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.
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.
Xu Dong Zhang delivers the first oral presentation
Xu Dong answers questions from the floor
Sam Faulker delivering his oral presentation
Attentive audience for oral presentations that covered topics from T1-T3
Rodney Scott introduces the first of our invited speakers Stephen Fox
Filled auditorium for our invited speaker's presentations
Our second invited speaker Bogda Koczwara provides an excellent presentation
Sebastiaan Goulooze presenting some research on therapeutic drug modelling.
Todsaporn Fuangrod delivers his presentation on real-time verification of radiotherapy doses.
Liz Fradgley taking questions from the floor about her research on improving patient experiences in tertiary clinics.
Rodney Scott delivers his presentation on panel testing for breast cancer risk assessment.
Rodney answers questions from the audience.
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.
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, 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."
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.
Delegates enjoy morning tea break
Networking during breaks
Discussions over posters
Break for lunch and more networking oppertunities
Stephen Ackland engaged in discussions with HCB Senior technician Sarah Nielsen
Our invited guests peruse the many posters on display
Bogda Koczwara (left) and Stephen Fox (right) discussing cancer research
More lunch networking oppertunities
Billie Bonevski (right) takes the opportunity to chat to Bogda (left)
Networking in action
Posters were well attended during the breaks
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.
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.
Best Translational Science Oral Presentation
Best Translational Oral Presentation by a ECR/Student
Best Implementation Science Poster Presentation
Best Biomarkers Poster Presentation
Vahid Heravi Shargh
Best Translational Science Poster by an ECR/Student
Best Rapid Fire Poster Presentation