Saudi meeting for breast cancer specialists

17 February 2012

A team from the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Pharmacy is in Saudi Arabia to take part in a joint symposium on breast cancer with King Saud University Vice Rectorate for Health Specialties.

The two-day multidisciplinary symposium will focus on breast cancer imaging, rehabilitation and medication formulation and safety. It will include presentations from the Sydney team, their Saudi counterparts and workshop sessions with students.

The visit is being funded by a grant from DFAT's Council of Australian-Arab Relations.

One of the aims of the symposium is to share best practice. The Breast Cancer Research Group in the Faculty of Health Sciences is focused on identifying and modifying the painful, long-term effects of breast cancer treatment to improve overall quality of life. The Medical Radiation Sciences team is working on novel ways to enhance the visualisation and detection of breast cancer and through effective industrial partnerships has been instrumental in assessing innovative mammographic and ultrasound technologies.

Faculty of Pharmacy researchers are interested in factors affecting the use of medicines and patient safety, and in the complex interactions between potent therapy such as cancer chemotherapy and other pharmacotherapy, including non-prescription, complementary and alternative medicines.

Preparation for the symposium has been extensive, with six months of teleconferences to pinpoint exact areas of mutual research interest.

The Sydney team consists of Professor Patrick Brennan, Professor Sharon Kilbreath, Clinical Associate Professor Jane Beith, Associate Professor Daniela Traini, and Sandra Margon from the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor International who has facilitated the organisation of the event.

It is hoped the symposium will pave the way for long-term research and teaching links between King Saud's Health Specialties division and the Faculties of Health Sciences and Pharmacy at Sydney.

Contact: Richard North

Phone: 02 9351 3191

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