On Thursday, 29th November, Sydney Vital hosted an Immuno-Oncology Symposium, which aims at bringing up the Latest Developments in Immunotherapy- Basic Science, Translational and Clinical.
Ms Grace Lim, the PhD student under our Thyroid Cancer TCE (Translational Centre of Excellence), was awarded a Sydney Vital Travel Grant to attend and present her research study at this year’s annual meeting of the American Thyroid Association.
On Thursday, 9th November, we were proud to present our second Thyroid Cancer Interest Group this year with our sponsor- Eisai Australia.
On 5th November, Prof Alexander Engel ( committee member and director of Sydney Vital) gave a presentation of Sydney Vital at the Surgical Grand Rounds.
After introducing our current position and roles, Prof Engel summarised our achievements and outcomes over the past four years comprehensively and addressed Vital’s plan and vision for the upcoming years.
For access to the full presentation content, please click here.
On the August 9, 2018, Sydney Vital teamed up with The Unicorn Foundation to host the 2018 Neuroendocrine Tumour Q&A Session. The session saw over 100 attendees come together to hear about what’s new in Neuroendocrine Tumours and why research plays a vital role in patient outcomes.
Sydney Vital would like to congratulate Ms Zizhen Ming for being selected as one of the travel award winners in this round, she used the award to support her attendance to the American Association for cancer research 2018.
The American Association for cancer research 2018 (AACR 20188), held at the McCormick Place North/South in Chicago, USA was the 109th annual gathering of AACR, this year focusing on the theme of ‘Driving Innovative Cancer Science to Patient Care.’ As the premier scientific conference in the field of cancer the conference saw over 22,000 cancer researchers, physician-scientists, industry scientists and patient advocates come together to hear the latest talk in cancer research.
Ms Zizhen Ming attended the conference thanks to the travel scholarship awarded by Sydney Vital. Currently a Phd student at Mazquarie University, Zizhen’s primary research interest is in melanoma a cancer that causes 75% of skin cancer death.
At the AACR 2018 Ms Ming presented a poster titled “Multiple signalling pathways are active in BRAF/NRAS wild type melanomas,’ in the session ‘Biomaker Identification and Novel Methods.’ This was the first time Ms Ming had the opportunity to fully present her work at such a prestigious international conference and with content on finding new therapeutic targets for this subgroup of patients in order to provide effective treatment strategies, it generated lots of interest and was an excellent platform to network with other professionals in a similar field.
The program of the AACR 2018 included a variety of topics in cancer research; like drug resistance, immune checkpoints, patient derived xenografts, CRISPO Cas9, genomic profiling, undergoing clinical trials and so on. By attending the conference Ms Ming comments “it’s invaluable and inspired by networking with other researchers overseas, sharing ideas and understanding our limitations to help make further improvements in our study.”
Ms Zizhen Ming
Sydney Vital supported Dr David Chan’s attendance to the Congress of the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology 2018 (WFNMB), this was the 12th congress held in Melbourne, Australia.
The event attracted nuclear medicine physicians, radiologists, medical imaging trainees, physicists, scientists, technologists, nurses and the broader medical scientific community. With the aim to promote further global transactions of molecular medicine incorporating the translation of basic laboratory research to clinical practice and establishment of clinical and technical standards, it provided Dr Chan with the opportunity to showcase his research as a part of a presentation.
The research presented by Dr David Chan was a 3-part symposium in neuroendocrine tumour, including representatives from Royal North Shore Hospital, the Peter MacCullum Cancer Centre and the Zentralkinik Bad Berka. Several systematic reviews/meta-analyses in neuroendocrine tumours performed by the neuroendocrine tumour group in Royal North Shore Hospital were cited as part of the presentation. Furthermore, the ground-breaking research in dual NET grading (the NETPET score, Chan…Bailey Theranostics 2017) was highlighted later in the same session by Dr Singh of the Bad Berka centre.
The program of the WFNMB involved a range of focused plenary sessions, continuing education sessions and a large poster presentation sessions which allowed Dr Chan to gain insight into the latest research.
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Dr David Chan
Sydney Vital invites applications for Travel Awards to the value of $1,500 for domestic travel and $3,000 for international travel. 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.
Applications must be combined in a single PDF file and must be submitted as attachment in an email to [email protected]. Please use the following naming convention:
Last Name_ First Name_ Travel Award_ Application_2018
Last Name_ First Name_ Travel Award_ Supervisor_2018
Applications will close on Monday 23rd July 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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Please note, you must be a confirmed member of Sydney Vital with a minimum of 8 weeks membership from the advertising date of this travel application round for your application to be considered.