The 20th Annual AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting was held from 30 October-2 November. At the Annual Scientific Meeting Dinner, awards were presented by the AGITG to individuals and organisations for their dedication to research and groundbreaking new concepts.
The AGITG awards presented were:
- The John Zalcberg OAM Award for Excellence in AGITG Research to Professor John Simes in recognition of his significant and outstanding leadership contribution to AGITG research. His involvement commenced in 1991 when the AGITG was a network of interested Investigators that came together to develop and conduct clinical the first trial in gastro-intestinal cancer, operating under the auspices of the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre at the University of Sydney. He was a founding member of the AGITG Board and has served on many committees.
- The AGITG Innovation Fund grant of $200,000 to Professor Janette Vardy and co-investigators for “Oxtox: Can Oxaliplatin dose reduction and neurotoxicity be reduced with ibudilast in people with metastatic colorectal cancer – a phase II randomised study”, award accepted by Dr Christina Teng.
- The Merck-AGITG Kristian Anderson Award to Dr Rosemary Habib, receiving one year’s funding for her PhD research project entitled “Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cells Targeting Colon Cancer”.
- Best New Concept Award to Dr Lorraine Chantrill for “A pilot feasibility and discovery study of neoadjuvant FOLFIRINOX followed by immunotherapy for resectable adenocarcinoma of the pancreas”.
- New Concept Runner-Up Award to Dr Wee Loon Ong for “Using the CancerAid® mobile app to collect toxicity and quality of life data to improve the efficiency of trial data collection”;
- Best Poster to Dr Belinda Lee for “Pancreatic Cancer: An analysis of ‘Real-World’ stent-related morbidity in the palliative setting”.
- Best Fast Forward Award to Dr Hui-Li Wong for “Biomarker testing and biomarker-directed treatment utilisation for metastatic colorectal cancer in Australian practice”.
- The AGITG 2018 Outstanding Site Award to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre.
More information on the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting is available here.
Image: John Simes giving his acceptance speech after being presented with the 2018 AGITG John Zalcberg OAM Award.