The SIOP Women Leaders in Paediatric Oncology (WLPO) Network aims to promote female leadership in paediatric oncology and camaraderie among female professionals in global health through public events, role modelling and networking opportunities. The Network aims to contribute to building the next generation of talented female professionals in paediatric oncology.
Rachel Hollis is Honorary Nurse Adviser (Children’s Cancer) at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust in the UK. She spent more than thirty years working in paediatric oncology and haematology in Leeds, and has been involved in developing services for children and young people with cancer in the UK at the local and national level. Rachel is a long standing nurse member of SIOP, having served on the Nursing Committee, and represented nursing on the Scientific Committee. She is engaged in the Global Health Network and was a co-author of the SIOP Baseline Standards for paediatric oncology nursing care in low and middle-income countries. She works alongside nurse members of SIOP and international nursing colleagues, to ensure that nursing is integrated into the WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer. She is co-chair of the Sub-Saharan Africa Nursing Network. Rachel is the Vice Chair of the Board of ‘World Child Cancer UK’, a charity which works to support capacity building in paediatric oncology in low and middle income countries. She leads a twinning partnership between the Leeds Children’s Hospital and the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services. Rachel was made a Fellow of the UK Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in recognition of her work, and chairs the Professional Nursing Committee of the RCN.
Dr. Naureen Mushtaq is an Associate Professor and Paediatric Neuro-oncologist from Pakistan. She is the section head of Paediatric Oncology at the Aga Khan University hospital, Karachi. As the only trained Pediatric Neuro-oncologist in Pakistan she has established Pediatric Neuro-oncology MDT at AKU with the help of an excellent twinning initiative with The Hospital of Sick Children Toronto. She also developed four National Pediatric Brain Tumor Boards across Pakistan with the help of My Child Matter Grant (Sanofi Espoir Aventis Fondation) for Capacity building of Pediatric Neuro-oncology services in 13 private/public sector hospitals of Pakistan. Her research interests are Low grade glioma and medulloblastoma in children. She is author of more than 33 peer reviewed manuscripts and few book chapters. She is also the founder of Pediatric Neuro-oncology fellowship in Pakistan at Aga Khan University Hospital. PNO (Pediatric Neuro-oncology) team led by her developed Pakistan National Guidelines for the treatment of Medulloblastoma, Low Grade Glioma and High-Grade Glioma.
Dr. Lori Wiener, Ph.D., is co-director of the Behavioral Health Core and head of the Psychosocial Support and Research Program. As both a clinician and behavioral scientist, Dr. Wiener has developed a robust clinical and research program that has focused on critical clinical issues such as parental coping, lone parenting, transnational parenting, sibling and sibling donor experiences, graph versus host disease, and end-of-life planning. Dr. Wiener has also dedicated a substantial part of her career to applying knowledge from her clinical experience and research to create innovative resources such as books, workbooks, therapeutic games and an advance care planning guide for children, adolescents, and young adults. Each of these resources are distributed worldwide and widely utilized in pediatric centers. Dr. Wiener proudly led the team that has developed the first evidence-based psychosocial standards of care for children with cancer and their family members. She has published over 250 publications spanning peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, co-edited the textbooks Pediatric Psycho-Oncology: A Quick Reference on the Psychosocial Dimensions of Cancer Symptom Management and Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology: Textbook for Multi-disciplinary Care, a storybook, The Gift of Gerbert’s Feathers, to help children through the psychological and behavioral process of preparing for a natural end of life and most recently a Special Issue in CHILDREN on Psychosocial Issues in Children and Adolescents Living with a Rare Condition.