Application Center in their resident countries. If you wish to apply a visa (single or double entry) to Mainland China during your stay in Hong Kong, you may apply through The Commissioner's Office of China's Foreign Ministry in the HKSAR or China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Limited. Nationals of specific countries/ territories are exempted from a visa and entry permit to travel to Macao for tourism purpose for periods ranging 14 – 180 days. You may visit the website of the Immigration Department of the Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region for details.

Useful Numbers

Directory Inquiry Hotline (English/ Cantonese/ Mandarin) 1081/ 1083/ 1088
Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Ambulance) 999
Hong Kong International Airport 2181 8888
Hong Kong Immigration Department 2824 6111
Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Hotline 2508 1234
** For those calling from places outside Hong Kong, please dial the area code "852" before the telephone number.

Further information on Hong Kong, travel and tourist attractions is available at Hong Kong Tourism Board.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

This Conjoint Congress provides a platform for sharing the views and experience from world-leading experts in the fields of neuro-oncology and neuro-rehabilitation. It is indeed a perfect opportunity for the stakeholders in industry to update with today’s development among these opinion leaders. For further details on Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities, please contact the Congress Secretariat at BrainGermCell2019@surgery.cuhk.edu.hk or (852) 3505 1316/ 2624/ 1852.

Congress Supporters & Exhibitors