SIOPE Brain Tumour Group meeting

Prague, 7. – 9. 9. 2017

Welcome letter

Dear Colleagues,

it is our great pleasure to invite you to annual SIOPE Brain Tumour Group meeting, which will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, in September 2017. All group members are cordially invited to attend, registration is open and will be served for up to 200 participants on first come first served basis.

The meeting will follow the successful format of previous meetings, including an educational day and enjoyable social events.

The meeting will be held from Thursday, September 7, 2017 (education day) through Saturday, September 9, 2017. As meeting place we have chosen the Orea Hotel Pyramida. It is located in the city centre within walking distance of the Prague Castle, with many other sightseeing attractions in close proximity. Weather in Prague is usually lovely in September with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the cultural attractions and all the beauty of Prague. We encourage you to register early and secure your room at the meeting hotel, where a special conference rate was negotiated. Please check back for more information as meeting plans are finalized, program will be updated on regular basis.

We are honoured to host SIOPE BTG meeting and on behalf of hosting institution, 2nd Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, we are looking forward to welcoming you in Prague.

David Sumerauer

David Sumerauer, MD, PhD
Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Faculty Hospital Motol
Charles University, 2nd Medical Faculty
V Uvalu 84
Prague 5
150 06

Preliminary Programme

Thursday, September 7th

Paediatric Neuro-Oncology Education day (Sept 7) – program is announced separately, see tab above

18.30 - 20.00 Steering Committee Meeting (closed meeting) - Stefan Rutkowski
Venue: Restaurant Vila Kajetánka (

Friday, September 8th

08.00 - 09.00 Training and Education Group Meeting – Guirish Solanki (room LUŽNICE)
09.00 - 10.00 Trial Specific Meetings – Session 1
  • Infant MB group (Dufour, Rutkowski)
  • CNS-Neuroblastoma and ETMR (von Hoff)
  • SIOPE AT/RT protocol I (Nysom)
10.00 - 10.30 Invited talk: The lifecycle of medulloblastoma metastases - M. Taylor, Toronto
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 - 13.00 Discipline Group Meetings
  • Quality of Survival – Gabi Calaminus, Mathilde Chevignard, Jenny Limond (room XX)
  • Radiotherapy – Geert Janssens (room XX)
  • Neurosurgery – Marie van Veelen (room XX)
  • Imaging – Shivaram Avula, Andrew Peet (room XX)
  • MB/PNET Biology and Pathology – Stefan Pfister (room XX)
  • HGG biology – Esther Hullemann (room XX)
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.00 Trial Specific Meetings – Session 2
  • HR-MB group (Bailey)
  • SIOPE AT/RT protocol II (Nysom)
  • MEMMAT (Slavc)
15.00 - 18.00 Tumour Specific Working Group Meetings
  • MB/PNET - Antony Michalski (room VLTAVA 1)
  • LGG - Netteke Schouten-van Meeteren (room VLTAVA 2)
  • HGG - Dannis van Vuurden (room LUŽNICE)
  • Ependymoma - Katja von Hoff, Pier-L. Modena (room LABE)
  • Craniopharyngioma - Ute Bartels, Stephanie Puget (room DYJE)
  • ATRT - Karsten Nysom (room LUŽNICE)
  • CPT - Uwe Kordes (room BEROUNKA)
19.00 – 22.00 Social evening at Villa Richter (Prague Castle) (
Cost included in the registration fee

Saturday, September 9th

08.30 - 10.10 Training and Discipline Group Presentations (room VLTAVA)
  • Training and Education (15 minutes + 5 minutes discussion)
  • Quality of Survival (15 minutes + 5 minutes discussion)
  • Radiotherapy (15 minutes + 5 minutes discussion)
  • Neurosurgery (15 minutes + 5 minutes discussion)
  • Imaging (15 minutes + 5 minutes discussion)
10.10 - 10.30 Coffee break
10.30 - 11.00 Invited talk: New Designs for Increased Evidence in Individualized Medicine – A. Faldum, Muenster
11.00 - 12.35 Tumour Specific Working Group Presentations I (room VLTAVA)
  • MB/PNET (20 minutes + 5 minutes discussion)
  • LGG (20 minutes + 5 minutes discussion)
  • HGG (20 minutes + 5 minutes discussion)
  • Craniopharyngioma (15 minutes + 5 minutes discussion)
12.35 - 13.35 Lunch
13.35 – 13.45 Tumour Specific Working Group Presentations II (room VLTAVA)
  • Ependymoma (20 minutes + 5 minutes discussion)
  • ATRT (20 minutes + 5 minutes discussion)
  • Choroid Plexus TU (15 minutes + 5 minutes discussion)
14.50 – 16.35 BTG Business Meeting - Stefan Rutkowski and Stefaan van Gool (room VLTAVA)
16.35 Close
19.30 – 22.00 Social evening at brewery U Medvídků (
Price: 30 EUR

Save the date!
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in Denver, USA
(immediately before ISPNO 2018 in Denver, CO)

