We will... involve consumers in all we do One of the privileges of my role as Executive Director of the VCCC is the vantage point it provides to recognise and celebrate the relentless pursuit of excellence within our alliance partner organisations and the Victorian cancer community. This week many of you will have celebrated the success of friends and colleagues who were awarded...
Incorporate collaboration of two or more VCCC alliance members
Gain access to resources, mentoring and coaching and protocol creation, as well as trial management, site management and biostatistical services. Applicants are encouraged to contact Anne Woollett, Head of Clinical Trials Development, prior to application to begin a support requirements discussion.
Patient-driven clinical trial offers new hope for rare cancer diagnosis
On World Cancer Day on Monday 4 February, a special VCCC Monday Lunch Live event highlighted the value of patient advocacy in prompting new research into rare cancers.
Joint VCCC Research & Education Leads - Breast Cancer
We are delighted to announce that Dr Belinda Yeo and Professor Bruce Mann have been appointed joint VCCC Research & Education Leads – Breast Cancer.
The Research & Education Lead program is key to the VCCC’s endeavours to systematise collaboration across the alliance, and pivotal to turning the idea of integration of research, education and clinical care, into reality. The appointment of these two outstanding leaders in this major tumour stream creates a full suite of research & education leadership across the VCCC.
Resources and support for nurses with an interest in research
The VCCC Nurse-led Research Hub aims to provide a forum to network, share ideas and create opportunities for research led by nurses. A series of videos featuring nurses from across the VCCC alliance are now available online, setting out the spectrum of support, benefits, challenges and advice for nurses with an interest in research. Video case studies are also featured. Cancer nurses are invited to join us during February and March to hear more about the new Nurse-led Research Hub and how it can help you to advance your career, develop your research skills and expand your professional networks. The schedule of meetings is available on our website. All welcome.
VCCC Head and Neck Cancers Program events well received
The VCCC R&E Lead Program Head and Neck Cancers led by Associate Professor David Wiesenfeld has ignited interest among Victorian dental and medical practitioners with more than 220 delegates registering for the program's first collaborative forum on oral and oropharyngeal cancers. The March forum will focus on the role of dental and medical practitioners, particularly in relation to early diagnosis, care and management.
Also in March, international guest speaker Professor Jim McCaul, Consultant Maxillofacial/Head and Neck surgeon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glasgow will be in Australia and will share his experience of running novel clinical trials in head and neck cancer surgery. Bookings are now open for this free forum at the VCCC from 5.30pm on Tuesday 5 March.
Program investment results in boost in capacity The VCCC Understanding Response and Resistance to Targeted Therapies Program, championed by Professor Andrew Roberts, aims to support research that improves understanding of why some patients respond well to targeted therapies and other patients, who clinically appear to have the same type of cancer, respond poorly or not at all.
Current research and future directions
Facilitated by Professor Andrew Roberts and Associate Professor Andrew Wei, with special guest Professor Bob Löwenberg, AML in 2019 and Beyond is a full day scientific symposium sponsored by the Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group (ALLG) and the VCCC. The symposium will gather key opinion leaders together to discuss current research and future directions in leukaemia treatment. The full-day symposium will be held on Thursday 21 March 2019 at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. To register, please send your RSVP to Dilu Uduwela, ALLG Events & Website Manager, email:email@example.com.
Your excellent communication skills and understanding of clinical trial operations will equip you for this key role in improving clinical trial awareness.
This newly-created role provides the opportunity to develop initiatives focussed on improving the awareness of clinical trial activity across the VCCC through the timely availability and communication of accurate trial data. You'll be responsible for mapping existing clinical trial data sources and, where appropriate, develop processes to inform improvements in clinical trial data, accuracy and validity across the VCCC alliance.
Meet Australia's motivated, multidisciplinary, first-ever Cancer Sciences class
Students undertaking the new online Masters program in Cancer Sciences through Melbourne University are getting to know each other this week. Week 1 introduces their first subject, Foundations of Cancer, crafted by over 30 subject matter experts and led by two of the VCCC’s leading scientists, Subject Development Coordinator, Dr Joep Vissers and Online Tutor, Dr Holly Barker...
Apply for a 2019 leadership development scholarship
If you are successful as a researcher, the natural progression is to become head of your own research lab or group and stop spending time at the bench. Being a manager of scientists requires a whole new set of skills. The VCCC has partnered with Marlow Hampshire, a progressive and dynamic leadership development group, to provide a sponsored leadership opportunity for up to 10 talented researchers in 2019. Each scholarship is valued at $2,000 and the program will take place over two days 13 & 14 May and 17 & 18 June 2019.
The 3rd annual Postdoctoral Symposium: New Frontiers in Cancer Research
The symposium will be held at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre building in June 2019. The symposium will showcase the latest exciting developments in basic, translational and clinical research and will provide opportunities to develop collaborations among Victorian institutes. All postdoctoral researchers throughout Victoria are encouraged to attend and to share their latest achievements in all aspects of cancer research, including basic biology, translational research, molecular pathology, bioinformatics, stem cells, epigenetics, clinical trials, genomics and immunology. Abstracts are now sought. Complete the application form available online and submit no later than Friday 22 March 2019.
MBS Leading for Organisational Impact: The Looking Glass Experience program
The Melbourne Business School is offering an open programs scholarship valued at almost $12,000 for a woman working within a VCCC member organisation with a focus on cancer, to participate in their Leading for Organisational Impact: The Looking Glass Experience program. This scholarship opportunity honours the memory of Jo Leonard who was a longstanding and valued member of the Melbourne Business School.
Caring for Every Patient, Learning from Every Patient
Authors are invited to submit oncology-related research abstracts for presentation at this year's ASCO Annual Meeting to be held in Chicago from 31 May to 4 June 2019. Submission deadline is 12 February at 11:59 (EST).