Abstract Submissions Open- deadline September 10th 2017       ||       Pre- Registrations for All Workshops is essential as seats are limited. Closes 2 weeks before the Conference.

Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Over the past two decades, the Paediatric Haematology-Oncology Chapter of IAP has been at the forefront of academic activity among Paediatricians in India. We are pleased to host the 21st Annual Conference of PHO in Kolkata from November 24-26, 2017. This conference returns to Eastern India after 17 years.

We are delighted to present experts from across the globe who will discuss cutting edge advances in the treatment of childhood cancers and haematological disorders. The focus will be on interaction and exchange of ideas that will enable best possible care for these children. The conference aims to bring together over 500 professionals, including doctors, nurses, parents and psycho-social counsellors from various parts of the country.

The medical fraternity will include Paediatric Oncologists, Medical Oncologists, Clinical Haematologists, Paediatricians, Paediatric Surgeons, Radiation Oncologists, Pathologists, Basic Scientists, students and trainees. The Faculty will include distinguished national and international experts in the field.

Join us for three days of debates, discussions and collaborations in Kolkata.

Dr Arpita Bhattacharyya
Convener, PHOCON 2017,
Senior Consultant,
Paediatric Haematology-Oncology,
Tata Medical Center, Kolkata

Dr Vaskar Saha
Professor of Paediatric Oncology,
University of Manchester,
Senior Consultant, Paediatric Haematology-Oncology,
Tata Medical Center, Kolkata

Dr Shekhar Krishnan
Senior Consultant,
Paediatric Haematology-Oncology,
Tata Medical Center, Kolkata

Dr Anirban Das
Junior Consultant,
Paediatric Haematology-Oncology,
Tata Medical Center, Kolkata

International Faculty

Ananth Shankar
Consultant Paediatric and Adolescent Oncologist, University College of London Hospital, UK.

Anindita Roy
Clinician Scientist in Paediatric Haematology, Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford. Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Haematology, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

Chui Chan Hon
Consultant in Paediatric Surgery, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, Singapore

Carlos R Galindo
Director of the Pediatric Solid Tumor Program, Medical Director of the Clinical and Translaonal Invesgaons Program, Director of the Global Health Iniave in Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders. Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Johann Hitzler
Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada

Monika Metzger
Faculty Member, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Regional Director, Central and South America Regions, International Outreach Program, Memphis, Tennessee.

Sara Stoneham
Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Oncology, University College of London Hospital, UK.

Alison Finch

Matron and former Lead Nurse Children and Young People’s Cancer Service, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sima Jeha
Member, St. Jude Faculty: Director, Leukemia/Lymphoma Developmental Therapeucs; Regional Director, Eastern Mediterranean Region, Internaonal Outreach Program, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Memphis, Tennessee

Stefan Rutkowski
Professor of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology, University of Hamburg, Germany

Vip Viprakasit
Professor of Paediatric Haematology / Oncology, Department of Paediatrics and Thalassaemia Centre, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand

Ramanan Laxminarayan

Meet the experts

Session Chairpersons
Career in research in pediatric hematology-oncology Shai Isreali, Vaskar Saha
Research methodology Bob Philips, Shekhar Krishnan
How to conduct a clinical trial Lea G
Hematological problems in neonates Lea G
Common problems in acute leukemia Johann, Allen Yeoh
Malignancies in adolescents Carlos Galindo

Parallel Conferences

PHOSSCON Conference

In November 2015, CanKids…KidsCan (http://www.cankidsindia.org/) was invited by the Executive Body of Pediatric hematology oncology chapter (PHO) of The Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) to create and organize a parallel track for social support services and organizations for the first time ever. PHOSSCON’16 was a success with 2 International Faculty & 44 National Faculty. We had 30 Support service Organizations participate with a total unique attendance of 150 representing 17 Cities across 11 States in India, we now present to you PHOSSCON 2017.

PHOSSCON is a parallel conference track in PHOCON akin to the annual Childhood Cancer International (CCI) conference. The target audiences for this conference are Decision Makers in Social Support Organizations, Interested individuals, philanthropists and Donors, Doctors, Scientists, Researchers & Treating Centres committed to Social Support, Outreach, and Treatment Supportive Care.

