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Sydney Cancer Conference 2020 hosted at the University of Sydney

Sydney Cancer Conference 2021

September 9-10, 2021 - Bridging research and practice

The University of Sydney is proud to host the seventh Sydney Cancer Conference, a national forum showcasing existing and emerging strengths in cancer research across Australia.

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Sydney Cancer Conference (SCC2021) will be held September 9 and 10, 2021 online. The virtual conference will take place within a specialised online conferencing platform which will enable a dynamic program of presentations and interactivity. SCC2021 in virtual format will be open and easily accessible to regional, interstate and international speakers and attendees and also enable safe attendance and fully participation by cancer consumers with health concerns who may prefer to minimise interpersonal contact.

The program will feature all areas of cancer research – basic biomedical, public health, clinical and psychosocial – making the latest information and research available to researchers, clinicians, students, consumers and members of the public alike.

SCC2021 is hosted in partnership with four Cancer Institute of NSW Translational Cancer Research Centres: Sydney Catalyst, The Kids Cancer Alliance, Sydney-West Translational Cancer Research Centre and Sydney Vital.

Key Dates

Early Bird registration closes Monday 2 August

Standard registration open Tuesday 3 August

Abstract submissions are now closed


Download the conference program schedule here (PDF) and the Speakers Information PDF here.

Confirmed plenary speakers:

