Dear Colleagues and Friends of the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Community,
It is with great honor that I invite you to the 16th ISPNO meeting from 28 June – 02 July 2014, which will be held in conjunction with the 8th St. Jude-VIVA Forum in Pediatric Oncology in Singapore for the first time. Since the first ISPNO meeting in 1986, this biennial scientific conference has witnessed progress that was unimaginable in the 1980s. The pace of discovery and our knowledge of biology, treatment and late effects of pediatric CNS tumors has increased dramatically but many challenges remain, particularly in translating these advances to clinical care in developing nations.
This year is the first time ISPN (International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery), the ESPN (European Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery), and WFNS (World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies) have collaborated in developing themes and content for multidisciplinary sessions aimed at boosting participation from both regional pediatric neurosurgeons and leaders in the international pediatric neurosurgery community.
It is also the first time the Pediatric Radiation Oncology Society (PROS), has formally joined our International Advisory Board to lead opinions and assist in the design of multidisciplinary sessions during the main ISPNO meeting. We expect this new emphasis to attract even more regional and international pediatric radiation oncology delegates. This meeting is expected to provide a unique opportunity to showcase the latest innovations in radiation oncology and diagnostic imaging as these disciplines are essential elements of therapeutic planning in patients with CNS tumors.
ISPNO is the forum of choice for researchers from North America and Europe to announce pediatric neuro-oncology research results. The meeting encompasses advances in molecular diagnostics and classification, the chemotherapy of tumors of the CNS in Phase III trials, results of trials of investigational new agents from Phase I and II trials and the latest in supportive care.
Professionals involved in the care of children and adolescents are encouraged to benefit from this valuable opportunity to engage with experts, gain insights and establish new collaborations from the enriching plenaries, poster program and more.
Join us in Singapore for an unforgettable meeting!
Professor Stewart J Kellie
16th International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology