National Conference

Friday 6 May 2022
2:30pm – 5:00pm

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

About This Event

Please join us for The Brain Cancer Centre’s inaugural national conference.

Friday 6 May 2022
2:30pm – 5:00pm


This hybrid event can be attended in-person at WEHI (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research) in Parkville or viewed online.

Be the first to hear from our brain cancer experts about the exciting research projects we’re funding and are currently underway.

Register To Attend
2:00pm In person event attendees arrival and registration
2:30pm Welcome message from Carrie Bickmore
Overview of The Brain Cancer Centre with Professor Doug Hilton
The Hon. Jaala Pulford MP, Minister for Innovation, Medical Research & the Digital Economy
2:45pm The Brain Cancer Centre Research Laboratory: a new model of team science with Dr Jim Whittle, Dr Saskia Freytag and Dr Sarah Best
3:15pm PhD / Post Doc Presentation
Dr. Diane Moujalled
A new approach to glioblastoma multiforme therapy: activating multiple programmed cell death pathways
Dr. Heidi McAlpine
Dangerous networking: brain cancer and the brain
3:50pm Afternoon Tea
4:10pm 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
4:45pm Patient story: Amy & Jason Stephenson share Lachie’s story

Special Guests

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

Event Information

Registration is free and includes afternoon tea for in-person attendees.

Registrations close for in-person attendees at 12pm (AEST) Thursday 5 May and for online attendees at 2pm (AEST) Friday 6 May.

For all event enquiries please contact Jodie Hemingway on

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.

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