Welcome

The theme of this meeting is Teamwork: The Key to Clinical Excellence in Paediatric Neuro-Oncology.

Our keynote speaker, François Doz, is professor of Paediatrics at the University Paris Descartes. He is a paediatric oncologist, and deputy director for research and training in the paediatric, adolescents and young adults’ oncology integrated center at the Curie Institute. He obtained his MD, paediatric specialty and master’s degree in pharmacology in Paris. He then spent two years as a research fellow in the Brain Tumour Research Center, University of California, San Francisco. His main research interests are Paediatric Neuro-oncology (especially medulloblastoma), Retinoblastoma, Early Drug Development and Ethics of Clinical Research. He is past-chair of the SIOP scientific committee, member of the SIOPE Board, past- chair of the SIOP-Europe Brain Tumour Group (2006-2010), and of its Medulloblastoma/PNET working group (2013-2016), member of the clinical trial committee and of the executive committee of the ITCC consortium (Innovative Treatment for Children with Cancer) (http://www.itcc-consortium.org/) and current co-chair of the European Retinoblastoma Group. We are privileged to host him at PBTW 2017.

This year we will focus on the teamwork in the clinical context and once again emphasize the importance of joint decision-making. Komala Pillay will deliver this year’s neuropathology talk as a tribute to Richard Hewlett, Tony Figaji will share some neurosurgical reflections on how to avoid the VP-Shunt and Tracy Kilborn will be updating us on medulloblastoma imaging after a sabbatical at Sick Kids in Toronto. We are pleased to announce that Rolene Wagner, CEO of Frere Hospital in East London, and 2016 government sector businesswoman of the year has agreed to talk about managing human assets and building teams, and that Raj Ramesar, head of genetics at UCT, has accepted an invitation to talk about mismatch repair deficiency syndrome and the role of genetics in the brain tumour clinic. There will be a report back from SIOP and talks on late effects, palliative care, endocrinology, and neuro-psychology. We hope to encourage participation by Radiation Oncologists Oncologists, Surgeons, Radiation Oncologists, Radiologists, Pathologists and Allied Health Professionals from all over South Africa and the African sub-continent.

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