Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Research Conference 2019

The Next Wave in Cancer Research
16 – 17 September 2019, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Victoria

Key Dates

Early bird registration closes: Tuesday 16 July 2019
Early bird registration has been extended now closing Wednesday 31 July
Conference Dates: 16-17 September 2019

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Abstract submission

Abstract submissions are now closed!
Authors notified: Tuesday 9 July
Accepted authors to accept: Tuesday 16 July
Speakers to be registered: Tuesday 16 July


The Next Wave in Cancer Research

#VCCCcon19 will bring together some of the best minds, best ideas and latest research in a dynamic and thought-provoking conference. Please join us as we explore, discover, debate and discuss the hot topics in cancer research from myriad angles. This is a conference that will spark ideas and collaborations that will live well beyond the event itself.

The VCCC is a powerful alliance of 10 leading research, academic and clinical institutions working together to accelerate and amplify leading-edge cancer research, knowledge and expertise to benefit the Victorian community.

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  • Are Victoria’s excellent outcomes for cancer patients a result of good luck or good management?
  • What’s on the next wave of immunotherapy research?
  • How are the hallmarks of cancer shaping cancer treatment now?
  • How can new digital and AI technologies be used to empower patients?

These are just some of the big questions our line-up of national and international speakers will be tackling at the VCCC Research Conference 2019.

#VCCCcon19 will showcase emerging and high-potential research directions that touch on a broad range of topics with a multi-disciplinary deep dive into key areas including:

  • Cancer prevention and eradication
  • Precision oncology
  • Immunotherapy
  • Next wave technology
  • Supportive care, wellness and survivorship
  • Empowering the consumer
  • Novel treatments

Hosted at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, the two-day event will feature a stellar line up of international and national speakers. We are thrilled to announce some of our confirmed speakers:

  • Olivia Newton-John, Founding Champion of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre
  • Professor Doug Hanahan, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Professor Sanchia Aranda AM, Cancer Council Australia
  • Professor Steve Baylin, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
  • Professor Andrea Maier, The Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Professor Thomas Merchant, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, USA
  • Professor Afaf Girgis, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Sean Grimmond, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Sherene Loi, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

As the leading bio-medical city in the southern hemisphere Melbourne is uniquely placed to host a cancer conference of this calibre. It will be a showcase of the research strengths of VCCC member organisations and other leading cancer research and care institutions from Australia and overseas. If you are a cancer researcher, clinician, nurse, allied health professional, educator or consumer advocate, or have an interest in cutting edge cancer research, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity.

We look forward to welcoming you.



  • Associate Professor Kate Burbury, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and The Royal Melbourne Hospital 
  • Professor John Mariadason, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute

Committee Members:

  • Professor Grant McArthur, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • Dr Yasmin Jayasinghe, Royal Women’s Hospital
  • Dr Lisa Mielke, Olivia Newton John Cancer Research Institute
  • Professor Maarten Ijzerman, University of Melbourne
  • Ms Sophy Athan, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Cancer Consumer Advisory Committee
  • Dr Michael Sullivan, Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Professor Mei Krishnasamy, University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Carl Walkley, St Vincent’s Institute Medical Research
  • Dr Dishan Herath, Western Health
  • Professor Peter Gibbs, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
  • Ms Samantha Wright, Consumer
  • Professor Ricky Johnstone, Peter McCallum Cancer Center
  • Professor John Silke, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
  • Associate Professor Jeanne Tie, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Associate Professor Paul Ekert, Lowy Cancer Research Centre

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