Program details for the 26th AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting

*Times are listed as AEST. This program is subject to change.

Monday November 18, 2024

9:00am – 4:00pm
Study Coordinator Workshop
9:00am – 10:00am
Session 1 Advancing Clinical Trial Management: Best Practices, Governance and Accessibility 1. Welcome / Karakia
2. National Clinical Trials Governance Framework – Amy Ives 3. Initiating clinical trials at rural sites / Celebrating Regional, Rural and Remote (RRR) Sites – Kim Bate 4. Laying the Cornerstone for Tomorrow’s Research: Collection of Biospecimens within Clinical Trials – Sarah Hayes
10:00am – 10:25am
Morning Tea *
10:30am – 12:00pm
Session 2 Empowering Patient Voices: Enhancing Engagement and Access in Clinical Trials 1. Holistic approach to patient care – Milton Kirkwood (patient perspective) & Steve Ackland (clinician perspective)
2. Psychosocial support – Haryana Dhillon 3. Surveying trial participants – Natasha Roberts 4. What factors improve or impede the participation of First Nations people in clinical trials? How to reduce or remove barriers to access clinical trials? – Margaret Whitson 5. Panel Discussion
12:00pm – 12:55pm
Lunch *
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Session 3 Models of Care in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand 1. Teletrial model: What should it contain? What changes might it enable in the way trials are run? – Melanie Poxton 2. eConsent – Nik Zeps 3. He Ara Whiria – A unique model of care in Aotearoa New Zealand – Thomas Strickland 4. Evolving models of cancer care in Australia – Patsy Yates
2:00pm – 2:25pm
Afternoon Tea *
2:30pm – 4:00pm
Session 4 Strengthening Collaboration: PI-Study Coordinator Engagement, Mentorship, and Career Pathways 1. Engagement of the PIs with the study coordinators / Mentorship available from primary sites to satellite sites – Amy Ives 2. Panel discussion – Looking at the positive experiences, challenges, and difficult experiences that study coordinators may face in their roles / Career pathways / Tools and opportunities available for new study coordinators at rural sites
8:00am – 2:00pm
Surgical Workshop
8:00am – 9:30am
Session 1 Pancreatic Cancer Pioneers – Emerging Approaches 1. Arterial resection / Divestment for pancreatic cancer / Borderline regimen – Matthew Katz 2. SBRT in pancreatic cancer / My experience, my successes and tips – Dominique Lee 3. Robotic pancreas / My approach to pancreatic cancer and tumours, robot lap, when do I go open – David Cavallucci
9:30am – 9:45am
Break *
9:45am – 11:00am
Session 2 Colorectal Liver Mets – Many Tools in the Box 1. Mets or primaries: What do we do? / Case for colorectal first – Rodrigo Perez 2. Treatment options / How have things changed / Case for liver first – Matthew Katz 3. All different modalities to prolong the lives of patients with stage IV chronic disease – Nicholas Brown
11:00am – 11:25am
Morning Tea *
11:30am – 1:00pm
Session 3 Colorectal Cancer 1. Immunotherapy / TNT / Operate or Watch ‘n’ wait – When? How to do it? – Rodrigo Perez 2. Hostile abdomen & The difficult pelvis: Tips & tricks – Craig Harris 3. Robotic colorectal surgery: Are we making it easier or harder – Carina Chow 4. Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy / Stents – Rules and tips / Changing practice and utility – David Clark
1:00pm – 1:55pm
Lunch *
2:00pm – 5:30pm
Surgical Concept & Research Development Workshop
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Session 1 Pancreatic cancer 1. Concept Review 2. Tips and tricks in surgery – Matthew Katz 3. Experience with long term survivors with just radiation therapy – Dominique Lee
3:30pm – 3:55pm
Afternoon Tea *
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Session 2 Colorectal Cancer 1. Concept Review 2. Integrating clinical data with translational research – Simon Wilkins 3. Metastatic organoids – Translational Scientist
9:30am – 4:30pm
Integrated Oncology Workshop
9:30am – 11:00am
Session 1 Practical Trial Design 1. Introduction to AGITG & collaborative clinical trial framework – Lorraine Chantrill 2. AGITG’s point of difference – Nisha Berthon-Jones 3. Developing research through AGITG – Louise Christophersen 4. Leading the way in creating equitable and inclusive access to AGITG clinical trials – Louise Christophersen 5. PemOla – An example of a successful trial under the AGITG framework – Dan Croagh 6. How to embed TR into concepts early to assist with study design – Vicki Whitehall 7. Ensuring Excellence in Clinical Trials: The Value of GCP, Quality Assurance, and Lessons from Compliance Challenges – Amy Bruce
11:00am – 11:25am
Morning Tea *
11:30am – 1:00pm
Session 2 Practical Trial Design (Cont.) 1. Designing radiation oncology trials in randomised setting / Imaging-based research – Trevor Leong 2. The importance of considering radiology in trial design – Manil Chouhan 3. The importance of considering the following factors in clinical trial design:
   a. Statistics – Christopher Oldmeadow, HMRI
   b. QoL/PROMS – CQUEST
   c. Health economics – CREST
   d. Medical Monitoring and Pharmacovigilance – John Mak
4. Panel Discussion
1:00pm – 1:55pm
Lunch *
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Session 3 MDT Workshop – Colorectal Cancer 1. MDT Case with Panel Discussion 2. How can the microbiome be incorporated into MDT discussions regarding treatment pathways? Is the microbiome useful when deciding on the use of immunotherapies? – Cynthia Sears
3:00pm – 3:25pm
Afternoon Tea *
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Session 4 MDT Workshop – Oesophageal Cancer 1. MDT Case with Panel Discussion 2. Radiomics – David Chan

