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Prof Anthony Gill honoured in the Queen’s Birthday List

We are extremely proud of one of our researchers, Professor Anthony Gill who has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday list. For his significant service to medical research in the field of surgical pathology as an academic, author, adviser and mentor, he has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

Prof Gill is a surgical pathologist, his research focuses on hereditary cancer syndromes, endocrine pathology and gastrointestinal pathology with a special emphasis on pancreaticobiliary pathology.

See the full Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours list here.

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Dr Amanda Hudson Awarded Sydney Vital Travel Award

Through the Sydney Vital travel award, Dr Amanda Hudson was able to attend the 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting and Education day of the Society for Neuro Oncology (SNO) based in San Francisco, USA. SNO is the leading international conference for the field of Neuro Oncology. The meeting attracted oncologists, scientists and health care workers alike, with the primary interest in brain cancer research. A multi-disciplinary conference, it’s dedicated to promoting developments in neuro-oncology through research and education, hence why the conference would present Dr Hudson with invaluable opportunities.

This year the main theme of the meeting focused on the ‘Cancer Moonshots,’ an initiative instigated by the National Cancer Institute which aims to accelerate cancer research to make more therapies available to more patients while also improving the ability to prevent and detect cancer from an early stage.

The conference presented a number of common and interesting themes including the importance of the immune system, in particular neutrophils and macrophages, and fatty acid metabolism. Albert Kim, who spoke on sub-clonal architecture and tumour evolution, was of particular relevance to Dr Hudson as the talk had particular relevance to her research.

We’d like to congratulate Dr Amanda Hudson and invite you to keep up-to-date with our scholarships, funding and awards and check out our grant schemes.

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Dr Kelly McKelvey Awarded Sydney Vital Travel Award


Sydney Vital supported Dr Kelly McKelvey’s attendance to the 10th Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology (COGNO), which focused on Tailoring Therapies for Brain Tumours: Challenges and Opportunities. Highlights of the meeting included keynote speakers such as Professor Patrick Wen, Professor Daniel Kelly and Professor Koichi Ichimura, as well as a range of International and Australian specialists for a current and scientific program expanding over 2 full days.

As the Sydney Vital Flasgship 1 Inflammation and Cancer Fellow and Irradiation Manager for the Small Animal Radiation Research Platform (SARRP), Kelly’s role is to develop a preclinical research theme that will advance knowledge of therapy for brain cancer and advise the medical community. The clinical perspective of COGNO 2017 gave Dr McKelvey the opportunity to develop a pre-clinical research theme utilising a mouse model of astrocytic glioma and radiation.

We’d like congratulate Dr Kelly McKelvey and encourage her to keep up the good work. Keep up-to-date with our scholarships, funding and awards and check out our grant schemes.









Dr Kelly McKelvey

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Sarcophagine Chelators and Cooper Isotopes for Imaging and Therapy

A presentation by Amos Hedt, from Sydney Vital’s event ‘Neuroendocrine Preceptorship’ Saturday 12th May 2018.

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New Directions in NET Management

A presentation by Prof Kjell Oberg, from Sydney Vital’s event ‘Neuroendocrine Preceptorship’ Saturday 12th May 2018.

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Next Generation Theranostics

A presentation by Prof Dale Bailey, from Sydney Vital’s event ‘Neuroendocrine Preceptorship’ Saturday 12th May 2018.

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Sydney Vital Research Scholar Awards Round 8 – Closed

Sydney Vital Research Scholar Awards Round 8

Sydney Vital is pleased to invite our members to apply for our Research Scholarship Awards, Round 8.

We invite applications for Research Scholar Awards to the value of $10,000 to support research projects of 12 months duration that closely aligned with the aims and objectives of Sydney Vital.

Closing date for applications: 16th June  2018. For further information and an application form please click here

Download the guidelines here

We also invite you to become a Sydney Vital member Here

Please contact Sydney Vital at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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Sydney Vital Seed Funding Awardees

Congratulations to the following members who were recently awarded a Sydney Vital Seed Funding Award. Awardees receive $25,000 towards their research.

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Control NETS: An Update

A presentation by A/Prof Nick Pavlakis, from Sydney Vital’s event ‘Neuroendocrine Preceptorship’ Saturday 12th May 2018. 

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Sydney Cancer Conference 2018 – Closed

This will be the sixth Sydney Cancer Conference and is focusing on the theme of ‘Bridging research and practice,’ the program features all areas of cancer research – basic biomedical, public health, clinical and psychosocial – making the latest information and research available to delegates.

Sydney vital will be supporting up to ten attendees and applications are invited from suitably qualified researchers. Our aim is to encourage outstanding PhD students, ECRs, researchers and clinicians from within the Sydney Vital network and institutions to present their scientific research progress at national or international conferences.

Submission Guidelines

Applications must complete the Sydney Vital Registration Support Form for the SCC2018 and must be submitted as a single PDF attachment in an email to [email protected]. Please use the following naming convention:


Once approved, Sydney Vital will complete payment of the successful applicants’ registration fee. Please note, we will not reimburse any payments that have been made prior to applying for registration support.

Applications will close on Friday 25th May 2018. Sydney Vital Centre Manager, Suzie Nguyen, can be contacted on 9926 4726 or at [email protected] to assist with any queries.

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