Idea Generation Workshop

Launched in 2019, Idea Generation Workshops enable us to deliver on our strategic goals to accelerate the pace of discovery and foster collaboration between researchers. They serve as a platform to elevate new ideas and encourage participants to offer constructive advice, as well as ways of improving proposed ideas.

Workshop themes are governed by the research priorities reviewed annually by the AGITG Scientific Advisory Committee, aiming to identify areas of unmet need or gaps in research, and enable the development of AGITG-led clinical trials to fill these gaps.

Our workshops help foster collaboration between AGITG members with all disciplines encouraged to submit ideas and participate. In recent workshops, we have also collaborated with TROG Cancer Research, Pancare Foundation, Liver Cancer Collaborative and the Gastroenterological Society of Australia.

On the day of a Workshop, a group of experts discuss the ideas, and support those that are scientifically sound and feasible for further development through the AGITG Upper and Lower GI Working Parties. Concept Development Groups are formed to support the investigators during this development phase. View more information about the Working Parties or our concept development process.

Upcoming Virtual Workshop:

Anal Cancer, Friday 17 May 2024:

Gaps in current knowledge or embryonic ideas for future AGITG-led clinical trials with a focus on anal cancer are encouraged for submission.

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Past Workshops:

Late Stage Colorectal Cancer, Friday 19 May 2023:

Held virtually on Friday 19 May 2023, our sixth Idea Generation Workshop discussed new ideas for late stage colorectal cancer. Thank you to A/Prof Cherry Koh and Dr Sina Vatandoust for convening this workshop. Read the workshop recap

Neoadjuvant Treatment in Rectal Cancer, 13 May 2022:

The fifth AGITG Idea Generation Workshop was held virtually on Friday 13 May, 2022 in collaboration with TROG Cancer Research. Seven ideas focused on neoadjuvant treatment in rectal cancer were presented on the day to a multidisciplinary audience. The Workshop was expertly convened by Associate Professor Sam Ngan and Dr Deborah Wright. Read the workshop recap

Hepatocellular Carcinoma, 20 August 2021:

Our fourth Idea Generation Workshop was held virtually on Friday 20 August, where innovative ideas for research and trials in Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) were presented. It was facilitated seamlessly by Professor Andrew Kneebone and Professor John Olynyk and held in collaboration with TROG Cancer Research, the Liver Cancer Collaborative and the Gastroenterological Society of Australia. Read the workshop recap

Cholangiocarcinoma, 14 May 2021:

The third Idea Generation Workshop was held virtually on Friday 14 May, facilitated by Associate Professor Lara Lipton and Associate Professor Mehrdad Nikfarjam. This workshop was held in collaboration with Pancare Foundation. Several ideas were presented at are workshop focused on cholangiocarcinoma and are currently being progressed through our research development pathway into research concepts. Read more about the seven ideas presented

Early-stage Oesophageal Cancer, 6 November 2020:

The second AGITG Idea Generation Workshop, held virtually, focused on early-stage oesophageal cancer. Six concepts were presented across medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery and nutrition. Several ideas presented are currently being progressed through the AGITG into research concepts. When fully developed, they will be presented to the AGITG Upper GI Working Party. Learn more about the six ideas presented

GI cancers, 21 June 2019:

At the first AGITG Idea Generation Workshop, ten embryonic research ideas were presented and discussed throughout the day to determine the best direction for future research. The ideas covered treatments for rare cancers, including pancreatic cancer, gastric cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma. There were also ideas for quality of life studies, and addressing symptoms such as the skin toxicity associated with colorectal cancer treatment and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Read more about the first Idea Generation Workshop


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