Cancer experts converge

3 May 2013

A major symposium hosted by the University of Sydney next Monday will profile cutting edge research from across the globe which is driving improved treatments and outcomes for cancer patients.

Based at the Parkroyal, Darling Harbour, the event will bring together cancer clinicians, researchers, educators, policy makers and consumers. It is being hosted by Sydney Catalyst, a Translational Cancer Research Centre working across many different areas of research at the University, as well as across 20 different member groups and hospitals.

Symposium presenters include:

  • Professor Phyllis Butow (University of Sydney) will present the Clinical pathways for anxiety and depression pilot project which involves touch-screen computer screening for distress in cancer patients.
  • Dr Belinda Kiely (University of Sydney) will detail the creation of a cancer prognostic tool with Ipad application.
  • Professor Stan Kaye from The Institute of Cancer Research, UK, will deliver a keynote address, Cancer therapy: are we making progress in 2013?
  • Professor Allan Spigelman, Director of Cancer Services, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre will chair a panel session, Bench to bedside, research and opportunities for translation.
  • The final session of the day will examine the successful elements of other local and international translational cancer research centres and programs.

The full day scientific meeting will be followed by a dinner, providing an important opportunity for Sydney Catalyst members and others interested in translational cancer research to meet, connect and potentially collaborate. The dinner will include 14 Three Minute Pet Project presentations from Sydney Catalyst Members, in the style of the well-known Three Minute Thesis competition.

About Sydney Catalyst: Sydney Catalyst is a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional endeavour established with core funding from Cancer Institute NSW, administered through the University of Sydney. The consortium brings together teams of leading researchers and clinicians from more than 20 member organisations across NSW with the purpose of facilitating the rapid translation of scientific discoveries into clinical policy and practice to improve patient outcomes. Sydney Catalyst covers the full spectrum from basic research through to clinical trials and clinical practice, extending to population, psychosocial and health economics research.

Event details

What: Sydney Catalyst Translational Cancer Research Symposium

When: 8.30am to 5pm, Monday 6 May, followed by a symposium dinner from 6 to 10pm.

Where: Parkroyal, Darling Harbour

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