The John Zalcberg OAM Award for Excellence in AGITG Research
Pictured – 2021 John Zalcberg OAM Award Recipient Professor Mark Smithers
The John Zalcberg OAM Award for Excellence in AGITG Research recognises a member of the Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group (AGITG) who has made a significant and outstanding leadership contribution to AGITG research over a sustained period.
Nominations may recognise the contributions of investigators, research staff and lay members of the AGITG including consumers.
2021 Recipient: Professor Mark Smithers
Professor Mark Smithers received the award at the AGITG’s 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting, held virtually on Friday 15 October.
- Professor Niall Tebbutt, 2020
- Professor Val Gebski, 2019
- Professor John Simes, 2018
- Professor Michael Findlay, 2017
- Professor David Goldstein, 2016
- Mr Dan Kent, 2015
About John Zalcberg
Professor John Zalcberg OAM was a founder and past Chair of the Board of the AGITG. He served in the Chair role for over 18 years until May 2014.
He was the Director, Division of Cancer Medicine, at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia for 17 years prior to recently taking up the position of Professor of Cancer Research at Monash University.
After earning a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in cancer immunology, he served as Director of Medical Oncology at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and as Director of Cancer Services at the Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre.
He was a founder of the Lorne Cancer Conference and a past Board Member of Cancer Trials Australia. He is the current Co-Chair of the Cancer Drugs Alliance and Interim Chair of the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance. A past Board Member of the NSW Cancer Institute, past President of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia, and a past Member of the Consultative Council of the Victorian Cancer Agency, he has received a Medal of the Order of Australia Award (OAM), the 2011 Cancer Achievement Award from the Medical Oncology Group of Australia and is the recipient of the 2014 Tom Reeve Award awarded by the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia.
Professor Zalcberg’s clinical research interests include gastro-intestinal cancer and health care outcomes. He has published more than 230 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He was a Principal Investigator for the EORTC advanced GIST trial in Australia and continues an active involvement in trials in this disease as well as other GI cancers. He continues an active clinical practice in GI cancer.