Multi-Disciplinary Organization Dedicated to Promoting Advances in
Neuro-Oncology Through Research and Education

SNO Annual Scientific Meeting and Education Day

The 2011 SNO Annual Scientific Meeting and Education Day, in conjunction with the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors, will be held November 17-20, with the Education Day presented November 17, and the Scientific Meeting November 18-20.
The Education Day will focus on Radiosurgery and Radiobiology, with a concurrent session devoted to Quality of Life.  A third session, a 3-hour clinical trials course for young investigators, will explore unique aspects of neuro-oncology trial design, conduct and evaluation.
The Radiosurgery and Radiobiology track will have sessions devoted to:
  • Technology of Radiosurgery and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy:  Evolution from Brain to Spine
  • Spine Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy: What is it? What are the outcomes? What are the issues, controversies?
  • Spine Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Spinal cord Tolerance: Contrasting human and animal data
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Malignant Epidural Spinal Cord Compression
  • Perspective I: How does surgery integrate with radiosurgery for primary and spinal cancers?
  • Perspective II: How does surgery integrate with radiosurgery for primary and spinal cancers?
  • Skull Base Radiosurgery:  Current Knowledge and Unanswered Questions
  • Radiation Therapy for Brain Metastases Based on the Currently Available Evidence
  • Radiosurgery for Gliomas
  • Radiosurgery for the postoperative resection cavity
  • Radiation and Brain Tumor Microenvironment
  • Nanodevices and radiation therapy, ways around the barrier?
  • Neural Stem Cells and Radiation
  • Radiation-Induced Targeted and Non-targeted Response: Mechanism and Clinical Implication
  • Ultrasound, High and Low dose radiation and Apoptosis
  • PARP Inhibitors and Radiation Therapy for Brain Tumors
The Quality of Life concurrent session is under development.
An OPTIONAL afternoon 3-hour course for young investigators on clinical trials design, conduct and evaluation will also be offered on Education Day. The course will include presentations by seasoned investigators:
  • Phase 0 and I trials- how can they expedite the clinical research agenda
  • Challenges in Phase II trial design
  • Overview of the basics of Phase III trials
  • Challenges of response assessment/endpoint evaluations for surgically based studies
  • Responsibilities of a PI
  • Overview of Regulatory Requirements (Institutional and FDA)
  • Personal experience in conducting a clinical trial- pearls and pitfalls
The Scientific Meeting will feature popular and informative plenary sessions and informal poster sessions, build on the traditional SNO format presenting top-scoring abstracts, and invited meet-the-expert sessions.
Registration for the Scientific Meeting and Education Day includes continental breakfasts and boxed lunches each day, a Welcome Reception, 2 poster-viewing receptions and banquet.
If you require assistance with hearing, vision or mobility, or require a special diet, please contact Jan Esenwein.
The Pre-registration deadline for lowest registration rates is October 17.
The online registration deadline is November 10. Online registrations cannot be accepted after November 10. You will have to register on on-site, and on-site surcharges will apply.
CANCELLATIONS must be received in writing no later than November 10, and registration fees will be refunded less a $50 handling fee. Cancellations received after November 10 cannot be refunded, but the meeting registration can be transferred to another person with written authorization.

Organizer Linda Greer


Thu, Nov. 17 - Fri, Nov. 18, 2011
8 a.m. - noon
(GMT-0700) US/Pacific


Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92840