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Please send all items you would like to have included here in future issues to Oliver Bögler, Ph.D., by e-mail to gro.cno-oruen-cos@swenyteicos, or by using the links at the Society for Neuro-Oncology Web site, www.soc-neuro-onc.org.
I am pleased to announce the creation of the SNO International Outreach Committee. This committee is an effort by SNO to facilitate neuro-oncology activities and society membership on an international level, with a particular emphasis on outreach efforts in developing countries.
The committee is currently seeking volunteers with contacts in or knowledge of the geographic regions listed below. Committee members will be tasked with fostering collaborative relationships with local oncology societies, leading neuro-oncologists, and/or ministries of health from their geographic region.
Such collaborations might take the form of availing international neuro-oncologists with educational materials via the SNO or other Web sites, including sites housing taped lectures, teaching files, and syllabi from lectures presented at SNO meetings, or sites of international libraries, and extending the availability of Neuro-Oncology. Ultimately, it is hoped that these initiatives will lead to continuing medical education activities organized through SNO and to increasing international membership.
The geographic regions of particular interest are as follows:
The SNO Office will liaise with committee members and provide logistical support in their outreach efforts.
I do hope you will consider joining the International Outreach Committee, as I believe it is an opportunity not only to assist our international colleagues, but also to make a lasting contribution to the field of neuro-oncology. To join, please contact Executive Director Chas Haynes in the SNO Office (e-mail: gro.cno-oruen-cos@sahc).
Society for Neuro-Oncology
Thanks to the efforts and editorial care of SNO Executive Director Chas Haynes, we have restarted the SNO newsletter. Included, as before, are interviews with members of the society and up-to-date news items from the society and other organizations in the field. Unlike in the past, however, you can now listen to the interviews in a podcast format, as well as read them in the newsletter itself. For access to the MP3 files, please visit the SNO Web site (www.soc-neuro-onc.org), click on the “News” link, and from the news page click on the “Interviews” link. This will take you to a third-party site housing the interviews. From there, you can access the podcast files.
The first interview in the new series is a discussion with Dr. Darell Bigner, in which we discuss his editorship of this journal and his work at the Duke University Brain Tumor Center.
The SNO Web site also includes a Neuro-Oncology Center Directory—akin to a yellow pages of brain tumor centers. Each center is invited to submit its information to this directory to showcase its clinical and research enterprises. These listings are searchable by the public as well as your colleagues and are intended to help geographic referrals and the development of collaborations. Please click on the “Center Directory” link at the top of the page, and then go to “Add a Listing.”
For comments or concerns, please contact Oliver Bögler ( gro.cno-oruen-cos@retsambew).
The Brain Tumor Society (BTS) is awarding grants to fund basic scientific and translational research directed at finding a cure for brain tumors. Grants are awarded annually at a maximum of $100,000 per year. Grants may be used for start-up projects or supplementary funding. Funds cannot be used for indirect costs. Clinical projects will not be funded.
Letter of intent packets are available at www.tbts.org. The deadline for submitting a letter of intent is January 16, 2007.
BTS also has announced a funding opportunity for specific research focused on juvenile pilocytic astro-cytomas (JPAs) and other pediatric low-grade astro-cytomas. The deadline for these applications is February 15, 2007. For more information and application packets, visit www.tbts.org.
On behalf of chairs Martin J. van den Bent, M.D., Ph.D., and W.K. Alfred Yung, M.D., it is our pleasure to invite you to attend “Perspectives in Central Nervous System Malignancies.” This event is designed to be the premier forum for leading clinicians and researchers in CNS oncology to discuss state-of-the-art management of primary and secondary brain tumors, as well as future treatment options. Discussion topics will include imaging techniques, surgical techniques, chemotherapy and radiotherapy options, challenges in management of secondary metastases, and quality-of-life issues related to treatment. We look forward to seeing you in Warsaw in March! For more information see www.imedex.com.
General meeting registration and housing reservations opened October 27, 2006. The advance registration and housing deadline is Friday, March 9, 2007. For further information about the annual meeting and to register and make housing reservations for the meeting, visit www.tumorsection.org.
SNO 2007, November 15–18, 2007, Gaylord Texan on Lake Grapevine, Dallas, TX
SNO 2008, November 20–23, 2008, Lake Las Vegas Resort, Las Vegas, NV