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Nicholas Foreman, MB ChB
Michael Handler, MD
The Children's Hospital and the University of Colorado
Aurora, CO

The Society of Neuro-Oncology Neuro-Tumor Club Dinner in Denver, Colorado on April the 20th, 2009 proved the most popular yet.  Over thirty-five submitted abstracts were received of uniformly high quality, almost twice as many as at previous dinners.  Abstracts came from four countries and were representative of the most cutting edge research in Neuro-Oncology.
Trying to reduce this to fourteen talks was difficult given the standard of the submissions. This was achieved by grouping and selecting talks into a limited number of sessions by topic. 

The topics covered were:

-       MicroRNA

-       Bench to Bedside and Back again

-       New Tools

-       Angiogenesis and tumor microenvironment.

The first three topics were covered by over-views by authority figures in those areas and then followed by three individual talks.  The last topic was covered by two talks.  We would like to particularly thank Dr Purow, Hawkins and Debinski for delivering overviews which were models of authoritative brevity. The most difficult moment was loading the talks onto the computer given the variety of programs used to create them but this was in the end successfully achieved.

The dinner took place in a renovated bank lobby of considerable beauty.  Acceptances continued coming right up to the dinner and in the end there were over one hundred and eighty researchers present.  The space was fortunately adequate (barely) and there was food enough for all.  The fourteen speakers were scheduled over three hours, requiring a tight time line.  The speakers managed to do this excellently, finishing on time, and yet conveying an astonishing amount of data.  It would be unfair to pick out one talk for praise as there was a uniformly high standard.  Perhaps the most noticeable new feature at this dinner was the greater presence of pediatric Neuro-Oncology researchers both as presenters and in the audience.  The most valuable part of the evening may have been the informal conversing at the end of the evening after the talks.  New collaborations were being made and plans stretched out to share data and specimens

Special thanks should be given to Katie Patterson, the local organizer and to SNO Executive Director, Charles Haynes.