The International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) is a world-wide organization of doctors, nurses, medical scientists, and parents of children with cancer. There are continental and country conferences on a yearly basis, where ideas, experiences and research results are presented and discussed.
BTMAT’s Clinical Director (Professor Peter Hesseling), its Founder (Dr Peter McCormick), and its senior Supervisor of the work in Cameroon (Dr Francine Kouya) are all members of SIOP, and attend as many conferences relating to Africa as they are able.
Attending such meetings ensures that we meet and confer with like-minded colleagues working in the same field as ourselves. We benefit from this interaction. Our oral and poster presentations are published in SIOP’s journal – Paediatric Blood and Cancer.
In October 2011 the main conference is in Auckland, New Zealand; Dr Peter McCormick will attend and present one aspect of our work.
In March 2012 there is an African meeting in Capetown; Prof Hesseling, Dr Peter McCormick, Dr Paul Wharin, Dr Francine Kouya, Dr Edouard Katayi, and two of our Research Assistant Nurses will all attend and present different aspects of our work.
In October 2012 the main SIOP conference is in London; BTMAT will have a major part to play in that meeting!