28-30 July 20222
On behalf of the local organising committee, we would like to invite everyone to the ANZCHOG Annual Scientific Meeting in Sydney on 28 – 30 July 2022.
After two years of virtual meetings and collaboration, we are excited to be hosting the event that will bring all of our colleagues from Australia and New Zealand back together in person. The 2022 ASM will feature a range of national and international experts across all disciplines of paediatric oncology and haematology, coming together to share their knowledge and experience. There will be many educational opportunities with plenary sessions, special interest groups, and interactive discussions, along with a range of networking opportunities to catch up with colleagues.
We hope to see you there!
Richard Mitchell MBBS, FRACP
Donna Drew RN, MN
Felicity Wright B.Pharm, PhD
Co-Convenors ANZCHOG ASM 2022
Every year, Australian & New Zealand Childrens Haematology/Oncology Group (ANZCHOG) host a conference for members to come together and discuss the latest issues in our field. The ANZCHOG Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) is an important opportunity for people from different disciplines to collaborate, share ideas and take part in professional development, ensuring we’re pursuing our commitment to improving care for children with cancer and their families.
The ASM is comprised of informative sessions led by speakers from Australia, New Zealand and around the world; practical workshops relevant to our work; a chance for sub-groups to meet up in person; and opportunities to network.
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Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC) is New Zealand’s national charity dedicated to supporting patients, and their families/whānau, living with a blood cancer or a serious blood condition.
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Novartis is reimagining medicine to improve and extend people’s lives. As a leading global medicines company, we use innovative science and digital technologies to create transformative treatments in areas of great medical need. In our quest to find new medicines, we consistently rank among the world’s top companies investing in research and development. Novartis products reach nearly 750 million people globally and we are finding innovative ways to expand access to our latest treatments. About 108,000 people of more than 140 nationalities work at Novartis around the world. Novartis has more than 60 years’ history in Australia and employ around 600 associates across its two divisions.
Jordan is a mid-career clinician specializing in the treatment of paediatric brain tumours. He has a long-standing interest in cancer genetics post the completion of his Master’s of Science in Cancer Genetics at Queen’s University, Canada. Upon the completion of his clinical training and admission to fellowship, he relocated to Melbourne where he led the team’s neuro-oncology and clinical research teams. Most recently he has relocated to Adelaide where he is developing a Neuro-Oncology research program at SAHMRI/SAiGENCI and the new Bragg Proton Radiotherapy Centre. He is currently the chair of the ANZCHOG brain group.
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For more than 20 years, Illumina has aspired to improve human health by unlocking the power of the genome. As we move towards precision medicinein pediatric cancer, we have only just begun to discover the true impact of genomics. Learn how Illumina technologies is enabling novel insights into childhood cancer risk and treatment. Visit: https://sapac.illumina.com/destination/Precision-Medicine-in-Pediatric-Cancers.html
eviQ and eviQ Education are programs of the Cancer Institute NSW, a state government cancer control agency. Both programs have a national target audience and an international reach.
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The Kids’ Cancer Project is an independent national charity supporting childhood cancer research. Since 1993, the charity has contributed more than $50 million dollars to scientific research projects to help children with many different types of cancer.
Mission: To support bold scientific research that has the greatest chance of clinical success in the improvement of treatments of childhood cancers.
Vision: One hundred per cent survival for children with cancer while eradicating the harmful impacts treatment can bring.
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The Robert Connor Dawes (RCD) Foundation was created in June 2013 in the memory of Robert ‘Connor Dawes’ who lost his 16-month battle with an ependymoma brain tumour at just 18 years of age. The RCD Foundation works to support brain matters projects in the areas of research, care and development – to fund the science to fight paediatric brain cancer and support patients in the meantime.
The Foundation operates in Australia and the US, and to date has invested $3.45M into paediatric brain cancer research, funding basic science and translational projects, as well as capacity building grants through fellowships, scholarships and travel grants. It has also leveraged another $10M, leading collaborative research initiatives. In addition to funding and partnering with Australian research institutes and Foundations, RCD is also active member of the Child’s Brain Tumour Network (CBTN), Paediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium (PNOC) and the Collaborative Ependymoma Research Network (CERN). We leverage our research investments through partnering with like-minded and passionate organisations to continue to battle paediatric brain cancer.
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Worldwide approximately 25% of branded product turnover is reinvested into research and development through the Servier Foundation, with half of that investment dedicated to research to help fight cancer.
Servier has significant investment in new products in early development in the areas of Oncology and Haematology with broad research and development platforms in cancer cell apoptosis and immuno-oncology. Servier Australia is also home to the Asia-Pacific clinical trial hub.
Servier is proud to support innovative partnering programs with world class institutions including WEHI in Australia to further advance scientific understanding in the area of oncology. For further information see the website www.servier.com.au
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At EUSA we are committed to transforming the lives of people affected by cancer or rare disease, globally.
We continuously strive to uncover opportunities which address gaps across adult and paediatric care – through development opportunities, acquiring, and in-licensing therapies.
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Dr Battisti is a Clinical Psychologist and Researcher at the Cancer Centre for Children at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Sydney. Dr Battisti completed his PhD at the University of Wollongong and a postdoctoral position with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales in partnership with the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney. Dr Battisti is also on the Board of Directors for the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). His clinical background is in child, adolescent and young adult (AYA) psychology as well as parenting psychology, with expertise in paediatric cancer including childhood cancer survivorship.