To Know more click here

Surgical Conference

Surgical Oncology Section Annual Meeting 2017
Date: 24th November, 2017
Venue: West Bengal Health University Auditorium, Kolkata
Local Organising Chairman and Secretary: Prof. Bishwanath Mukherjee

Organising Committtee
Dr. B Mukhopadhyay
Dr. Kartik Chandra Mondal
Dr. Rishavdeb Patra
Dr. Aninda Chattopadhyay
Dr. Hemonta Kumar Dutta
Dr. Archana Puri
Dr. Sandeep Agarwala
Dr. Arpita Bhattacharyya

Scientific Committee
Dr. Sandeep Agarwala
Dr. Bishwanath Mukherjee
Dr. Sushmita Bhatnagar
Dr. Archana Puri
Dr. Sajid Qureshi
Dr. Shalini Sinha
Dr. Bibekanand Jindal

Tentative program for SOS meeting on 24th November at Kolkata
Time Program
8:00 – 8:25 am Registration
8:25 – 8:30 am Welcome and Introduction
8:30 – 10:00 am Free Paper session
10:00 – 10:30 am Coffee break
10:30 – 11:00 am Key Note address
11:00 – 11:30 am Guest lectures
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Problem cases/Interesting cases Tumor Board
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Operative video session
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm  Symposium on Wilms Tumor
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Poster Viewing and Coffee

Tentative Program

Day 1: 24.11.2017 (Friday)
2 pm-5 pm: Workshops
Workshop 1: The lost tribe: cancers in adolescents and young adults – View Full Program
Workshop 2: Young children with brain tumors: building road maps for India – View Full Program
Workshop 3: Infections in Immuno-compromised Children – View Full Program
6 pm Onwards: Meetings of the working committees of the Indian Pediatric Oncology Group

Parallel Conference: Annual conference of section of onco-surgery of Indian association of paediatric surgeons

Day 2: 25.11.2017 (Saturday)
Parallel Sessions
Acute leukemia in Down syndrome
Newer and targeted therapies
Germ Cell Tumour
Plenary Sessions
Translational Biology of Acute Leukaemia
Hodgkin lymphoma
Perspectives on challenges in delivery of care in resource limited settings

Lunch Session
The Path to Becoming a Clinical Academic

Best of free papers
Poster viewing and discussion
Administrative meetings

Parallel Conference: Annual meeting of the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Support Services (PHOSSCON)

Day 3: 26.11.2017 (Sunday)
Parallel Sessions
E-Beta Thalassemia
Brain Tumors in Young Children

Infections in the immunocompromised: multidrug resistant bacterial infections; fungal and viral infections.

Vaccination in children with cancer

Lunch session

Free papers in hematology and oncology

Parallel conference: Annual meeting of the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Support Services (PHOSSCON)



The last date for abstract submission is 10th September, 2017 and there will be no extension in date.

PHO Membership is compulsory for all abstract submissions. Kindly find link below.


Young researcher scholarships

  • Ten scholarships to young researchers, below the age of 35 years, to present their work at the PHOCON meeting. The scholarship will include the following features:
    1. Registration fees for the conference at the lowest slab.
    2. 2nd Class AC railway fare from place of current residence in India to the conference city and back
    3. Accommodation at Kolkata for two nights @Rs 1000/- per night.
  • Selection for these scholarships will be decided by a jury and will be awarded to the 5 best papers each in hematology and oncology. These scholarships will be announced at least a week before the conference begins.
  • Awards for best papers during PHOCON will be granted as below:
  • Best paper in Hematology (Oral) – Rs 5000/-
  • Best paper in Hematology (Poster) – Rs 2500/-
  • Best paper in Oncology (Oral) – Rs 5000/-
  • Best paper in Oncology (Poster) – Rs 2500/-

Note: To be eligible for consideration of any awards and acceptance of abstracts, all applicants/abstract presenters have to be PHO members.

Prof RK Marwaha – PHO Chapter Travelling Scholarship”

Will be awarded to a young researcher to travel to the SIOP meeting to present his work and subsequently at the PHOCON that year.

