Russell Conley CEO GI Cancer Institute

July 2019: An update from CEO Russell Conley

Dear Members,

Our first Idea Generation Workshop was held on 21 June. Ten research ideas were presented and discussed by the group. The workshop participants created Concept Development Groups to bring these ideas to the next stage of development. The day was a great success, thanks to the enthusiasm and engagement of everyone involved and the hard work of Convenors Professor Martin Stockler and Associate Professor Mustafa Khasraw.

One of the ideas, developed and presented by colon cancer survivors Brian Wall and Julie Marker, was the first research idea presented by consumers to an Australian Cooperative Trials Group. I congratulate Brian and Julie on this achievement and I look forward to seeing the progression of their concept and the nine others that were selected for discussion.

There is just over a month to go until our Annual Scientific Meeting. The ASM will be held from 21-23 August at Adelaide Convention Centre. This year the theme of the ASM program is “Challenging the enigmatic nature of gastro-intestinal cancers”. The updated program contains fascinating sessions from Invited Faculty and discussions on AGITG trials.

Submissions for all awards have now closed, but there is still time to register for the ASM – I hope to see you there. Thank you for your continued support of the AGITG.

Yours sincerely,
Russell Conley