2017 Hunter Cancer Research Symposium

On Friday 24 November 2017, HCRA hosted the Hunter Cancer Research Symposium #HCRASYMP17 at Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). The event attracted just under 150 registered delegates with a wide range of presenters who reflected the commitment of HCRA to the translational cancer spectrum of Basic Science through to Implementation. The symposium once again successfully brought together cancer researchers and clinicians working across basic science, clinical research, clinical practice, public health and health services research.

We believe bringing together people from diverse research and clinical areas will ensure an invaluable forum for all participants.

The 2017 Hunter Cancer Research Symposium program and handbook was provided to delegates as a supplement to the Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Download and view the handbook, including all presenter abstracts.

2017 Symposium Handbook (PDF 2.65MB)

Keynote Speakers

This year was highlighted by the two keynote speakers, Professor Barry Bultz and Prof Susan Clark.

Professor Barry Bultz is Professor and Head, Division of Psychosocial Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and is Director, Department of Psychosocial and Rehabilitation Oncology; Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, Canada. He spoke about ‘Precision Supportive Care: Future Directions’, focussing on the growing importance and development of screening for distress in cancer patients and his belief that distress should be recognised at the 6th vital sign.

Professor Susan Clark is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Head of the Genome and Epigenetics Division at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia. She spoke about ‘The Cancer Genome and Epigenome in 3D’ and highlighted the importance of epigenomics in cancer progression.

Poster Parade

There were 32 informative and high quality posters selected for the Poster Parade which delegates were able to browse throughout the day, particularly over afternoon tea.

Panel Discussion

We were excited to this year to introduce a panel discussion to the symposium program. The panel drew together a number of panel members including visiting speakers, HCRA Consumer Advisory Panel members and HCRA researchers. The discussion was based on 'How can we form and maintain effective consumer-researcher partnerships?'

Thanks to Shayne Connell from CCNSW Hunter Branch who moderated this interesting and informative discussion. It was wonderful to hear from the broader HCRA community and include the audience in the discussions. Overall, those who have formed a consumer-researcher partnership have found value in the experience and we encourage all HCRA members to think about how you can incorporate consumer perspectives into you cancer research.

Panelists from left to right included:

  • Mary-Therese Carey, CAP member
  • Brian Lemin, CAP member
  • Dr Nikola Bowden, Researcher
  • Prof. Barry Bultz, Keynote Speaker
  • Dr Anoop Enjeti, Clinician Researcher
  • Sarah Lukeman, CAP member
  • Dr Pradeep Tanwar, Researcher

The Rapid Research Reflection session presenters were given 5 minutes this year to distill the essence of their research project into a rapid reflection. Attendees gained the benefit of 16 oral presentations in the space of only 1 hour and 20 mins.

Alexandre Xavier presents his Highly Commended Rapid Research Reflection titlted 'A new landscape of mutation for Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer'.

Haylea Richardson presents her Highly Commended Rapid Research Reflection titled 'Assessing the impact of magnetic resonance treatment simulation (MRSIM) on target volume delineation and resultant dose to organs at risk for oropharyngeal radiotherapy'.

With so many entertaining and high quality presentations, choosing prize winners was again a difficult task for our reviewers.

When all sessions were complete, delegates enjoyed networking with nibbles and drinks, with five presenters awarded prizes. HCRA congratulates the major award winners:

  • Natalie Dodd - Best Translational Science Oral Presentation
  • Lisa Hyde - Best Translational Science Poster Presentation
  • Elizabeth Pearsall - Best Translational Science Poster by an ECR/Student
  • Nikita Panicker - Best Rapid Reflection Oral Presentation
  • Mamta Pariyar - Special Recognition Rapid Reflection Oral Presentation

We also recognised the efforts of five highly commended presentations:

  • Ben Britton - Highly Commended Translational Science Oral Presentation
  • Jennette Sakoff - Highly Commended Translational Science Poster Presentation
  • Emma Sherwood - Highly Commended Translational Science Poster by an ECR/Student
  • Alexandre Xavier - Highly Commended Rapid Research Reflection Oral Presentation
  • Haylea Richardson - Highly Commended Rapid Research Reflection Oral Presentation

Natalie Dodd, winner of 'Best Translational Science Oral Presentation'

From left to right: Lisa Hyde, winner of 'Best Translational Science Poster Presentation'

Elizabeth Pearsall, winner of 'Best Translational Science Poster by an ECR/Student'

From left to right: Nikita Panicker, winner of 'Best Rapid Reflection Oral Presentation'

Mamta Pariyar, winner of 'Special Recognition Rapid Reflection Oral Presentation'

Thank you to all those that attended the day and those that contributed to scoring and chairing of sessions and assisted in the running of the program. The 2017 Hunter Cancer Research Symposium was again a success thanks to all involved.

The University of Newcastle, Australia Hunter New England Local Health District Calvary Mater Newcastle Hunter Medical Research Institute Cancer Institute NSW