Preliminary Programme

Introduction to Brain Tumours Radiotherapy Molecular Biology Updates Case Presentation and discussions Controversial treatment
Practical Neuro-Oncology/Neurosurgery Workshop Section on Young Investigators
Topic Title Speaker Time From To
Introduction & Welcome Welcome David Sumerauer & G. Solanki 5 8:30 8:35
Introduction Personalized treatment in Pediatric Neurooncology Jaroslav Sterba 15 8:35 8:50
LGG - Biology Molecular biology of LGG Michal Zapotocky 15 8:50 9:05
LGG- Update LGG Clinical Trials Netteke Schouten van Meeteren 15 9:05 9:20
LGG - Neurosurgery Surgery for LGG inc Hypothalamic Tumours John Gooden 15 9:20 9:35
LGG Putting it all Together   5 9:35 9:40
Ependymoma Update on ependymoma Vijay Ramaswamy 15 9:40 9:55
Ependymoma EMAG, National EMAG Advisory Group Richard Grundy 10 10:00 10:10
Ependymoma Update on the Ependymoma Trial Didier Frappaz 5 10:10 10:15
Ependymoma Panel Discussion   5 10:15 10:20
GCT Neurosurgical Approach to TP & Pineal Region Tumours Christian Dorfer 10 10:20 10:30
GCT Pineal Tumors – management, oncologist point of view Didier Frappaz 10 10:30 10:40
  Coffee Break   15 10:45 11:00
Young Investigator Selected Research Presentations 5   30 11:00 11:30
  1. Epilepsy in LGG Nilesh Mundil 5 11:00 11:05
2. Feasibility of volumetric tumour residue measurement in clinical practice. Micha Thomas & Dhruv Parikh 5 11:05 11:10
3. Shunt malfunction following tumour resection surgery Naomi Slator 5 11:10 11:15
  4: H1 Spectroscopy in clinical tumour diagnosis Karen Manias 5 11:15 11:20
5. ctDNA in LGG Michal Zapotocky 5 11:20 11:25
Young Investigator Working discussion with Panel on Research Projects   15 11:25 11:40
Radiotherapy Proton Therapy Barbora Ondrova 15 11:40 11:55
MB The Role of Cytoreductive Surgery for Medulloblastoma and Ependymoma in the Molecular Era Michael Taylor 15 12:00 12:15
MB MB Update & Clinical Trials Anthony Michalski 15 12:15 12:30
MB Cerebellar Mutism Conor Mallucci 15 12:30 12:45
Pathology Neuropathology insights & the 2016 WHO Classification Torsten Pietsch 15 12:45 13:00
  Lunch Break   60 13:00 14:00
ATRT ATRT Update & Clinical Trials Stephen Lowis 15 14:00 14:15
HGG HGG Update & Clinical Trials   15 14:15 14:30
Case discussions Interactive Case Presentation & Discussions N. Schouten van Meeteren, S. Rutkowski; MJ Gill; C. Faria; B. Petorini;C. Mallucci; Kristian Aquilina; J. Gooden 60 14:30 15:30
  Coffee Break   10 15:30 15:40
Workshop BIOMEDE Introduction Jacques Grill 15 15:40 15:55
Workshop Safety of Brainstem Biopsy S. Puget / T. Rojeau 10 15:55 16:05
Workshop Demonstration of Biopsy Techniques (Stereotactic / Frameless / Robotic) G. Solanki / Kristian Aquilina / Marie Lise Van Veelan / T. Rojeau / S. Puget 50 16:05 16:55
Young Investigator Inaugural Address by SIOP-E BTG Chair S. Rutkowski 10 17:00 17:10
Closing & Feedback session G. Solanki & D. Sumerauer 5 17:10 17:15
Visit to the Proton Therapy Centre Up to 50 participants   60 18:00  

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Registration is closed.


Orea Hotel Pyramida

Name of hotel: Orea Hotel Pyramida
Category: ****
Rooms: Hotel Pyramida offers 336 spacious rooms and suites. All rooms are air-conditioned and non-smoking and are equipped with a satellite TV, minibar, safe, phone, tea and coffee making facilities. Wi-Fi is available free of charge. Bathrooms have a bath or shower and also a hairdryer and other amenities.
Check - in time: From 14:00
Check - out time: Till 12:00

Hotel Pyramida provides many services for comfortable stay including 24-hour reception desk, room service, concierge, luggage storage, currency exchange, parking space, laundry and dry cleaning, ATM, free Wi-Fi in all public areas, transfers and conference and banquet facilities.

Guest can also enjoy time in restaurant Bohemia, Franz Kafka lobby bar or Energy Wine & Pasta a´la carte restaurant.

For spending free time there is a pool, sauna or fitness centre.

