Our group is affiliated to the University of Cape Town and works predominantly at Red Cross Children’s Hospital and Groote Schuur Hospital. The University of Cape Town is the leading university on the Africa continent, Red Cross Children’s Hospital is the only free-standing dedicated children’s Hospital in the country, and Groote Schuur Hospital is known worldwide as the site of the first heart transplant.
Red Cross Children’s Hospital is the site of most of the resources used to treat children with brain tumours. In addition to paediatric neurosurgery/ oncology/ radiotherapy, there are also dedicated services in paediatric pathology, radiology, endocrinology, rehabilitation therapy, and palliative therapy.
The team has recently hosted several international meetings in which neuro-oncology is relevant, including the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery and SIOP Africa. The Congress of the International Society for Intraoperative Neurophysiology is to be held in November 2013 and considering being the host of the international SIOP meeting in 2015.
The multidisciplinary team has wide international links, which include membership of SACCSG (South African Children’s Cancer study group) as well as PROS (International Paediatric Radiation Oncology Society) and SIOP (Societe international de Oncologie Paediatrique). It is represented on the executive board of the International Society for Intraoperative Neurophysiology and various committees of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery.
The group also has several professional relationships with colleagues at different international institutions engaged in high level research at centres of clinical excellence, some of whom have been co-opted onto research projects at the institution.