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 unmet need or gaps in research, and enable the development of AGITG-led clinical trials to fill these gaps.

Members from all disciplines are encouraged to submit an idea and/or participate 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 Workshop:

Rectal Cancer, Friday 13 May 2022:

  • Gaps in current knowledge or embryonic ideas for future AGITG-led clinical trials in rectal cancer with a focus on neoadjuvant treatment are encouraged for submission.
  • Convenors: Associate Professor Sam Ngan and Dr Deborah Wright.
  • Submissions close: 9am Thursday 7 April 2022.

Learn more and submit your idea

Past Workshops:

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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