Idea Generation Workshop

The challenges of treating gastro-intestinal (GI) cancers are vast and the impact that these diseases have is devastating. To continue our efforts to accelerate the pace of discovery, the Idea Generation Workshop was launched in 2019. These workshops identify areas of great unmet need or gaps in research, and enable the development of suitable study designs to fill these gaps.

AGITG members from all disciplines are encouraged to submit gaps in current knowledge or ideas for future clinical trials for discussion at the workshops. The Workshop themes are governed by the research priorities set annually by the AGITG Scientific Advisory Committee.

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 Workshops:

Cholangiocarcinoma, in collaboration with Pancare, Friday 14 May 2021:

  • Gaps in current knowledge or ideas for future clinical trials in cholangiocarcinoma cancer are encouraged for submission.
  • Convenors: Associate Professor Lara Lipton and Associate Professor Mehrdad Nikfarjam
  • Submissions closed

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Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Friday 20 August 2021:

  • Gaps in current knowledge or ideas for future clinical trials in hepatocellular carcinoma with a focus on radiation are encouraged for submission.
  • Convenors: Professor Andrew Kneebone and Professor John Olynyk
  • Submissions close: Monday 12 July 2021.

Learn more and submit your idea


Past Workshops:

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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