2015 Hunter Cancer Research Symposium

On Friday 27 November HCRA hosted the Hunter Cancer Research Symposium at Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). A total of 150 delegates registered for this event and we had a great turn up on the day.

Program and Timetable

Oral Presentations

The Symposium showcased a wide range of presenters who reflected the commitment of HCRA to the translational cancer spectrum of Basic Science through to Implementation Science.

The Symposium attracted a number of excellent speakers who provided a day filled with informative presentations.

Read the conference handbook

Keynote Speakers

Particular highlights of this wonderful event included our two keynote speakers: Prof Stephen Fox and Prof Bogda Koczwara. Both Professor Fox and Professor Koczwara gave interesting and thought provoking talks which were appreciated by the audience. Both then took the time to mingle with delegates and answer questions during the breaks.

Prof Stephen Fox presenting at the Symposium

Stephen Fox is Director of Pathology at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Professional Fellow at the University of Melbourne and an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow. He spoke about the Implementation of next generation sequencing of cancer into a diagnostic pathology laboratory: evolution or revolution.

Prof Bogda Koczwara

Prof Bogda Koczwara, a medical oncologist and a senior staff specialist at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, discussed "How context matters – a dissemination and Implementation primer for cancer clinicians."

Poster Presentations

The walls outside the lecture theatre were lined with 45 fabulous poster presentations which delegates were seen perusing with interest during the breaks.

The morning, lunch and afternoon tea breaks provided ample opportunities for networking and poster viewing.

Rapid fire poster session

Rapid Fire Poster Session

This year we introduced a rapid fire poster session to provide the top ten poster presenters with a chance to draw attention to their poster.  The session was a great success and all the presenters were able to distill the essence of their poster into a two minute presentation that entertained and informed the audience. It was impressive to see all the speakers keep to time and provide excellent information in such a short space of time. It was a great way to introduce the poster viewing and canape session which followed.

Symposium Awards

At each annual Symposium HCRA presents awards to the best presentations on the day and it is always a high note on which to end the Symposium. With so many high-quality presenters our peer reviewers had a very important role to play in the allocation of the prizes. There were some close scores but eventually the winners in each category were announced and our Director Steve Ackland had the honour of handing out the awards.


HCRA would like to congratulate the following award winners from the 2015 Symposium.

Pradeep Tanwar

Best Translational Science Oral Presentation

Stephen Ackland and Sebastiaan Goulooze

Sebastiaan Goulooze

Best Translational Oral Presentation by a ECR/Student

Stephen Ackland with Gillian Gould

Gillian Gould

Best Implementation Science Poster Presentation

Stephen Ackland with Melanie Predabon

Melanie Predabon

Best Biomarkers Poster Presentation

Stephen Ackland with Vahid Heravi Shargh

Vahid Heravi Shargh

Best Translational Science Poster by an ECR/Student

Stephen Ackland with Callum Rigby

Callum Rigby

Best Rapid Fire Poster Presentation

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