National Conference

We recently held The Brain Cancer Centre’s inaugural National Conference. We’re so excited to have been able to bring our brain cancer community together to share our strategy and showcase our people.

Many Minds. One Focus:
Helping end brain cancer as a terminal illness

An incredibly exciting day full of insightful and inspiring conversation from our research partners, collaborators and brain cancer experts.

Our guest speakers included:

Carrie Bickmore OAM
Founder and Chair, Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer

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Professor Doug Hilton AO
Director, WEHI and Head, The Brain Cancer Centre

Sam McGuane
General Manager, The Brain Cancer Centre

The Hon. Jaala Pulford MP
Minister for Innovation, Medical Research & the Digital Economy

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Dr Jim Whittle
Laboratory Head, The Brain Cancer Centre, Medical Oncologist Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

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Dr Sarah Best
Laboratory Head, The Brain Cancer Centre

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Dr Saskia Freytag
Laboratory Head, The Brain Cancer Centre

Associate Professor Misty Jenkins
Laboratory Head WEHI

Professor Mark Rosenthal
Director of Parkville Cancer Clinical Trials, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Professor Kate Drummond
Director of Neurosurgery, The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Associate Professor Joseph Nicolazzo
Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate Research, Monash University

Professor Peter Gibbs
Joint Division Head, WEHI

Dr Diane Moujalled
Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Heidi McAlpine
Neurosurgery Registrar, The Royal Melbourne Hospital and PhD student, University of Melbourne

Lachie Stephenson
His family share his brain cancer journey

If you missed the conference, you can catch up on the presentation videos 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

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