The eligibility & rules of the applications are as below:

  1. Young researcher under the age of 40 years who has not received it in past
  2. Applicant should have an original paper in either hematology or oncology in which the applicant is the first author and the paper would have to be selected for oral presentation at the annual congress of the SIOP 2017 at Washington DC, USA.
  3. The award would be to the maximum of Rupees 50,000/ (Fifty Thousand only) or as incurred (whichever is lesser) and would be given in cash/cheque by the treasurer of the PHO chapter subject to the submission of travel, conference registration and accommodation bills only to attend the annual congress of the SIOP.
  4. The paper would have to be read out thereafter in the subsequent PHOCON by the author as the Dr RK Marwaha – PHO chapter paper of the year.
  5. It would only be awarded if the paper is of standards laid out by Jury to qualify for nomination.
  6. The recipient of the award would be selected by a jury of eminent members of the PHO chapter

Abstract Guidelines

Please follow the instructions listed on this website step-by-step:

1- Abstract Content

1-1 Abstract Topic 

Prospective multicenter trials as well as presentation of large translational works are considered as major quality criteria. Inter-diseases sessions (such as target, pathway or immunology oriented) will be planned.

Case reports and small institutional series of limited added scientific value are not encouraged.

In general, the content of the abstract should not have been previously published or presented at national or international meetings. However, abstracts of prospective clinical trials may have been submitted /reported once in the calendar year of the congress but they cannot have been accepted for publication at time of abstract submission.

1-2 Abstract Writing and Presentation 

  • Abstracts must be submitted and presented in clear English with correct grammar and spelling of a quality suitable for publication. Please note that abstracts submitted with a low level of English will not be considered for presentation.
  • Abstract title – Limited to 25 words in UPPER CASE
  • Abstract text – Limited to 300 words. Including acknowledgements.
  • We recommend using word-processing software (for example, Word) for editing your abstract and counting the number of words.
  • Important Note: Abstracts submitted, which do not comply with the requirements/format below, will NOT be included in the journal publication.
  • Abstracts must clearly state:
    • Background/Objectives
    • Design/Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusion
      (Note: Each of the above sections must be a single paragraph and contain no lists). ​
    • Abstract text must be written in complete sentences and in correct English.
    • No degrees/titles of authors should be included with the author names.
    • There should be a mark of end punctuation at the end of all sentences.
    • Abbreviations must be consistent with instructions to authors of Pediatric Blood & Cancer and be defined on 1st usage, then use of abbreviation alone is OK, i.e. Wilms Tumor (WT), then referred to as “WT” in subsequent mention. Please use as few abbreviations as possible and only commonly used abbreviations.
    • Disease names should be written without apostrophes, for example: Wilms tumour, Burkitt lymphoma, Hodgkin disease, etc.
    • Please do not refer to patients by their diseases, e.g. ‘Wilms tumour patients’ or ALL patients’. Instead identify them as ‘patients with Wilms tumour; and ‘patients with ALL’.
    • Use generic names of drugs.
    • Express numbers as numerals.
    • Text only is to be submitted. Tables, figures and bulleted text are not permitted.
    • Numbers over 999 must include a comma, e.g., 2,000.
    • Decimal points must be displayed as periods (4.89) not commas (4,89).
    • Numbers beginning with a decimal point should be preceded by a zero.
    • Periods should be used in numbers for decimal points, not commas, i.e. P=0.015
    • All measurements must be in metric units.
    • Do not begin sentences with a number – type the number in full, for example, it should be ‘Three patients….’ Instead of ‘3 patients….’.
    • Do not use expressions such as ‘On the other hand……’; ‘This is the first study….’; ‘To our knowledge…..’; ‘This is the largest….’.
    • Abstracts stating “data will be discussed in the presentation” will NOT be accepted.

2- Authorship 

Submission of an abstract acknowledges your acceptance for the abstract to be published in the official congress publications.

Presenting authors of abstracts must be registered participants. Registration must be received by the Secretariat by the Early Registration Deadline to ensure inclusion of the abstract in the meeting publications and in order to be scheduled for presentation.

3- Submission process 

Abstracts must be submitted via the congress website. Abstracts submitted via fax will not be accepted.

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Abstracts must be received by the announced deadline. Abstracts received after the deadline will not be considered.

Abstract category – abstracts must be allocated to a specific category for the scientific programme. You will need to select the category most suited to your abstract.

