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Brain Tumor Workshop - Morocco, Casablanca

The following is a recap of the Brain Tumor Workshop that was held in Casablanca on March 5-6, 2010, as part of the 6th Congress of the Moroccan Society of Hematology and Pediatric Oncology. 
The Moroccan Society of Hematology and Pediatric Oncology
The International Outreach Program (IOP) - St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
The International Outreach Committee (IOC) - Society of Neuro-Oncology (SNO)
  • Local Organizers: M. Harif, L Hessissen, M. Karkouri, S. Zafad, A. El Khamlichi, M. Elkhorassani and many others from all disciplines.
  • From IOP: I. Qaddoumi,  F. Boop, and J. Baker.
  • From IOC: E. Bouffet (HSC) and J. Finlay (CHLA).
  • Other international experts:  T. Tihan (UCSF), F. Saran (RMH), M. Bloomer (UCSF), M. Husseini (KHCC), and M. Qudimat (KHCC).
  • To promote the field of pediatric neuro-oncology, and improve outcome for children with brain tumors in Morocco.
  • To promote team approach and interdisciplinary cross-talk, in Morocco.
  • To create a core team in each major city (Casablanca, Rabat and Marrakech).
  • To promote cooperation among these three cities and share resources.
  • To promote research in neuro-oncology.
  • To use unified national protocols in major diseases.
  • To use Morocco as a model for the region.
  • Four sessions per day for two days. Topics: Introduction, epidemiology, ocular pathology of brain tumours, neuroradiology, surgical techniques, radiotherapy of paediatric brain tumours, ependymoma, medulloblastoma, craniopharyngioma, low grade glioma, brain tumour in infants, long term follow-up, nursing role.
  • Focus was on practical topics that will contribute to improve outcome by utilizing available resources. For example special emphasis on the importance of gross total resection in some disease (ependymoma, medulloblastoma for example), pathology discussion and pathology review, the need to decrease delay (for example between surgery and radiation therapy). Also, special sessions were dedicated for different teams in Morocco (Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech) in addition to other teams/groups from the region such as Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, South Africa and Algeria.
  • Special attention was provided for discussion time after each session. This allowed the different disciplines to communicate better.
  • A special practical (hands on) 5- hours, neuropathology workshop was provided by Tarik Tihan, Michele Bloomer and Maisa Al-Husseini. It was attended by 23 pathologists from Morocco and was a great success. It was a major highlight of the meeting.
  • Special focus was provided on importance of nursing and quality of life.
  • The main players in the field of brain tumors (oncologists, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists and pathologists) agreed on the need to work closely together. Cases to be discussed as a team upfront and before initiating therapy.
  • To start working on unified protocols for medulloblastoma and low grade gliomas.
  • To create a core team in each city that will manage cases in a multidisciplinary fashion and will cooperate with counter core teams in other Moroccan cities.
  • To continue in the monthly teleconference meetings between Moroccan physicians and international collaborators such as Eric Bouffet, Ibrahim Qaddoumi and Tarik Tihan.
We believe this initiative has a good chance of success if supported locally and internationally. Such success will significantly impact outcome in Morocco and will be a model that can be duplicated in other countries in the region or around the world.
To view the full program of the Congress, click here (pdf).