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Brain Cancer Symposium

Save the date for: Kids Cancer Alliance - Brain Cancer Symposium

Friday 18 August, 2017

Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney


Kids Cancer Alliance (KCA) warmly invites you to our Brain Cancer Symposium.
This full-day symposium will feature the latest developments in pre-clinical and clinical research.


Frank Winkler, Professor of Experimental Neuro-oncology, Department of Neuro-oncology, University of Heidelberg, and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ),Heidelberg, Germany.

-         "Gliomas as Malignant Organs: New Insights into Brain Tumor Progression and Therapy Resistance".


Mark Kieran, Director, Pediatric Medical Neuro-Oncology, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, USA.

-         “Biology Driven Treatment and Re-Classification of Gliomas in the Era of Precision Medicine”

Plus local and interstate experts.

Topics to be addressed: A comprehensive clinical overview, preclinical therapies, genomics and novel genes, translational and personalised medicine, neuro-oncology, neuropsychology, education & social outcomes. And we will dare to finally answer the question – do mobile phones cause brain tumours?


Registration is FREE to all conducting research in this field.

Places are limited – to register reply with your full name, email, and name of your primary institution.


For more details please contact Dr Michael Evtushenko <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

NSW Government. Cancer Institute NSW




KCA is a Translational Cancer Research Centre funded by Cancer Institute New South Wales


KCA Leukaemia Symposium

Leukaemia Symposium – register now!

The Kids Cancer Alliance is pleased to be hosting another international symposium this year, this time focusing on the latest developments in pre-clinical and clinical leukaemia research around the world.

KCA Leukaemia Symposium
Friday 28 August 2015
New Law School Lecture Theatre 026, University of Sydney

Being offered FREE to all KCA members and their students, as well as to translational researchers working in the leukaemia field*, this full-day event promises to be a great opportunity for learning and sharing.

International speakers include:

- C Michel Zwaan, Head of Paediatric Oncology, Erasmus MC-Sophia, The Netherlands
- Stephan A Grupp, Director Translational Research, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Several Australian experts will also be addressing the meeting.

Places are limited - register now. Contact Michael Evtushenko, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

* Conditions apply


2015 KCA scholarships – open now!

Four KCA ‘PhD Top-up’ scholarships are now on offer. Worth $18,000 each, the scholarships are open to all KCA students enrolled at the University of Sydney or University of NSW.

New applicants, as well as successful and unsuccessful applicants from previous rounds, are encouraged to apply (conditions apply – see application form).

Applications will stay open until end April.

For more information, please contact Michael Evtushenko; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Success at Premier’s Awards

We were thrilled to see three KCA researchers recognised for their work at the recent CINSW Premier’s Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research.

The top accolade, Outstanding Cancer Researcher of the Year, went to Professor Michelle Haber AM, Executive Director of Children’s Cancer Institute, for her work on drug discovery and personalised medicine for children with cancer.

Dr Claire Wakefield was awarded Outstanding Cancer Research Fellow of the Year, for her research into managing the impact of paediatric cancer on families, while Ursula Sansom-Daly was awarded the 'Rising Star' PhD Award for her pioneering research and development of novel tools in the field of adolescent and young adult psycho-oncology.

Congratulations to Prof Michelle Haber (centre), Ursula Sansom-Daly (left) and Dr Claire Wakefield.

Congratulations to Prof Michelle Haber (centre), Ursula Sansom-Daly (left) and Dr Claire Wakefield.


Personalised Medicine workshop

Following the success of our ‘Biospecimens in Paediatric Cancer Research’ event, Kids Cancer Alliance recently held another workshop with an excellent program, this time with the theme of personalised medicine in paediatric cancer.

Held at the University of Sydney in December 2014, the event was split into two sessions, one on proof-of-principle studies, and one on clinical aspects.

Well done to Dr Jamie Fletcher for organising this outstanding event, and our thanks to all who attended.

Scott Cohen presents at the KCA workshop


Cancer Biobanks website launched

The Cancer Institute NSW Biobanking Stakeholder Network (BSN) has launched a new website for the biobanking community to share biobank details, events and resources:

The website was designed as part of a BSN project awarded to the Kids Cancer Alliance that aims to improve biospecimen quality within cancer biobanks in NSW. As well as providing information on upcoming biobanking events, the website also tables all cancer biobanking facilities in the state, and provides links to many biobanking websites and peer-reviewed resources.

If you have an interest in biobanking, cancer research or other related disciplines, make sure to visit the website regularly for current information on NSW cancer biobanks, broad biobanking resources, and relevant events.


KCA symposium - 19 June 2014

KCA is pleased to be hosting a special symposium at this year’s ANZCHOG Annual Scientific Meeting, 18-21 June in Sydney.

The ‘KCA Translational Research Symposium’ will be a full day event, held Thursday 19 June.