Summer greetings for those above the equator, and winter greetings for those below. We have been busy at SIOP realigning our infrastructure nomenclature and you’ll notice on our website that we now have SIOP Networks to reflect the dynamic nature of the work in areas such as nursing, pediatric psycho-oncology and nutrition. In addition, we have held recent elections, and welcome our new President-elect, Guillermo Chantada, of Argentina, and SIOP Continental Presidents, Jeff Dome (North America), and Claire Wakefield (Oceania).
Our strategic plan execution continues apace. Examples include the new Congress Development Committee’s focus on future options and improvements, Membership Committee’s review of structure, engagement and opportunities, and Publications and Surveys Committees’ restructuring of SIOP badging (logo use) and endorsements.
We hope to have an exciting Congress this year, despite missing Hawaii, and returning to a virtual platform. Please note Hawaii is now scheduled for 2024!
The symbol of my US state is a bear, and I use it to salute all key stakeholders in pediatric oncology who have shown such strength throughout this on-going pandemic.
Best regards, Julia Challinor, SIOP Secretary General