The topics covered were:
- 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.