Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the 19th International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology (ISPNO), which will take place in Karuizawa, Japan in December 2020.

The very first ISPNO was held in Tokyo, Japan in 1986. The ISPNO has since become the most prominent and distinguished scientific meeting in the field of pediatric neuro-oncology and now it comes back to where it all started. ISPNO2020 covers virtually all aspects of pediatric neuro-oncology, including diagnosis, clinical trials, novel treatment, basic and translational researches, neuroradiology, psychology, quality of life, nursing and patients’ care. Pediatric neuro-oncology has seen the explosion of new developments in the last decade, relishing the technological advancement of molecular genetics. Molecular classification and translational researches are now an integrated part of clinical practices. Where do we go from here? ISPNO2020 will be the opportunity to discuss and work together towards the next steps.

The ISPNO2020 will be held from Sunday, December 13 to Wednesday, December 16, 2020, rescheduled from the original dates in June due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The meeting will start with the traditional Education Day, followed by the main symposium that consists of a series of plenary sessions, keynote lectures, panel discussions, concurrent and sunrise sessions as well as plenty of posters, covering most major topics on pediatric brain tumors. In particular, ISPNO2020 will shed light on the Asian scene of pediatric neuro-oncology. We have already collected a record number of abstracts. We welcome delegates from all over the world, especially those from Asia who wish to exchange ideas and discuss about their experiences with the international board of experts. We also encourage those who have never attended ISPNO to join us at ISPNO2020.

The symposium venue will be the Karuizawa Prince Hotel West. Karuizawa is a popular mountain resort, originally promoted by a Canadian missionary Alexander Croft Shaw, who was fascinated by its rich nature and climate, which he felt was similar to his hometown in Toronto. Karuizawa is located at the foot of the magnificent Mt. Asama, and as a part of a National Park, its forests, waters and volcanic landscape offers a cozy secluded atmosphere for the meeting, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It also offers great winter resort, particularly for skiing.

Karuizawa is only one-hour Shinkansen trip from Tokyo. With the world-renowned train network, it takes less than 3 hours to the venue from Narita/Haneda International Airport. Access for international guests in Japan will ever be easier in 2020 as Tokyo is preparing for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

If you have not been to Japan before, do not miss this opportunity. If you have, explore more. ISPNO always offers you the most up-to-date information on pediatric neuro-oncology and brings you a chance to meet experts. We will do our best to make ISPNO2020 the greatest opportunity to push the field of pediatric neuro-oncology forward and connect people. We look forward to working with you toward the cure of pediatric brain tumors. See you in Karuizawa!

Koichi Ichimura, M.D., Ph.D.
Koichi Ichimura, M.D., Ph.D.

Koichi Ichimura, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair of ISPNO2020
Division of Brain Tumor Translational Research
National Cancer Center Research Institute

Ryo Nishikawa, M.D., Ph.D.
Ryo Nishikawa, M.D., Ph.D.

Ryo Nishikawa, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice Chair of ISPNO2020
Department of Neuro-Oncology/Neurosurgery
Saitama Medical University
International Medical Center

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