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16 - 17 Sep 2019
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

VCCC Research Conference 2019

This is a premier calendar event for Australia’s cancer workforce and will bring together some of the best minds, biggest ideas and latest research in a dynamic and thought-provoking conference. The conference will showcasing all the strengths of the VCCC in a holistic way and bringing an international perspective to what we are doing here in Melbourne.

We will be looking at cancer across the spectrum from nursing to palliative care, basic research, clinical trials and patient support. There will be a focus on the fundamental science but also how that relates to the clinical space, as well as population health, government engagement and policy-making. It is connectivity and network development on large-scale.

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Early bird ticket sales extended until end of July!

If you work or study in the cancer sector you won't want to miss this event!

Early bird prices are on sale until 31 July 2019. Thanks to our supporters there are special affordable rates are available for VCCC alliance staff.

Your ticket will include access to our special three-course networking dinner featuring Olivia Newton-John on the evening of Monday 16 September. 

Please visit the conference website for more information and to purchase your ticket.

VCCC Research Conference 2019

  • Are Victoria’s excellent outcomes for cancer patients a result of good luck or good management?
  • What’s on the next wave of immunotherapy research?
  • How are the hallmarks of cancer are shaping cancer treatment?
  • How can science fiction technologies become a reality in medicine and be used to empower patients?

These are just some of the big questions our line-up of 50+ national and international speakers will be tackling at the VCCC Research Conference 2019.


The two-day event will touch on hot topics and showcase emerging and high-potential research directions on a broad range of disciplinary key areas with a deep dive into:

  • Cancer prevention
  • Immunotherapy
  • Next wave technology
  • Supportive care and survivorship
  • Empowering the consumer
  • Wellness
  • New wave approaches to treatment 

Guest speakers

We are thrilled to announce a stellar line up of 50+ international and national speakers:

  • Olivia Newton-John OBE AC, founding champion of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre

  • Professor Doug Hanahan, internationally-renowned biologist, professor and director of the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and co-author of the seminal paper The Hallmarks of Cancer

  • Professor Sanchia Aranda AM, expert in cancer control and CEO, Cancer Council Australia

  • Dr Bertalan Mesko, self proclaimed "geek" physician, The Medical Futurist and Director of The Medical Futurist Institute, France

  • Professor Suzanne Garland, expert in HPV research, adviser to the World Health Organisation and Director of the Women's Centre for Infectious Diseases, The Royal Women's Hospital 

  • Professor Steve Baylin, co-Chief of the Cancer Biology Program of The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins and the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Chair in Cancer Research

  • Professor Afaf Girgis, behavioural scientist and expert in psycho-oncology, University of New South Wales

  • Professor Thomas Merchant, radiation oncologist and expert in the treatment of childhood cancers, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, USA

and many more..

Visit the conference website for full program 

Students welcome

Looking for a perfect opportunity to make meaningful connections and pave career pathways? #VCCCcon19 welcomes students to be apart of this dynamic event. Register and receive up to $100 off full priced tickets. Student ticket also includes admission to the conference dinner - a perfect networking opportunity.

Public forum

The scientific program will conclude with an evening public forum, The Next Wave: the future of cancer care from Victoria and beyond. This special free event in the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins ballroom will be open to all. The forum will bring together a panel of key conference speakers with patient/consumer ambassadors to explore the current state of play of cancer research.

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