Annabel Crabb is one of Australia’s most beloved journalists. She is an ABC writer and presenter who has covered Australian politics for 20 years but also is nationally well-known for her insightful and humorous analysis on gender and current affairs.
Annabel recently created and presented the ground breaking Ms Represented, unearthing stories from the 100 years of women in Australian parliaments. For the ABC, she has also devised and presented six seasons of the enormously popular Kitchen Cabinet, and “The House with Annabel Crabb – the fly-on-the-wall documentary on Australian Parliament.” She also presents the ABC’s hit culinary history series Back In Time For Dinner, and co-stars in Tomorrow Tonight with Charlie Pickering.
With friend and ABC colleague Leigh Sales, Australia’s pre-eminent current affairs journalist, Annabel hosts the top-rating podcast Chat 10 Looks 3. Their first book together, Well Hello, was published in September 2021.
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Professor Vowels is a renowned early leader of the paediatric oncology and haematology disciplines in Australia. Professor Vowels established the first bone marrow transplant program in Australia at the then Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital, now Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick, NSW. Professor Vowels established the Australian Cord Blood Bank and was a founding trustee of the Australian Cord Blood Foundation. Professor Vowels has over 100 peer reviewed publications, he was the founding member of a number of editorial boards of discipline specific journals and is the author of multiple book chapters. Professor Vowels was the President of the Australian and New Zealand Children’s Cancer Study Group from 1990 to 1994, and was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to medicine, particularly in the fields of childhood leukaemia and cancer.
Professor Monagle is an internationally renowned paediatric haematologist and haemato-pathologist. He is a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne, a clinical Haematologist at the Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital, and an Honorary Fellow and Group Leader in Haematology Research at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Professor Monagle is a world expert on thrombosis and coagulation, with over 300 publications in the field of paediatric haematology. His research group holds multiple NHMRC grants and is currently leading work into COVID-19 associated thrombosis. Professor Monagle was awarded the Outstanding Research Award in Paediatric Cardiology by the American Heart Association in 2008, and delivered the Barry Firkin Oration for the Thrombosis & Haemostasis Society of Australia and New Zealand in 2018. He has played a key role in designing multiple international multi-centre trials, and been an invited speaker at haematology conferences across the globe.
DR ROB BATTISTI | CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST | BPSYCH (HONS), PhD (CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY) | FACPA | LEUT RAN
Rob Battisti is a Senior Clinical Psychologist and head of Psycho-oncology at the Cancer Centre for Children at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and a Clinical Director at Mind Plasticity, a large multi-disciplinary mental health practice in Sydney. He is passionate about delivering evidence-based therapies and overcoming some of the traditional barriers that restrict people from accessing top quality care via team care arrangements. A key focus of his work is mental health service development, including policy, governance and clinical training. His goal in children’s cancer services is to ensure that mental wellness, education and future quality of life are placed firmly in the treatment mix.
Rob completed his PhD at the University of Wollongong and a postdoctoral position with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales in partnership with the Brain and Mind Centre (BMC) at the University of Sydney. He has worked in and around Sydney for many years and has professional affiliations with organisations such as the BMC, headspace and St Vincent’s Private Hospital. He has additionally served on the Board of Directors for the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) of which he is a Fellow member.
Rob has expertise in working with individuals and families with more complex needs and in multi-disciplinary care arrangements. His clinical background is in child, adolescent and young adult (AYA) psychology as well as parenting psychology, with expertise in cancer and other areas of health psychology, addiction, and psychiatric comorbidity (i.e. multiple diagnoses).
Rob also consults to organisations on preventative mental health and is a Lieutenant Psychologist with the Royal Australian Navy.
Dr Baker is the Division Chief of Quality of Life and Palliative Care at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA. He is trained in paediatric haematology/oncology, as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr Baker is a world leader in paediatric palliative care and quality of life, with over 100 publications in the field. His research focuses on integrating palliative care into the ongoing care of children with cancer, the ethical consideration of early phase trials, and paediatric palliative care in developing countries. He was awarded the AAHPM Inspirational Leader in Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2014, and the St. Jude Communicator of the Year in 2017. Dr Baker has led the development of guidelines in paediatric palliative care and quality of life that have been implemented in centres throughout the world, and has been an invited speaker at paediatric oncology and palliative care conferences across the globe.
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AProf Yasmin Jayasinghe (FRANZCOG, PhD) is a paediatric gynaecologist , Director of the Oncofertility Program at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and the Australian representative on the Practice Committee of the global Oncofertility Consortium. She is founding Chair of the Australian New Zealand Consortium in Paediatric Oncofertility (ANZCO), and is Principal Investigator of the binational ANZCO clinical trials network driven by ANZCHOG champions, who were recently awarded a $3million MRFF for ‘Life Saving and Job Creating Medical Research’. She was founding chair of the Fertility Preservation Taskforce in Victoria in 2012, who in partnership with consumers pioneered Australia’s first ethically governed paediatric oncofertility program, oncofertility registry (scaled up to the Future Fertility Registry by A Anazodo), and oncofertility nurse navigators. The taskforce have been recognized as finalists in: the Vic Health Awards for facilitating equitable access to oncofertility care; the Australian Nurse of the Year awards for nurse navigation; and three statewide Young Achiever Awards for oncofertility innovation. AProf Jayasinghe has received many honours and in 2021 was a national finalist for the Australian Human Rights Medal for pioneering the protection of the reproductive rights of children.