PROS Newsletter - March 2023

Posted by Kelly WILL | March 24, 2023 - 10:06

The SIOP-PROS Ottawa preliminary program is now available


The preliminary program is available on the PROS website : Discover it now

Please note that this document is provisional and subject to change. The program page is frequently updated with the latest version of the document.


Registration for the SIOP - PROS 2023 Congress
 is officially open!


Register now and take advantage of the early registration savings, available until July 18, 2023.

There are only five days left to submit your abstract to SIOP 2023 and to share your topic proposal for SIOP 2024 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Deadline: March 22, 2023.

The constant development of the pediatric oncology field is crucial for the advancement of cancer treatment. Get ready for four days of cutting-edge science, engaging debates, and networking with world-renowned experts in the area!

Join us on our mission to improve the health and welfare of childhood cancer patients worldwide. 

See you in Ottawa,


PROS Essen abstracts - Red journal publication

The PROS abstracts from the Essen congress have been published on the Red Journal. You can access them here: PROS Essen Abstracts on the Red Journal


In memoriam of Audrey Evans

Dr. Audrey E. Evans, Philadelphia, a professor emerita of pediatrics at Penn, the first chief of the division of oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and cofounder of the Ronald McDonald house, passed away on Sept. 29, 2022.

 In 1969 she was recruited to become CHOP’s first chief of oncology, as well as an associate professor of pediatrics at Penn. She became a renowned figure in the world of childhood cancer, developing a protocol for assessing which children with neuroblastoma need aggressive treatments and which can be aided with less invasive methods. The Evans Staging System was used for decades, and during her tenure at CHOP, the mortality rate for children with neuroblastoma dropped by 50 percent according to some accounts. She was also one of the first researchers to recognize the importance of nursing, psychology, and social work in the care of children with cancer, advocating for a “total care” approach. In 1974, she cofounded, with Philadelphia Eagles general manager Jimmy Murray, the first Ronald McDonald House. The house, which offered a home away from home for families while their children received hospital treatment, became a model for more than 375 other Ronald McDonald Houses in 45 countries. “A family with a sick child is a sick family”, she was known to say. Among many accolades, she received the William Osler Patient Oriented Research Award from Penn in 1997. She retired from her leadership positions at Penn in 1989 but continued to work on neuroblastoma in the lab for another decade, retiring from teaching in 2001 and from CHOP in 2009. In her retirement, she helped found the St. James School in Philadelphia in 2011. A biopic about her life, Audrey’s Children, recently began filming.
From The Pennsylvania Gazette, The Alumni Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania, March/April 2023

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