Location: The hotel is situated in the proximity of Hradčany and Strahov, within walking distance of the Prague Castle, Loretta, Strahov monastery and the Lesser Town and just 15 minutes away from the city centre.
Hotel address: Bělohorská 24, Praha, 16901

Meeting Venue

Orea Hotel Pyramida

Bělohorská 125/24, Prague 6
The hotel is situated in the proximity of Hradčany and Strahov, within walking distance of the Prague Castle, Loretta, Strahov monastery and the Lesser Town.

How to get from the Václav Havel airport to the Hotel

The distance from the Václav Havel Airport Prague is 15 kilometers.

A taxi ride from the airport to hotel Pyramida will take approximately 15–20 minutes and costs about € 15 (CZK 300–350). You can also travel by public transport. Go by bus No. 191 to station “Vypich” direction “Na Knížecí”. Then change to tram No. 22 and go to station “Malovanka” direction “Nádraží Hostivař”. Hotel Pyramida will be 200 meters walking opposite the tramway route. You will need to buy ticket for 32 CZK.

How to get from the Main Railway Station to the Hotel

There is metro station „Hlavní nádraží” (line C) directly at the Prague main railway station. Carry on just 1 station to the „Museum “station (line C) where you change the line C for line A (downstairs and go to the „Malostranska“ station (direction Dejvicka). After getting out from the metro station please go to the nearby tram station and take the tram number 22 (direction “Bílá hora”) to the station “Malovanka“ (5th stop from the Malostranska tram station). Then follow the tramway route – hotel Pyramida is located on your right hand side after 200m walking tour. You will need to buy a ticket for 32 CZK for this journey.

Tickets for metro, trams, buses can be bought at the Tobacco shops nearby the subway stations or directly at the tickets machines located at the underground stations.


General information


City of Prague – the capital of the Czech Republic situated on the both banks of Vltava River, is a beautiful city with a rich history. Thanks to its location in the centre of Europe, Prague has been an important crossroad of trade and culture for many centuries.

Prague has approx. 1,200,000 inhabitants and stretches over approximately 500 square kilometres. The dominant feature of the city is Prague Castle, which houses the gothic St. Vitus’s Cathedral. Prague has a designated UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage area of more than 8 sq km, over 100 theatres, concert halls, galleries etc.

Prague is a city of very high standards, offering both historical and modern conference venues, hotels, restaurants and places of interest. Prague – the capital of the Czech Republic situated on both banks of the Vltava River is a beautiful city with a rich history. Thanks to its location in the centre of Europe, Prague has always been an important crossroads of trade and culture. In the course of its thousand-year history, Prague has always been the political, cultural, and business centre of the country. Prague, often called “Golden” or “Hundred-spired”, belongs to the architecturally unique European towns, attractive for tourists from around the world. Visitors find themselves enjoying living museum of European architecture from Romanesque time to the present.

With a widely opened pro-market economy, stable democratic government, stable currency and well-known working skills of the people, this country provides a great opportunity to host a conference in order to meet scientists and business people from all over the world.

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Czech Republic

Capital city: Prague
Population: 10.3 million
Total area: 78.866 km² (30.450 sq mi)
The highest point: Sněžka at 1.602 m (5.260 ft)
Government: Parliamentary republic (President: Miloš Zeman)
Annual tourist traffic: 6 680 400 (2007)
Official language: Czech

The Czech state boasts a history spanning more than one thousand years. For centuries the Kings of Bohemia ranked among Europe’s leading monarchs and Prague was a place where artists, scholars and tradesmen from all corners of the world met. Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia, the three historical lands that form the present Czech Republic, each boast a vast cultural heritage. However, historical monuments are certainly not the only reason the Czech Republic is worth visiting. Though relatively small in terms of its size, the country can offer many different types of landscape – ranging from fertile lowlands and deep forests to “rock towns” and mountains – all providing numerous opportunities for sports activities, both in summer and winter.

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The average temperatures in September are 15° C. The current weather conditions can be found at

Currency and Banking

Czech Crowns are the official currency in the Czech Republic. Foreign currency exchange is available at Václav Havel Airport Prague and at most hotels, banks and exchange offices throughout the city. International credit cards are accepted for payment in hotels, restaurants and shops. Paying by cash in Euro is also possible in some restaurants and shops.

For the official exchange rates on the website of the


The Czech Republic uses a 230 volt 50 Hz system. Sockets are the standard European type (Two-prong round pin plugs with a hole for a male grounding pin are standard). To use electric appliances from your country you may need a special voltage converter with an adapter plug.


Most shops in Prague are open from 9:00 to 18:00, Monday till Saturday. Shops in the city centre are usually open from 9:00 to 21:00, Monday till Sunday.

Important Telephone Numbers

112: General Emergency for Europe
150: Fire
155: Ambulance
156: Prague Police
158: Police

Health Care

Vaccinations are not required to enter the Czech Republic. An individual travel and health insurance is recommended.

Official Language

The official language of the Meeting is English.

Contact us

Meritis s.r.o.

Obrovského 644
141 00 Praha 4


tel.: +420 736 484 159
fax: +420 272 767 597