Project information

The Neuroblastoma Research Symposium

This Symposium aims to reinforce the profile of neuroblastoma by bringing together the UK and European neuroblastoma clinical, research and charity communities and to foster collaboration amongst them, targeted at improving the treatment and care for high risk neuroblastoma patients.

November 2015 - November 2015

Charity information

Neuroblastoma UK

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  • Need


    Because the level of research funding is comparatively modest and because neuroblastoma research involves a wide range of disciplines from basic developmental biology through advanced computational chemistry for drug discovery to mouse models and clinical trials to assess the efficacy of new treatment protocols, there is a recognised need to encourage networking amongst researchers in these different areas.


    Our aim is that the Symposium will facilitate this collaboration and cross-fertilisation of ideas. The Neuroblastoma Research Symposium is a timely way to appraise the UK research activity in the area and to encourage the submission of established and pump-priming research proposals.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reinforce the profile of neuroblastoma.


    » Bringing together the UK and European neuroblastoma clinical, research and charity communities and to foster collaboration amongst them.

    By the increasing number of researchers in the field; increasing the number of grant applications; improvement in treatment and care; publication of scientific meeting report.

    Aim 2

    To encourage younger researchers to continue their careers in neuroblastoma research.


    » By making them part of an active and thriving research community; inviting poster submissions; and offering free meeting attendance.

    Giving them the opportunity to be part of an active and thriving research community and an opportunity at an early stage of their career to present their work.

    Aim 3

    To fully apprise charities of current and prospective research and of clinical trials.


    » There will be a meeting between charity representatives and clinicians; and a lay report of the Symposium will be circulated to parents.

    To see an increase in funding strategies by charities and dissemination of information to parents.

  • Impact


    In the longer term, and with greater collaboration, we aim to see more new and improved treatments for children with neuroblastoma and to see those treatments coming to the bedside much faster than at present.


    Speakers may be unavailable for a particular topic. We have a list of speakers for the various topics; and a number of other topics that could be introduced.


    Scientific meeting reports of the three past Symposia have been published: Pediatr. Blood and Cancer, 2011, 58, 649-651 and Pediatr. Blood and Cancer 2012, 59, 594-596 and Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2014 Sep;61(9):1711-3.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Venue Hire, daytime catering, equipment, printing
      £4,500 Dinner/Reception Catering
      £2,500 Speakers costs Travel, accommodation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Donation £2,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    This year the Symposium will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle upon Tyne following the AGM of SIOPEN (International Society of Paediatric Oncology Europe Neuroblastoma) and will run from 1pm on Thursday, 26 November to 50m on Friday, 27 November.


    Children with neuroblastoma.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Neuroblastoma UK is the only charity wholly dedicated to funding neuroblastoma research. We have organised threeo past Symposia which were extremely well received within the neuroblastoma research community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Guy Blanchard

    Trustee - responsible for planning the programme and inviting speakers.

    Dr Yvonne Boyd

    Trustee - Secretary of the Society and responsible for planning the programme and inviting speakers.