Tuesday November 19, 2024

7:45am – 9:00am

Plaza Terrace Room

Welcome Breakfast Session


1. Welcome from ASM Convenor – Sina Vatandoust
2. Welcome to Country – Turrbal Community Member
3. Welcome from AGITG Board Chair – Lorraine Chantrill
4. Keynote presentation by Gail Garvey
5. Panel discussion – Challenges First Nations patients face in accessing clinical trials

9:15am – 10:15am

Boulevard Auditorium

Session 1 – Opening Plenary


1. Lower GI Medical Oncology Keynote by Deborah Schrag
2. AGITG contribution in history and in the future – Tim Price

10:15am – 10:40am

Boulevard Room

Morning Tea

10:45am – 11:55am
Session 2
Attendees will be able to choose one session to attend.
10:45am – 11:55am Boulevard Auditorium
Session 2.1 Lower GI Trials Updates and Best of Posters Presentations 1. Lower GI Trials (Early) – Updates
   a. ASCOLT TR
   b. OXTOX
   c. Neo-POLEM
2. Best of Posters Presentations
10:45am – 11:55am Boulevard 1-2
Session 2.2 Upper GI Surgical Session (Biliary Tract Cancer) 1. Mutations and targeted therapies in the setting of intrahepatic cholangios – Matthew Katz 2. Localised bile duct resection vs. extensive resection – Lawrence Yuen 3. Thoughts on my biliary research progress – Dan Croagh 4. Panel Discussion
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Special Interest Sessions
Attendees will be able to choose one session to attend.
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Sponsored by Pierre Fabre Management of BRAFV600E-mutant metastatic colorectal cancer through the Australian lens
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Sponsored by Bayer Precision oncology in metastatic colorectal cancer

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Boulevard Room

Lunch

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Boulevard Room

Poster Walkaround and Discussion Session

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Boulevard Auditorium

Session 3


1. Lower GI Surgical Keynote by Rodrigo Perez
2. Lower GI Trials (Advanced) – Updates
   a. MONARCC
   b. VADER
   c. RESOLUTE
   d. BIOMARCER-2

3:30pm – 3:55pm

Boulevard Room

Afternoon Tea

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Boulevard Auditorium

Session 4 – Lower GI MDT Discussion

5:30pm – 7:00pm
Social Functions
5:30pm – 7:00pm Boulevard Room
Welcome Reception When the afternoon session ends, please join us in the Exhibition Hall, Boulevard Room, for the Welcome Reception. Enjoy drinks and canapes while networking with the ASM sponsors and your fellow delegates, before venturing out into Brisbane to catch up with your colleagues and friends.
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Ask the Professor A casual Q&A session aiming to enhance networking opportunities and discuss careers-related topics with the experts.

