Prioritisation project for the Society of Neuro-Oncology and European Association for Neuro-Oncology Fellowship awards

What was the aim of the project? The aim of the project was to identify the top priority topics in Neuro-oncology.

Who led the project? The project was led by Robin Grant, Co-ordinating Editor for the Group and the Managing Editors for the group: Clare Jess and Gail Quinn.

When did it take place? It took place in 2013 to 2015.

How was it funded? Five educational grants from the Society of Neuro-Oncology (SNO) USA and the European Association for Neuro-Oncology (EANO) were awarded to successful applicants.

What did we do? We used methods similar to those used previously; emailing our Editors, stakeholders and authors to ask for priority topics to develop a database for our Neuro-oncology Group Editors to score. Robin Grant then approached the Neuro-oncology societies to determine their interest in participating in this educational initiative to promote evidence-based neuro-oncology as part of a training programme for their members. We received interest in from two major Neuro-oncology Societies: EANO and SNO, who between them funded the five top priority reviews under a Cochrane Fellowship Scheme set up by the Group. The five high priority review topics were then circulated the membership by the two participating societies.  Author teams then bid for the topics and their applications were circulated to the Group Editors. The Editors then ranked the applications they received and matched the reviews to successful candidates.  

What topics were found to be priority? The list of reviews completed based on priority topics from this exercise can be found here, including links to the reviews on the Cochrane Library.