Message from Co-Convenors

We are delighted to invite you to Brisbane, in November 2024, for the 26th Annual Scientific Meeting.

This year’s Meeting theme, Thinking Outside the Box, will encourage delegates to think beyond traditional trial approaches and challenge the norm. As a follow on from our 2023 Meeting, Navigating Paths to Equity in GI Cancer Research, this year’s theme underscores the significance of equitable and diverse trials, encourages contributors and delegates to explore innovative trial designs, and aims to expand collaborations across diverse regions for greater global impact.

We look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Brisbane.

Prof Stephen Ackland & A/Prof Sina Vatandoust
2024 Meeting Co-Convenors

Testimonials

Alex Flynn
Calvary Mater Newcastle

Alex Flynn

The AGITG ASM is unparalleled in bringing together the leading GI researchers and stakeholders to analyse and pioneer GI research in our region. The 2023 theme was particularly uplifting in its aim to characterise how clinical trials might open a new way to combat inequality in cancer care – it was great to be a part of!

Clare Fischer
Newcastle Private Hospital

Clare Fischer

I would like to thank the AGITG for supporting my attendance at the ASM in Aotearoa in November 2023. The new presentation format was very inclusive and enjoyable, the sessions flowed easily and produced some great debates.

I was deeply moved by the beautiful Maori culture and the positive steps the country is taking to ensure equal access to healthcare and clinical trials. The phrase “No decisions about us without us” resonated with me highlighting the need to include all patients in decision about their healthcare. The two lovely Maori presenters who sang several times was truly memorable.

Being able to meet colleagues from different sites face to face was extremely beneficial and strengthened working relationships. I would not hesitate to recommend the AGITG ASM to all clinical trial researches regardless of level of research experience.

Lindah Chikazhe
Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Waikato

Lindah Chikazhe

Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Waikato

I am very grateful for the opportunity for attending the one day virtual presentation. I found that very informative and I gained some insight of how other trial centres are run. We are looking at starting tele trials and now we have some additional resources with potential contacts to help us.

I have also presented to the trials team a summary of the presentations, to which they were very responsive.

Dianne Elliott
Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre

Dianne Elliott

I attended the AGITG ASM from the 13th – 16th November 2023. I was lucky enough to receive a grant from AGIGT which really gave me with the opportunity to attend the AGIGT – ASM.

This was my first time at an AGIGT ASM as I am new to the research trial group. I was blown away with how many interesting topics and how well organised the whole conference was.

Huge days with breakfast at 7.15 and often full days. Although this was exhausting it was so interesting. I found the breakfast guest speakers very interesting and well worth getting up early to attend. The program during the days were very engaging and had speakers that catered to all aspects of clinical trials. I really loved that all participants at the ASM were asked to question why, how, and if they should be doing the research. Can we do it better? Can we reach more people? This was very thought provoking and well worth asking these questions.

The most impressive to me was the diversity in guest speakers which catered to all levels in Oncology Research. There really was something for everyone. I really like that there was personal consumer experience and a real sense of trying to change the way research is done, looking a rural and remote areas getting more opportunity to have access to research trial and in addition look at how we deliver our oncology treatment to better be targeted to the individual. More importantly looking at who and how the research can be delivered from the very early design of the trial process. I would have liked there to be more opportunity for clinical coordinators and nurses to attend these conferences as there is a real chance to have these meeting a truly multidisciplinary experience.

I was touched by how respectful and truly engaged the New Zealand speakers where regarding the indigenous lands and people. The format of the conference was well designed, the food and accommodation excellent. I would certainly recommend this to my colleagues and other research coordinators and once again that AGIGT for the opportunity to attend on grant as without that I would not have been able to have the experience of attending such a well-run and organised conference.

Carmel O’Kane
Wimmera Cancer Centre, VIC, Australia

Carmel O’Kane

Wimmera Cancer Centre, VIC, Australia

Attending the AGITG conference in Aotearoa was absolutely phenomenal. Being from a rural/regional centre is often challenging to stay in contact as much as we would like.

This conference combined the collaborations and learnings in the clinical field, which were excellent, however the cultural learnings that were shared by the New Zealand people about how they are working with the Maori was particularly interesting.

The workshop with Maori talking about how they have developed a culturally safe process for consulting with Maori patients that uses Maori language and processes, and some of the research that is happening in NZ that is directed by the local Maori families in collaboration with AGITG researchers is inspirational.

This opportunity is already having an influence in my own practice, rethinking what culturally safe patient centred care is really about and how I can make small changes that will continue to impact my patients.

As always at conference, the networking with colleagues and industry was also perfect and very enjoyable.

 

Libby Rea Brownlee
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Libby Rea Brownlee

University of Auckland, New Zealand

Christchurch’s Te Pae was a fitting venue for the AGITG ASM 2023 where themes of equity and sustainability featured prominently throughout the week. It was an excellent opportunity to hear from esteemed international clinicians on equity in clinical trials and access to care. Social events arranged throughout the week provided further opportunity to connect with oncology clinicians and nurse practitioners from Aotearoa and beyond.

Attending the ASM 2023 has inspired me to incorporate the Meihana Model into my own research and oncology nursing practice.

Dmitrii Shek
Western Sydney Local Health District and Western Sydney University

Dmitrii Shek

Western Sydney Local Health District and Western Sydney University, NSW Australia

I am delighted to share my profound gratitude for the opportunity to attend the AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting 2023 in Christchurch, New Zealand, facilitated by the AGITG Education Grant. This experience has undoubtedly improved my knowledge, skills, and network. The scientific program featured a diverse range of topics presented by top experts in the field, providing a comprehensive overview of the latest advancements and fostering a deeper understanding of the complexities of gastrointestinal cancers. The unique setting of Christchurch, with its breathtaking landscapes, added an extra layer of inspiration to the conference. The AGITG Education Grant enabled my attendance at this prestigious event. I extend my deepest appreciation to AGITG for the privilege of attending the Annual Scientific Meeting in Christchurch. The knowledge gained, connections forged, and experiences lived during this conference have undoubtedly enriched my professional journey and will continue to resonate in my work for years to come.

A/Prof Manisha Palta
Duke University School of Medicine, USA

A/Prof Manisha Palta

Duke University School of Medicine, USA

The AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting was nothing sort of exceptional. There is true multi-disciplinary integration with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, and the clinical trial portfolio of the AGITG is impressive. Attending this meeting was an excellent experience and I look forward to future opportunities to attend.