SIOP Asia XV Annual Congress in Yerevan to bring together leading researchers and doctors from around the world




YEREVAN, MARCH 20, ARMENPRESS. Leading researchers and doctors from around the world will gather in Yerevan, Armenia on May 19-21 for the SIOP (International Society for Pediatric Oncology) Asia XV Annual Congress.

The SIOP Asia XV Annual Congress in Yerevan will be the second time the event is taking place in the post-Soviet region, after Moscow 2016.

Professor Gevorg Tamamyan, the Head of Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Armenia, Chairman and Professor at Department of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology of Yerevan State Medical University, CEO of the Immune Oncology Research Institute told ARMENPRESS that he believes the congress will become one of the most important medical science events for Armenia.

“We expect pediatric oncologists from Europe, Asia, America and elsewhere to arrive. The presidents of the international pediatric oncology union, the Asian, European and Latin American unions have already confirmed their participation. Over 120 leading experts have also confirmed participation as speakers,” Tamamyan said.

Experts from the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Harvard University, and other institutions from Vienna, Italy, Belgium, Spain, China, Japan, Taiwan, India and the Middle East are expected to arrive to Armenia for the event.

Tamamyan said the congress will be “unprecedented.”

“85% of children with cancer fully recover in developed countries such as Germany, the US, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, Italy, while in developing countries the figures are from 0 to 60%. Don’t be surprised about the zero, there are really countries where the recoveries stand at zero percent. Although we are a developing country, averagely 75% of our patients recover. Right now our goal is to reach the level of developed countries through everyday work,” Tamamyan said.

The Mkhitar Heratsi State Medical University in Yerevan will serve as the venue for the congress.