Singapore, June 2014 – The International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology is held every 2 years and is the only global platform for the multidisciplinary Pediatric Neuro-Oncology community to meet and share ground breaking laboratory and clinical study results in order to expedite the development of more effective treatments for children battling all forms of brain tumors.

The Chairman for the Conference, Dr. Stewart Kellie, had a vision by hosting this international symposium in Singapore to ensure that medical education and cross-pollination of scientific research would flow across the Asian continent as well as the rest of the globe.

The International Organizing Committee was comprised of researchers/clinicians from 11 different countries including: Canada, Germany, France, Australia, USA, United Kingdom, Thailand, India, Japan, Hong Kong and Austria – truly a global effort.

This year’s meeting featured an emphasis on the integration of many laboratory developments into clinical practice. The scientific program occupied three full days, as well as a nursing symposium and several other programs. Dedicated symposia/workshops were conducted for the following tumor types :
· Medulloblastoma Biology and Clinical
· Low Grade Glioma
· Ependymoma
· High Grade Gliomas
· PNET and Rare Tumors
· CNS Germ Cell Tumors
· Atypical Teratoid Rhaboid Tuors (ATRT)

In addition sessions on the following disciplines included:
· Radiation Oncology and Radiology
· Nursing and Palliative Care
· Pre-Clinical Trial Testing
· Survivorship and Quality of Life

Poster Presentations a wide array of topics, with special emphasis on:
· Clinical Trials
· Neuro Surgery
· Epidemiology

As well as other tumor specific issues.

A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure Foundation was a Platinum Sponsor of this event, hosting a Low Grade Glioma workshop and symposium. Interestingly, this conference marked a significant transition of the sponsor profile, with 95% of funding/sponsorship for the meetings stemming from philanthropic and charitable foundations (less than 5% of sponsorship income for the meeting was provided by pharmaceutical companies or industry groups). This shift in support is significant and allows opportunity for NGOs in targeted research areas to influence the direction for not just scientific projects, but the collaborative efforts of the global scientific community to present discoveries and learn from each other to accelerate the pace of research..

Save The Date: ISPNO 2016 will be hosted in Liverpool, England from June 12th – June 15th.

Check out the photos below from this year’s conference!