Read, discover and understand progress, achievements and outcomes of cancer research, education and clinical care delivered by the VCCC, our alliance members, supporters and partners.
Last week I attended the inaugural Advances in Cancer Drug Discovery and Development Symposium, jointly presented by Cancer Therapeutics CRC - (CTx), Merck Sharpe and Dohme MSD,and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre alliance.
As I was preparing to attend the World Cancer Congress last week I was struck by the authenticity and relevance of a speech happening at another world forum.
An Australian-first approach to cancer clinical trials – called registry-based randomised controlled trials or registry trials – will enhance the ability of clinicians to select the right treatments for patients.
Working with partners across the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) alliance and private health services, the first Australian cancer-focused registry trials will investigate and evaluate promising new cancer treatment strategies for bowel cancer and brain tumours.
As Australia’s only fully-fledged comprehensive cancer centre, our distributed leadership model is essential to a community that crosses institutional, organisation and expertise boundaries.
A new collaborative Centre for Cancer Immunotherapy
The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre alliance, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the University of Melbourne have partnered to create a new collaborative Centre for Cancer Immunotherapy.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Anna Boltong to the key leadership position of Associate Director
As the VCCC alliance accelerates efforts to deliver its $30 million Strategic Research Plan by 2020, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Anna Boltong to the key leadership position of Associate Director. This is a pivotal role providing strategic and operational oversight across the VCCC’s main portfolio areas, with particular focus on program quality and long-term sustainability.
The VCCC Consumer Engagement Action Plan will provide a comprehensive model and implementation plan to guide our efforts in this area. It draws on the Cancer Australia National Framework for Consumer Involvement in Cancer Control.
Investigator-initiated trials broaden opportunities and benefits to patients
The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre’s first Investigator-Initiated Trial Capacity Building support package has been awarded to Professor Geoff Lindeman.
The next generation of cancer research has been given a boost with three VCCC PhD students receiving this year’s Picchi Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research at an award ceremony on 9 July.
It has been inspiring to see so many partner organisations and individuals recognised with a variety of prestigious awards and accolades in the past month or so.
Immunotherapy is very much on the mainstream agenda this week as I return from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting, with a number of headline stories making the news internationally.
Announcing five new VCCC Research & Education Lead
A foundation principle of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is that, as an alliance, we are greater than the sum of our parts. Translating this into real-world practicality requires more than traditional collaboration. It demands strong, collegiate leadership and strategic, systematised ways of working across organisational boundaries and disciplines.
What if there was a new approach to clinical trials that addressed pragmatic clinical questions and was far more cost effective than traditional clinical trials?
And what if these trials could be conducted using ‘real world’ patients, rather than the selective populations often used in conventional clinical trials, thereby providing answers that could be readily applied to everyday clinical settings?
Dr Kylie Mason appointed new Chair of VCCC Cancer Education and Training Advisory Committee
As the VCCC alliance embarks on a period of rapid expansion and development, success relies on our ability to create and implement better ways of working together to overcome cancer. Such a complex and ambitious task requires strong and dedicated leadership across all aspects of our comprehensive cancer agenda.
I was reminded of the extraordinary workforce that exists across the alliance when visiting our partner organisations to share the VCCC Strategic Research Plan (SRP) this month.
A novel approach to better predicting breast cancer risk using mammography and collaborations
How do you calculate risk for breast cancer? Dr Kevin Nguyen from the University of Melbourne is developing better predictors of breast cancer risk, establishing novel ways of interpreting mammograms.
On the road to reaching a shared goal
Andrew Freeman, a researcher in cancer immunology at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is the recipient of the inaugural Steer North VCCC PhD Research Scholarship.
On 22 March the US-Australia Cancer Moonshot Roundtable was held in Canberra. Professor Sean Grimmond from the Centre for Cancer Research at University of Melbourne and I attended with representatives from the US National Cancer Institute.
Commitment to providing outstanding learning and development opportunities for the cancer research workforce
Eleven senior post-doctoral researchers have been awarded fully funded places in the highly regarded Victorian Consortium for Health and Biomedical Research Development Progr
Congratulations and thanks to new working party members and the current leadership team of Foundations of Cancer
The VCCC is committed to supporting the continual professional development of the cancer care workforce across the alliance. Strong education and training programs are vital for the rapid introduction and uptake of evidence and best practice into care, and to provide a workforce skilled in the generation, interpretation and application of new knowledge.
Kathryn Field won a Picchi Award in 2017, just one week after handing in her PhD thesis
“Finishing the thesis and then winning the award gave me a great sense of achievement. Research is a hard slog; an award is tangible recognition and inspiration to get back to that slog.”
Congratulations to all candidates from VCCC partner organisations shortlisted for the Premier’s Award and conducting cancer related research
The Premier's Award is awarded annually to recognise the exceptional contributions made by early career health and medical researchers in their PhD studies. Category award winners receive $5,000 each and the overall Excellence Award winner receives additional $15,000.
Professor Maarten J. IJzerman to lead research into Victoria’s cancer healthcare system
Following an extensive international search, health services and technology expert, Professor Maarten J. IJzerman (pictured) has been appointed Chair of Cancer Health Services Research. This prestigious position has been established by the University of Melbourne and Western Health, as part of their contribution to the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Leaders in Cancer Strategy.
Conference Wrap Up by convenor, Associate Professor Michael Jefford
The 2nd Victorian Cancer Survivorship Conference hosted by the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre was held on the 8-9 February at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne.