Dear SIOP Leaders,

Big thanks to our SIOP leaders for their hard work and dedication to SIOP and SIOP members. Please take a few minutes to see the variety of work that has been developed and offered last month as well as a few updates and opportunities.

Updates on the Wonderful Work and Initiatives across the Society

  1. The 2023 SIOP Annual Report was released showcasing the enormous achievements and accomplishments of our Society last year.
  2. The Women Leaders Network continued to release profiles of women leaders featured in the 2024 Almanac of Women Leaders in Paediatric Oncology in April: Crystal Mackall, Milena Villarroel, Jennifer Geel, Mariko Kakazu, Kusuma Kumary, Raelene Endersby. More profiles will be released in the coming weeks.
  3. The SIOP Epidemiology and Outcomes Network has its TOR approved and has opened the process for nominations/self-nominations for key leadership positions. Full details and deadlines are here.
  4. The Nursing Network held developed an advocacy campaign “Advancing Equity and Advancing Care” to celebrate the International Nurses Day. The campaign will release a number of campaign posts in May 2024. The Nursing Network also announced its nursing program for the 2024 SIOP Congress. The CARE WG of the Nursing Network held an educational session on “QI Project and Burnout” with colleagues from SIOP Oceania on 4/18/2024.
  5. The Governance Committee approved the TORs of the PARC Committee and the CARE WG of the Nursing Network. Feedback was shared with the GHN Partnerships WG for their TOR re-design.
  6. GHN SWOT analysis tool received feedback from 75 members. GHN is revising its TOR, expected in May 2024.
  7. The PARC Committee updated its TOR which was approved by the Governance Committee.
  8. As of today, SIOP members number 2,800+ people from 143 countries. We have surpassed 93% of our target membership number for 2024. Congratulations to the SIOP Membership Committee!
  9. The Soc Media Team of the Young SIOP Network shared a couple of social media posts from members recognizing the AYA Cancer Awareness Month!
  10. The Rehabilitation SIG of the Supportive Care Network is carrying out a survey. See details here.
  11. The Advocacy Committee agreed to support UICC on their WNTD Campaign, planning LGCW sessions, and are working to finalize the SIOP Neutrality and Integrity Policy.
  12. The WHO Committee is in the process of managing SIOP’s involvement in the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA77) by drafting a SIOP-led grouped statement, supporting various grouped statements led by other NGOs, and attending various pre-meetings. Its Essential Medicines WG is preparing for the follow-up session at the SIOP 2024 Annual Congress jointly with CCI and WHO related to substandard/falsified medicines and had developed a draft TOR.
  13. At the abstract submission deadline, the SIOP Scientific Committee received 1,767 abstracts for the Hawaii Congress, setting a record. Congratulations!
  14. SIOP PPO and the broader SIOP Community mourns the loss of Dr. Victoria Willard, PPO Steering Group member.
  15.  SIOP Africa held a session on “Addressing the Hurdles: Managing Infections Complications in Pediatric Cancer Patients Across Africa” on 4/30/24.
  16. The Membership Committee has opened the process for free SIOP membership requests for people from LIC/LMIC/UMIC who would like to benefit from this opportunity for 2024. More details and deadlines are here.

If you wish to join any of the SIOP Networks or Working Groups, please join them through SIOP CONNECT > Groups.

For your general SIOP Knowledge

  1. The SIOP Secretariat has developed a FAQ page to help with usage of SIOP CONNECT. Did you already download your 2024 Membership Certificate? You can do so from SIOP CONNECT-here’s how to do so.
  2. Your WG/Network page on SIOP CONNECT has a File Library Function – feel free to upload pdfs that you wish all your group members to access.

Upcoming Congresses

  1. SIOP 2024 Congress (Hawaii) registration is now open.
  2. Africa 2024 Congress (South Africa) registration is open.
  3. SIOPE 2024 Congress (Italy) registration is open.
  4. Asia 2024 Congress (Japan): registration  is open.
  5. Attendees of the SIOP Europe Congress and SIOP Asia Congress will receive 10% discounts when they register for the SIOP Annual Congress in Hawaii, USA. Discount codes will be emailed after the Europe and Asia Congresses take place.

Congratulations to:

  • GHN Psychosocial Support WG leadership position: Alisa Kamalyan (Co-Chair)
  • SIOP Asia President Elect: Gevorg Tamamyan (Armenia)

If you have offered any member activities in April 2024 and this summary does not capture it, please update the Secretariat so that we can highlight your work in the future! We look forward to your activities and member engagement offerings in May 2024!

If the SIOP Secretariat can support you with anything in your SIOP initiatives, please do not hesitate to reach out.


Warm regards,

SIOP Secretariat