  • Professor Ethan Basch - Professor of Medicine, Division of Haematology and Oncology; and Professor of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, USA (and affiliated with University of Birmingham)
  • Professor Fran Baum - Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor; and Director, Southgate Institute for Health, Society & Equity, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University
  • Professor Richard Scolyer - Conjoint Professor, The University of Sydney; Co-Medical Director Melanoma Institute Australia and Senior Staff Specialist at The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital & NSW Health Pathology
  • The Hon. Bronwyn (Bronnie) Taylor MLC - Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women, Parliament of NSW
  • Professor David Thomas - Head, Genomic Cancer Medicine, Garvan Institute of Medical Research; Director, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre; and CEO Omico Australian Genomic Cancer Medicine Centre
  • Professor Theresa Whiteside - Professor of Pathology, Immunology and Otolaryngology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA  
  • Dr Anupriya Agarwal - NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, The University of Sydney
  • Dr Ali Azimi - Post-doctoral Research Associate, Westmead Clinical School, Department of Dermatology  
  • A/Prof Emily Blyth - Senior Staff Specialist Haematologist, Clinical Lead, Immune Effector Cell Therapies, Westmead Hospital; NSW Cancer Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow, Westmead Institute for Medical Research
  • Prof Patrick Brennan - Professor of Diagnostic Imaging, Faculty of Medicine Health, The University of Sydney and CEO, DetectED-X
  • Prof Alex Broom - Professor of Sociology, Director Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies, School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney
  • Prof Phyllis Butow - PoCoG & CeMPED, School of Psychology;  SoURCe, Institute of Surgery, The University of Sydney
  • Prof Karen Canfell - Director, The Daffodil Centre; Professor & NHMRC Leadership Fellow, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney
  • Dr David Chan - Medical Oncologist, Bill Walsh Lab, Kolling Institute of Medical Research
  • A/Prof Angela Chou - Kolling Institute of Medical Research
  • Prof Jonathan Clark- Director of Head and Neck Research, Lang Walker Family Foundation Chair in Head and Neck Cancer Reconstructive Surgery, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
  • Dr Emily Colvin - Bill Walsh Translational Cancer Research Laboratory, Kolling Institute of Medical Research and The University of Sydney
  • A/Prof Mark Cowley - Associate Professor, School of Women’s and Children’s Health, UNSW Medicine; Luminesce Alliance Childhood Cancer Computational Biology Program Co-Leader; ACRF Childhood Cancer Liquid Biopsy Program Co-Leader; Children's Cancer Institute  
  • A/Prof Matt Dun - Associate Professor, The University of Newcastle (UON) Faculty of Health & Medicine, Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)
  • Prof Anna DeFazio - Sydney West Chair of Translational Cancer Research, The University of Sydney; Director, Centre for Cancer Research, The Westmead Institute for Medical Research; Interim Chair, Cancer Research Network
  • Prof Jacob George - Robert W Storr Chair of Hepatic Medicine, Sydney Medical School; Director, Storr Liver Centre, The Westmead Institute for Medical Research; Head, Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Westmead Hospital and Sydney West Local Health District - Obesity-related Liver Disease and Cancer Group
  • Dr Kavitha Gowrishankar - Westmead Institute for Medical Research
  • Professor Annette Haworth - Professor of Medical Physics, Director Institute of Medical Physics, Faculty of Science, School of Physics, The University of Sydney
  • Prof Vanessa Hayes - Petre Chair of Prostate Cancer Research, University of Sydney; Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Honorary Professor of Medical Sciences, University of Limpopo, South Africa; Conjoint Professor of Medicine, St Vincent's Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney; Scientific Director, Southern African Prostate Cancer Study (SAPCS); Scientific Director, iDZOMO - Prostate Cancer Initiative for Africa
  • Dr Tracy King - Clinical Research Fellow, Cancer Nursing Research Unit, The University of Sydney
  • A/Prof Kelvin Kong - Honorary Professor (MQ), Conjoint Associate Professor (UNSW), Conjoint Associate Professor (UoN), HMRI, Menzies School of Health Research, Paediatric & Adult Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgeon, Cochlear Implant Surgeon, John Hunter Hospital, John Hunter Children's Hospital., Hunter ENT
  • Ms Kathryn Leaney - Member of the Executive Committee of Cancer Voices NSW and Manager of the Consumer Involvement in Research Program
  • Mr Tony Maxwell – Member of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) Support and Advocacy Committee; Cancer Voices NSW; Member of Cancer Council NSW Consumer Review Research Grants Panel
  • Mr Murray McLachlan - Deputy Chair, Cancer Voices NSW
  • A/Prof Nick Pavlakis - Professor of Medicine, University of Sydney; Board Chair, The Thoracic Oncology Group of Australasia (TOGA); Clinical Services Director, Genesis Care St Leonards, Frenchs Forest; Senior Staff Specialist, Department of Medical Oncology; Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Prof Chris Pyke - Chair, Foundation for Breast Cancer Care
  • Dr Tristan Rawling - Discipline Leader, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Technology Sydney
  • Prof Roger Reddel - Sir Lorimer Dods Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney; Director, Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI); Head, Cancer Research Unit, CMRI; Director of CellBank Australia and Co-Director of ProCan®
  • A/Prof Lynnette Riley - Associate Professor, Sydney School of Education & Social Work, Program Director - Indigenous Studies & Aboriginal Education, FASS - Coordinator Indigenous Studies Major (ISM), The University of Sydney
  • Dr Geeta Sandhu - eviQ Project Pharmacist, Cancer Institute NSW 
  • Prof Patrick Schlegel - Professor and Head of Cellular Cancer Therapeutics, School of Medical Sciences / Medical Sciences Administration, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney
  • Dr Ines Silva - Oncologist and Research Scientist at the Melanoma Institute Australia, Westmead & Blacktown Hospitals, and the University of Sydney
  • Dr Emma Webster - Senior Lecturer Rural Research, School of Rural Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney
  • A/Prof Lisa Whop - National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health, The Australian National University
  • Dr Jasmine Yee - Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-Based Decision-Making, Academic Fellow, Discipline of Exercise and Sport Sciences, The University of Sydney

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Brain Tumour Research Symposium

Wednesday 8 September 9.30am – 5.00pm, on Zoom

Registration and Abstract Submissions are now open. To register, please click here.

This special event is chaired by Kim Alexander, Michael Buckland, Kristina Cook, Manuel Graeber, Susannah Hallal, Louise Orcheston-Findlay and Ágota Tűzesi. The program features discipline leaders and innovators from across the fascinating, multidisciplinary field of brain tumour research.  

Students and early-career researchers (<10 years PhD), submit your abstract for the opportunity to present your research in a 3 or 8 minute oral presentation or as a virtual poster + associated 3 minute oral presentation. Abstract submission instructions will be sent by email once registration is complete. Abstract submissions close 5pm Monday 2 August, 2021.

Presented by the Brain Tumour Special Interest Group (BTSIG) of the CRN.

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