Investing in Excellence
Tumour streams are the core of our research–led clinical care. I am thrilled that in an announcement this week, over $8m has been allocated for prostate cancer research from the Australian Government and the Movember Foundation. Congratulations to Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and to Associate Professor Arun Azad, Professor Michael Hofman and Associate Professor Niall Corcoran, VCCC R&E Lead, Genitourinary Cancer. This provides a good example of how the R&E Lead programs can be a successful vehicle for nurturing the type of multi-site, multi-disciplinary, collaborative research that correlates with research excellence and impact. The research covering the cutting edge-areas of genomics, radionuclide therapy and immunotherapy offers real hope for prostate cancer patients.
VCCC Oral and Oropharyngeal Cancers: role of dental and medical practitioners
The newly established VCCC Research and Education Lead - Head and Neck Cancer program led by Associate Professor David Wiesenfeld met a need for professional development among oral health professionals with its first forum in March. Around 240 participants and speakers attended the full-day event at the VCCC.
AML in 2019 and Beyond - Current Research, Future Directions
As part of our Research & Education Lead - Haematology program, the VCCC co-hosted a full day scientific symposium with the Australasian Leukaemia & Lymphoma Group (ALLG) in March with visiting guest speaker Bob Löwenberg. Professor Löwenberg, (pictured centre) is Professor of Haematology at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and editor-in-chief of Blood, the official journal of the American Society of Haematology. The forum attracted over 160 participants from across Australia and New Zealand, and was a catalyst for productive discussion among VCCC member organisations alongside Monash Health and Monash University, Alfred Health and other major Melbourne-based institutes and organisations.
The Next Wave
These are just some of the big questions our line-up of national and international speakers will be tackling at the VCCC Research Conference 2019.Monday 16–Tuesday 17 September, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.Save the date. Registrations open soon.Special rates for VCCC member staff.
Who is involved and what is planned?
Can palliative care patients contribute to clinical trials in Victoria?
Leeanne Pasanen wants clinical trials to become part of standard practice in palliative care, “I want palliative care patients to know that they too might be able to participate in a clinical trial and have access to new ways of improving care.”
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report released
The latest data on cancer in Australia has just been released. Even though cancer survival rates have increased and cancer mortality rates continue to drop, cancer accounts for around 3 of every 10 deaths in this country. Notable in the report is that just under 50,000 people will die from cancer in 2019 and over half of them will be male (56%). Variations of outcomes exist throughout the community with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people in lower socioeconomic groups both having lower cancer survival rates than other Australians.
Supportive Care and Palliative Care
We are looking for a passionate educator to take overall responsibility for the design, implementation and delivery of the Supportive Care and Palliative Care subject within the Master of Cancer Sciences program.
Showcasing the latest exciting developments in basic, translational and clinical research - register now
All postdoctoral researchers throughout Victoria are invited to register for a symposium showcasing the latest achievements in cancer research, including basic biology, translational research, molecular pathology, bioinformatics, stem cells, epigenetics, clinical trials, genomics and immunology. Featuring plenary lectures, poster sessions and networking opportunities, the conference will provide an excellent forum for postdoctoral researchers to share data and interact with colleagues.
VCCC new initiative: Nurse-led Research Hub
Around 160 nurses attended Nurse-led Research Hub information sessions during February and March to learn more about how nurses can contribute to research. As a nurse in the VCCC network, you are uniquely positioned to develop your ability to undertake research. Think about the area of work that you enjoy most, or the improvements that could be made in your workplace to better support patients. Can you use that interest to contribute to a research project and perhaps initiate one yourself? You may be proficient in research – or you may not have thought about it before. More than 70 nurses working in cancer care across the VCCC have recently registered in the Hub, enabling them to share challenges and opportunities, participate in workshops and more.
Internship program contributes to clinical trials workforce development
The VCCC Education and Training team has joined with APR.Intern to deliver a Study Coordinator internship.
Eight Study Coordinator interns have now been placed in clinical trial units across Victoria to gain on-the-job experience. To start, the interns participated in a two week induction to understand the basics, including trial file management with the Parkville Cancer Clinical Trials Unit (PCCTU).
Apply to study Cancer Research subject, starting soon in Term 2
Are you interested in developing your research capability? In Term 2, the Master of Cancer Sciences program, delivered online through the University of Melbourne will focus on cancer research. The subject will introduce a variety of methods for investigation including experimental and clinical trial design, methodology for population-based studies, ethical considerations and statistical analyses. Enrolments are open now for Masters, Graduate and Specialist Certificate options or you can grow your professional development with a single subject.
Up to three $10,000 prizes offered by the VCCC and the Picchi Foundation
PhD students are invited to make a submission to receive a prestigious award in the categories of basic science, clinical science and population health. Up to three $10,000 prizes recognising Excellence in Cancer Research will be awarded to the top PhD students of the VCCC alliance. In 2019, the population health category will incorporate submissions in the area of health services research. Twenty-five researchers have been awarded prizes since 2012, enabling them to learn and build networks; providing support towards research independence.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 9-10 May 2019
Registrations are now open for the 4th Victorian Integrated Cancer Services (VICS) Conference to be held 9-10 May 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The conference will provide the opportunity for health services, clinicians, researchers and consumers to come together to learn about current and emerging work being undertaken in the cancer sector, and build connections in the cancer community.
Parkville Cancer Clinical Trials Unit 17 May 2019
The Parkville Cancer Clinical Trials Unit (PCCTU) is an integration of the Medical Oncology and Haematology Cancer Trials Units of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and the Royal Women's Hospital and was established to improve cancer care and outcomes for patients by providing expert facilitation of cancer clinical trials across the institutions of the Parkville Precinct. The full day event provides the opportunity to hear from clinical trials experts and key opinion leaders, to learn more about trials challenges and to get an update on emerging changes in cancer clinical trials.
Live event showcased excellence in science communication
Some of Victoria's most talented science communicators gathered for FameLab this month - a program to find, develop and mentor young science communicators - who are ultimately challenged to present their science in three minutes to a live audience. FameLab was established 14 years ago in the UK and now involves over 31 different countries.The FameLab International Final is held at the Cheltenham Science Festival every year in June. State finalists came from Deakin and Monash universities, The Doherty Institute, the University of Melbourne, the CSIRO and St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research and covered a range of topics from stem cells to superbugs and smartphone nanoparticles to curing brain cancer. Congratulations to Catriona Nguyen-Robertson from The Peter Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne who will represent Victoria at the national finals in Perth next month with Exercise can take your immune system for a ride.