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Anyone in the neuro-oncology profession may submit to the journal the announcements of meetings, conferences, and funding opportunities of interest to colleagues. Please send announcements to Oliver Bögler, Ph.D., Brain Tumor Center and Department of Neurosurgery, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Unit BSRB 1004, Room S5.8136, 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77030, USA (telephone 713-834 6216; fax 713-834-6257; e-mail: gro.cno-oruen-cos@swenyteicos).
Correspondence to the Society should be sent to Society for Neuro-Oncology, P.O. Box 890886, Houston, TX 77289-0886, USA, or in care of Jan Esenwein, 4617 Birch Street, Bellaire, TX 77401-5509, USA (telephone: 713-349-0952; fax: 832-201-8129; e-mail: gro.cno-oruen-cos@naj or gro.cno-oruen-cos@pihsrebmem).
The SNO Web site (www.soc-neuro-onc.org) is undergoing an upgrade, and the new site is scheduled to be online by late summer 2005. The main motivation behind the upgrade is to allow greater involvement by the membership, and at the new site, members will be able to post news items, announcements, and job positions and to participate in discussions. In addition, some new features are planned, so please keep an eye on your e-mail inbox for announcements from the site. The rollout date of the site has been pushed back by some months for additional design work to make the site as user friendly as possible. Periodic content updates of the old site will occur until the new site is complete.
The Web site for submitting manuscripts and reviews online to Neuro-Oncology is under development at www.editorialmanager.com/n-o. Watch for the launch this summer.
Hundreds of motorcyclists gathered at Houston’s Pasadena Convention Center and Fairgrounds to show support for young brain tumor survivors on May 1. The thirteenth annual Houston Ride for Kids raised more than $206,000 for the research and family support programs of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States (PBTFUS), the Ride for Kids sponsor since 1984. Thanks to the thousands of caring and generous motorcyclists and motorcycle dealers who have supported the program since its inception, PBTFUS has become the largest nongovernmental source of funding for pediatric brain tumor research in the world. More information about the Ride for Kids and PBTFUS is available at the Web sites rideforkids.org or pbtfus.org or by contacting Mary O. Ratcliffe at 800-253-6530 or gro.suftbp@effilctarm.
The Brain Tumor Epidemiology Consortium will bring together senior and junior investigators in neuropathology and epidemiology for a meeting in Chicago on September 26–27 at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health to discuss current and future directions on diagnosis and classification of brain tumors as related to epidemiologic research and to develop a consensus on systematic approaches for ensuring consistency of tumor classification in multi-institutional retrospective and prospective studies. For more information contact Faith Davis, Ph.D. ( ude.ciu@deyaf), U.S. Host, or Carol Kruchko ( moc.loa@surtbckc), Administrative Official.
Neuro-Oncology Update: State of the Art 2005 will be held at the Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, on September 30 and October 1. Links to the preliminary program are available at the Web sites.
Course Director: S. Phuphanich
Codirectors: J. Olson, I. Crocker, and A. Janss
The 4th Meeting of the Asian Society for Neuro-Oncology will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, at The Grand Hotel. The deadline for submitting abstracts for this meeting is July 31, 2005. Links for submitting abstracts and accessing the meeting program, as well as details on accommodations, the meeting venue, and the social program, are available at the Web site.
Contact: Secretariat 4th Meeting of ASNO, 12F, No. 220, Minchiuan Rd., Hsinchu, Taiwan 300
Web site: www.asno2005.org
The Second International CNS Germ Cell Tumor Conference will be held at the Hilton Los Angeles, Universal City, California. Additional information is available at the Web site.
Contact: Jonathan L. Finlay, Conference Organizer, Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
The seventh congress of the European Association for Neurooncology will take place at the Hofburg Congress Center in the Hofburg Palace, Vienna.
Contact: Romana König, Executive Director, Vienna Medical Academy
Web site: www.medacad.org/eano2006
The eleventh annual meeting of the Society for Neuro-Oncology will be held in Orlando, Florida.