International paediatrics conference opens in Newcastle

The International Society of Paediatric Oncology and European Neuroblastoma Group's (SIOPEN) annual general meeting has opened at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle today (24 November).

Newcastle's new Crowne Plaza hotel
Newcastle's new Crowne Plaza hotel

Around two hundred delegates will attend a range of meetings, workshops and talks over the next four days, as well as a drinks reception at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and a conference dinner within the Great North Museum Hancock.

The conference also incorporates the 4th Neuroblastoma Research Symposium. Deborah Tweddle, professor of paediatric oncology at Newcastle University and chair of the local organising committee for the conference, said it will be one of the largest European clinical neuroblastoma meetings to date.

"Newcastle University has a long standing history of internationally renowned neuroblastoma research having made major advances in the genetics and treatment of this aggressive childhood cancer over the last 20 years," she commented.

This month will also see 150 delegates descend on the city for the Society for Intravenous Anaesthesia UK (SIVA UK) Annual Scientific Meeting at Newcastle Civic Centre. Combined with SIOPEN, the two conferences will pump over £400,000 into the local economy.

Last month the city welcomed the 6th Annual Alliance for Healthy Aging, hosted by NUIA, and the British Association for Cancer Research’s Breast Cancer Conference, which together provided a £400,000 boost to the local economy.

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