Community Forum

Thursday 4 May 2023
2:00pm – 5:00pm

We were excited to bring our brain cancer community together to share our innovative strategy along with updates from our collaborative partners, leading research institutes, hospitals, universities & brain cancer experts.

If you weren’t able to join us, you can catch up on the presentation recordings here:

Welcome & Overview of The Brain Cancer Centre
Professor Doug Hilton AO, Director WEHI

The Brain Cancer Centre 18 months on…
Sam McGuane, General Manager, The Brain Cancer Centre

World first clinical trial Brain POP
Dr Jim Whittle, Laboratory Head, WEHI
& Medical Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Patient reflection
Toby Ewert, brain cancer patient

Researcher reflection
Associate Professor Misty Jenkins, Laboratory Head, WEHI

Brain Tumours Online
Dr Heidi McAlpine, Neurosurgery Trainee, The Royal Melbourne Hospital &
PhD Candidate, The Florey Institute​

Virtual Laboratory Tour
Dr Sarah Best, Laboratory Head, WEHI

The Greg Lange Fellowship

Highlighting early career research talent
Dr Zachery Moore, Research Officer, The Brain Cancer Centre

Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A
Dr Sarah Best, Toby Ewert, Dr Saskia Freytag, Dr Misty Jenkins, Dr Heidi McAlpine, Dr Zachery Moore, Dr Jim Whittle

2022 National Conference

If you missed last year, catch up on all the 2022 content here:

Welcome with Sam McGuane

Welcome message from Carrie Bickmore

Welcome message from Professor Doug Hilton

Welcome message from The Hon Jaala Pulford, MP

The Brain Cancer Centre Research Laboratory, a new model of team science with Dr Jim Whittle, Dr Saskia Freytag & Dr Sarah Best

PhD Presentation Dr Diane Moujalled, A new approach to glioblastoma multiforme therapy: activating multiple programmed cell death pathways

PhD presentation – Dr Heidi McApline – Dangerous networking: brain cancer and the brain

Panel Discussion: Our Research Strategy. Professor Kate Drummond, Professor Mark Rosenthal, Associate Professor Misty Jenkins, Dr Jim Whittle, Associate Professor Joseph Nicolazzo & Professor Peter Gibbs

Patient Story: Amy & Jason Stephenson share Lachie’s story

The Brain Cancer Centre: Many Minds One Focus

If you’d like further information, or have any questions about any of the content, please email

The Brain Cancer Centre was founded by Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer and established in partnership with WEHI with support from the Victorian Government.