Preparation for Online Submission 

Before you start, please prepare the following information:

Presenting author’s contact details

  • Email address
  • Full postal address
  • Daytime and evening phone number
  • Author and co-authors’ details
  • Full first and family name(s)
  • Authors’ names must be in upper and lower case (John B Smith)
  • Affiliation details: department, institution / hospital, city, state (if relevant), country

Draft Abstracts 

By submitting the abstract it will be saved in draft status, to enable you to make changes/updates until the deadline. The abstract will be automatically submitted by midnight of 30th September, 2017. (Submission deadline)

Selection Process 

All abstracts will be evaluated anonymously and scored by the appropriate PHOCON members

Final decisions will be made by the Scientific Committee which will determine whether the abstract will be accepted or refused and if accepted, as:

  • an oral presentation,
  • a poster presentation, possibly with a poster session participation or special Scientific Committee mention
  • a journal publication, with consideration given to the author’s preference.



1- Disease Orientated​

– Haematology

  • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia
  • Myeloid Leukemias, Myelodysplastic and Myeloproliferative Syndromes
  • Lymphomas
    • Stem Cell Transplantation (Haematological Diseases/Technique and Supportive Care)

​​- Solid N​on Brain Tumours 

  • Neuroblastoma
  • Renal Tumours
  • Bone Tumours
  • Soft Tissue Sarcomas
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Liver Tumours
  • Germ Cell Tumours
  • Rare Tumours
  • ​Histiocytosis

– Brain Tumours

2- Disciplines 

 – Treatment and Care

  • Surgery (SOS)
  • Radiation Oncology (PROS)
  • New Drugs/Experimental Therapeutics
  • Supportive Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Psychosocial (PPO)
  • Nursing
  • Biology and Pathology

– Imaging
– Epidemiology – Pathways of Care 
– Late Effects
– Childhood Cancer International (CCI)
– Other


Registration Details

Registration Fees

PHOCON (Including Surgical Conference & PHOSSCON) (24th, 25th & 26th November, 2017)
Mail at [email protected] to register for PHOCON and avail free entry to SOS & PHOSSCON
Category Early Bird – 1st February to 31st August 2017 1st September to 31st October 2017 1st November 2017 onwards and On spot
Faculty/Delegates INR 3000 INR 4000 INR 5000
Students INR 1000 INR 1000 INR 2000
Pediatrician Day Registration 26TH NOV ONLY INR 1000 INR 1000 INR 1500
Only PHOSSCON (24th – 26th November, 2017) including Nurses workshop on 26th November
Category Early Bird – 1st February to 31st August 2017 1st September to 31st October 2017 1st November 2017 onwards and On spot
All INR 500 INR 1000 INR 1500
Only Surgical Conference (24th November, 2017)
Category Early Bird – 1st February to 31st August 2017 1st September to 31st October 2017 1st November 2017 onwards and On spot
Faculty/Delegates INR 1500 INR 2000 INR 2500
Students INR 500 INR 500 INR 1000

Workshop Fees

Workshop Topics Rates
Cancer in Adolescents Workshop (Half Day) INR 500
Neuro – Oncology Workshop (Full Day) INR 1000
Infections in Immuno-compromised Children (Full Day) INR 1000
Nurses Workshop (Half Day)
[Post 1st September fees is INR 300]*
INR 200*

Contact for Registration Queries:

Mr. Ravi Lal
E: [email protected]
M: +91 875 001 2251

Limited seats for pre-registration of lunch sessions. Drop in your request at [email protected] for attendance.

Registration on first come-first serve basis.

  • Delegate Fees includes Conference Registration, Lunch, Tea/Coffee, Dinner, Conference Kit, Entry to Scientific Sessions, Exhibition Area, Inaugural Function & Cultural Programme. Accompanying Person entry is restricted to Lunch Area/ Exhibition Area & Cultural Programme only
  • Accompanying Person will not get any access to the Scientific Sessions & will not be given the conference kits.
  • *PG students should submit ID card or certificates from Head of the Department / Institution

Offline Payment:

Kindly send DD / Cheque drawn in favour of “ TATA MEDICAL CENTRE TRUST ” payable at Kolkata to the address of the conference secretariat.
Ms. Aratrika Dasgupta
BB-31, Ground Floor, Salt Lake City, Sector-I, Opp. Punjab National Bank, Kolkata-700064

