4th Annual Pakistan Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Symposium

December 1 – 3, 2023


Paediatric Neuro-Oncology services were established six years ago at the Aga Khan University. Since then this sub-specialty has grown tremendously; from the development of multi-disciplinary tumor boards to a training fellowship in paediatric Neuro-Oncology. This symposium will provide a review of advances in research and clinical management of paediatric brain tumors.


After the tremendous success of Pakistan’s PNOS in previous years. Our aim with 4th APNOs is to bring Paediatric Neuro-Oncology to the forefront of health services by raising awareness, educating clinicians, and inspiring trainees to pursue this specialty as a career choice. To this end, we have developed a highly educational, scientific program.

With invaluable support from the My Child Matters Grant (Sanofi-Espoir Foundation), our mission is to continue to contribute to building, developing, and strengthening the infrastructure of Paediatric Neuro-Oncology services in LMICs (Lower Middle-Income Countries).

Message from Prof. Cynthia Hawkins
Message from Prof. Eric Bouffet
Message from Dr. Naureen Mushtaq

The symposium aims to:

  • Establish paediatric Neuro-Oncology as an essential sub-specialty of paediatric oncology in lower and middle income countries (LMIC).
  • To recognize and support all the allied specialties in the management and advancements of pediatric brain tumors including pediatric radiation oncology, pediatric neuro-surgery, neuro-radiology, pathology, palliative and nursing care.
  • Improve outcomes of paediatric brain tumors in LMIC by creating collaborations and twinning opportunities.
  • Provide updates from various disciplines involved in the care of paediatric brain tumors.

Chairs & Co-Chairs:
Dr. Naureen Mushtaq (Chair Organizing Committee)
Dr. Bilal Mazhar Qureshi (Co-Chair)
Dr. Sadaf Altaf (Chair Scientific Committee)


Dr. Aqeela RashidDr. Ayesha Memon
Dr. Syed Ather EnamDr. Asim Fakhruddin Belgaumi
Dr. Alia Ahmad Dr. Saqib Kamran Bakhshi
Dr. Nuzhat YasmeenDr. Shazia Riaz
Dr. Khurram MinhasDr. Muhammad Shahzad Shamim
Dr. Gohar JavedDr. Ehsan Bari
Dr. Salman KirmaniDr. Najma Shaheen
Dr. Amber GorayaDr. Atif Munawar
Dr. Uzma ImamDr. Syed Ahmer Hamid

Who should attend:

Consultant and postgraduate trainees in pediatric oncology, neurosurgery, pediatric medicine, radiology, radiation oncology, palliative care, pathology and all physicians and allied healthcare staff taking care of children with brain tumors.

Aga Khan University (Auditorium), Karachi, Pakistan (Read more)