, Celebrating and bringing radiation medicine research to the forefront at our 2022 ASM, TROG Cancer Research

Celebrating and bringing radiation medicine research to the forefront at our 2022 ASM

After a hiatus from in-person events due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was great to come together for our in-person 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting on the Gold Coast.

Hosted at the RACV Royal Pines Resort from 30 June to 3 July, our theme was ‘Emerging and Evolving’ and the line-up of industry-leading speakers and workshops matched the brief.

We would like to sincerely thank Co-Convenors, Associate Professor Sid Baxi, Ms Hayley Brennan and Mr David Willis for their commitment to bringing life and laughter to our TROG 2022 ASM.

This was also made possible by the organisation and event coordination provided by the team at Encanta Event Management. This was the first time their team hosted the event in-person, and it was great to see all their groundwork come to fruition.

In addition, we recognise the hard work of our Organising and Program Committees, who helped to orchestrate a seamless ASM event featuring insights from leaders in radiation medicine.

Across the four-day event, we were honoured to hear from over 80 speakers from Australia, New Zealand and further abroad about the ever-evolving landscape of cancer research and radiation medicine, clinical trial developments, quality assurance techniques, advancements in technology, and so much more.

Among the list of speakers, we got to hear from Dr Wally Curran (USA), Dr Michelle Wilson (Auckland), Professor Dorothy Keefe (Australia), Dr Amar Kishan (USA), Associate Professor Kate Burbury (Australia), Dr Madhavi Chilkuri (Australia) + more!

We are very appreciative of all our speakers who joined our event, virtually or in-person, from all corners of the world to share their work and developments in radiation medicine.

In addition to our workshops and plenary sessions, we had vast opportunities to network and connect with colleagues and other industry professionals while learning more about the work of our exhibitors and sponsors.

Our 2022 Exhibitors & Sponsors

If it weren’t for our generous exhibitors and sponsors, we wouldn’t have been able to host another ASM of this magnitude. We thank you for your commitment and support and hope that you come on board again to support us in 2023.

Coordinated with the assistance of our marketing team, we ran a series of fundraising activities throughout our ASM. This was a first for our ASM and the activities included a Mystery Wine Fundraiser and 100 Club Raffle.

We are delighted to announce that these fundraisers raised $3100 for TROG Cancer Research. Our team is beyond appreciative to those who got involved and we look forward to running more of these activities at future ASM events.

Our marketing team also coordinated a range of videos and photos throughout the event.

Our Gala Dinner, ‘Gold on the Gold Coast’.

At our ‘Gold on the Gold Coast’ themed Gala Dinner, we were able to recognise the achievements of our team and cancer research community for their hard work and commitment to cancer research.

Our Gala Dinner was also the perfect opportunity for us to announce that over our 30 + year history, we have now recruited 15,000 trial participants. This is a huge achievement for our organisation, and this is a testament to the hard work of our collaborating hospitals, research centres, TCOO team and the wide range of health professionals who work across our trials.

TROG Staff Service Awards

Rebecca Montgomery

Research Development Leader – awarded 10-year Service Award

Renee Swanson

Research Services Manager – awarded 5-year Service Award

Phillip Tingle

Clinical Trial Assistant- awarded 5-year Service Award

Clinical Research Education Workshop Attendance Grants

(Sponsored by ICON Cancer Centre)

Michael Holt

Clinical Trial Coordinator, Calvary Mater Newcastle

Robin Smith

Research Manager, The Alfred Hospital

Technical Research Workshop Attendance Grants

(Sponsored by Varian)

Jenna Dean

Senior Research Radiation Therapist, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre

Nick Hardcastle

Medical Physicist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Lois Holloway

Research Physicist, Liverpool Hospital

Melissa Martel

Research Radiation Therapist, Auckland District Health Board

Rob McDowall

Radiation Therapist Consultant-planning, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital

Scott Penfold

Lead Medical Physicist, Australian Bragg Centre For Proton Therapy & Research

Sirisha Tadimalla

Postdoctoral Research Associate, The University Of Sydney

David Taylor

Senior Physicist / Clinical Project Physicist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Thank you to our participants!

Lastly, but certainly not least, we are so appreciative of all the over 270 participants who came to our 2022 ASM. We hope you all enjoyed coming back together for our in-person event and gained a lot of valuable insight from our range of speakers and hosted workshops.

Our team is already looking forward to our 2023 ASM, which we are excited to announce will be hosted in Adelaide, South Australia.

We cannot wait to provide some dates for you to lock in soon – so keep your eyes peeled for more information.