Online Payment:

Account No: 00601660000021
IFSC Code: HDFC0000060
MICR No: 400240015
Nostro Account Details of HDFC Bank
For USD:
Account No: 001-1-406717
Account No: 623-16-02308

Registration Policy

  • Registration must be made via online system.
  • Registration will be confirmed after receiving full payment.
  • All bank charges including intermediate bank commission for payment must be paid by participants.
  • The date of payment is decisive for the registration fee. Even if the registration form is received before the early bird or regular deadline, it will not be considered as early or regular registration if the payment has not been received before the deadlines.
  • To be eligible for Resident rates, trainee / research student / post-graduate student are required to produce documentary evidence of their status. Without this documentation, non-member fees will be applied. You may submit necessary document through the online registration system or via email.
  • The Organisers plan to take photographs and video material at the conference and reproduce them in educational, news or promotional materials, whether in print, electronic or other media, including the Organisers’ websites. By participating at the conference, you grant the Organisers the right to use your name, photograph and biography for such purposes. All postings become the property of the Organisers and may be displayed, distributed or used for any purpose.

Cancellation Policy

  • Requests for registration cancellation must be received in writing by the Congress Secretariat by e-mail to [email protected]
  • Cancellations received before or on August 31, 2017 – 50% of the total will be refunded.
  • There will be no refunds for the cancellations received on or after 31 August 2017.


Novotel Kolkata Hotel and Residences

TATA Medical Centre, Kolkata



Hotel Name SGL Room Rate DBL Room Rate Tariff Includes
Swissotel INR 12500 INR 13500 Inclusive of buffet breakfast and Hotel Luxury Tax Extra.
Holiday Inn Rajarhat INR 12000 INR 13000 Inclusive of buffet breakfast and Hotel Luxury Tax Extra.
Pride Plaza INR 9500 INR 10500 Inclusive of buffet breakfast and Hotel Luxury Tax Extra.
Soho Service Apartment INR 2800 INR 3300 Inclusive of room, buffet breakfast and Hotel Luxury Tax.
Bellanzo INR 2100 INR 2500 Inclusive of room, buffet breakfast and Hotel Luxury Tax.
Hotel Raj Palace INR 2200 INR 2600 Inclusive of room, buffet breakfast and Hotel Luxury Tax.
FabHotels INR 2200 INR 2600 Inclusive of room, buffet breakfast and Hotel Luxury Tax.

Please note:

  • The check-in / check-out is 12 noon.
  • Room rates include buffet breakfast & tax’s.
  • Limited room inventory at budget hotel


  • Room booking cutoff date 45 days, later rooms rate may vary and subject to availability.
  • Hotel tariffs are applicable as indicated in the local currency – INR or Rs (Indian Rupees).
  • Rooms shall be booked only on the receipt of advance payment by Official Travel Partner – CIMGlobal.
  • All rates are per room per night basis.
  • All rates are inclusive of current applicable hotel Taxes.
  • Government service tax of 3.09% (on accommodation) is applicable extra on the total invoiced amount.
  • Room check-in / checkout time is 1200 hrs (IST). If arriving late night / early morning, the room has to be booked from the previous night for immediate occupancy.
  • Payments if received by bank transfer should be in full and should include Bank processing charges (if any).
  • Booking amendments in stay reductions / cancellations before 30 days from check-in will attract 01-night retention charge.
  • Booking amendments in stay reductions / cancellations less than 30 days from check-in; or early departures after check-in / No shows will attract full retention for the cancelled days.
  • Booking amendments/cancellation should be communicated through e-mail at [email protected]
  • All taxes (service tax / hotel luxury tax / VAT) are Government mandated and may change / increase / decrease. The tax structure applicable during event dates shall apply.
  • All refunds towards the cancellation of rooms (if applicable) shall be processed post event.

For Travel and Accommodation queries, please contact:
Mr. Ravinder Rawat
E: [email protected]

Contact Us

Conference Manager

BB – 31, Ground Floor, Salt Lake City, Sector – I,
Kolkata – 700064, India
T: +91 33 4004 4674/75


Mr. Ravi Lal
E: [email protected]
M: +91 875 001 2251