The St. Jude-VIVA Forum in Paediatric Oncology (SJVF) is the combined effort between world leader St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Memphis, Tennessee, USA) and the Singapore-based charity organisation VIVA Foundation for Children with Cancer. The SJVF provides paediatric oncologists in Asia the opportunity to learn and network with world and regional leaders, as well as to foster collaborations in order to save the lives of more children.
Over the years, SJVF has grown from a two-day conference to an umbrella of knowledge-sharing platforms and collaborative meetings. The platforms include a two-day VIVA Asia Pre-Forum Workshop, as well as a one-day VIVA Asia Nursing Symposium. These take place prior to, or after, the main conference. The collaborative meetings - known as VIVA Asia Working Group Meetings allow doctors to develop and follow-up on common treatment protocols, with the guidance of world and regional leaders.
With some of the very best speakers in the world and region coming forward to generously share their knowledge in order to bridge the gap between the developed and developing countries, SJVF is increasingly being acknowledged as one of the leading paediatric oncology conferences in the region. The annual attendance comprising scientists, doctors, nurses and allied health professionals continues to grow and diversify.
As more scientists, doctors, nurses from all over the world come together to share and grow their knowledge in the field of paediatric oncology, it is VIVA's hope and wish that more children with cancer, regardless of geography, will receive better medical care and stand a high chance of cure, survival and post-treatment quality of life.