Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) is the focal point for widespread discussion of research ideas. The SAC plays a pivotal role in the AGITG, determining the research priorities and driving the research strategy. The SAC is also responsible for prioritising projects for resource allocation and providing additional scientific review to support the Working Parties.

The committee is drawn from our multi-disciplinary membership with experts in the fields of medical oncology, surgery, radiation oncology, biological research, quality of life research, statistics and study coordination. We also have community representatives with lived GI cancer experience who bring invaluable insights to our research.

Through the leadership of SAC Chair Professor Chris Karapetis, the committee’s open dialogue had led to the development of a common language, interaction and commitment to trials. SAC meetings foster a spirit of collaboration between a diverse group of people who share a common goal: to improve patient care through GI cancer clinical trials.

The SAC is elected in accordance with the AGITG Constitution. View the SAC Terms of Reference. EOIs to join the SAC are shared openly with the AGITG membership as and when current members reach the end of their tenure.

Meet our SAC members



Professor Chris Karapetis
Medical Oncologist 

Deputy Chair

Dr Dan Croagh
Surgeon (Hepato-Pancreo-Biliary)


Dr Corina Behrenbruch

Dr Norma Bulamu
Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics

Jeff Cuff
Chair, Community Advisory Panel

Associate Professor Connie Diakos
Medical Oncologist

Professor Jacob George

Dr Lauren Hanna
Accredited Practising Dietitian

Milton Kirkwood
Deputy Chair, Community Advisory Panel

Professor Andrew Kneebone
Radiation Oncologist

Professor Trevor Leong
Radiation Oncologist

Professor Rachel Neale

Associate Professor Marina Pajic
Translational Researcher

Associate Professor Tracy Putoczki
Translational Scientist

Associate Professor Liang Qiao

Professor Robert Ramsay
Translational Scientist

Associate Professor Amitesh Roy
Medical Oncologist

Associate Professor Charbel Sandroussi

Professor Jeanne Tie
Medical Oncologist/Translational Clinician

Associate Professor Amany Zekry