Wednesday November 20, 2024

7:45am – 9:00am

Plaza Terrace Room

Keynote Breakfast Session


1. Microbial Sleuthing in CRC: What have we learned? – Cynthia Sears
2. Microbiome in Australia – Oliver Sieber

9:15am – 10:15am

Boulevard Auditorium

Session 1 – Therapeutic Opportunity? The Tumour Ecosystem


Micro-environment – Thomas Cox, Susan Woods and Dan Worthley

10:15am – 10:40am

Boulevard Room

Morning Tea

10:45am – 11:55pm

Boulevard Auditorium

Session 2


1. Radiation Oncology Keynote by Cihan Gani
2. Upper GI Trials (Early/Cholangio) – Updates
   a. STOPNET
   b. ACME ABC
   c. BIL-PPP

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Special Interest Sessions
Attendees will be able to choose one session to attend.
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Sponsored by AstraZeneca HIMALAYA trial in HCC
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Sponsored by BMS Oesophagogastric treatments now and into the future, moving towards biomarker-informed and individualised care

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Boulevard Room

Lunch

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Poster Walkaround and Discussion Session

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Boulevard Auditorium

Session 3 – New Concepts Symposium


The New Concepts Symposium is designed as a novel way to reach out to a wider spectrum of the group. This session provides an opportunity for delegates to present embryonic new concepts for feedback and discussion with the audience, as well as comments from invited faculty in terms of perspective and international interest.

3:30pm – 3:55pm

Boulevard Room

Afternoon Tea

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Boulevard Auditorium

Session 4 – Upper GI MDT Discussion

6:30pm – 7:00pm

Plaza Terrace Foyer

Pre Dinner Drinks

7:00pm – 11:00pm

Plaza Terrace Room

Gala Dinner

Thursday November 21, 2024

7:45am – 9:15am
Keynote Breakfast Sessions
Attendees will be able to choose one session to attend.
7:45am – 9:15am
Breakfast 1 Combined Medical Oncology and Translational Research Session 1. How to treat peritoneal metastasis from clinical aspect – Deborah Schrag 2. Collecting tissue from patients and using drug screen and organoid to inform what treatment should be given to patients – Nick Clemons
7:45am – 9:15am
Breakfast 2 Radiation Oncology Session 1. How to use MR LINAC to its fullest potential? – Cihan Gani 2. Preliminary update on TOPGEAR – Trevor Leong
7:45am – 9:15am
Breakfast 3 Surgical Session – Tips, Tricks and Personal Perspectives from the Masters 1. Career journey / Tips and tricks in surgery, research, and life – Matthew Katz 2. Socioeconomic situation in hospital system – Rodrigo Perez

9:30am – 11:00am

Boulevard Auditorium

Session 1


1. Upper GI Surgical Keynote by Matthew Katz
2. Upper GI Trials (Advanced) – Updates
   a. NEO-IMPACT
   b. MASTERPLAN, Microbiome, RANDOMS
   c. ASCEND
   d. PemOla

11:00am – 11:25am

Boulevard Room

Morning Tea

11:30am – 1:00pm

Boulevard Auditorium

Session 2


1. Upper GI Medical Oncology Keynote by Han Chong Toh
2. Upper GI Trials (Advanced) – Updates
   a. MR STAR
   b. PALEO
   c. INTEGRATE IIa/b

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Boulevard Room

Lunch

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Boulevard Room

Poster Walkaround and Discussion Session

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Boulevard Auditorium

Session 3 – Closing Plenary


1. International Trial Landscape & Gaps – Deborah Schrag and Han Chong Toh
2. Panel discussion (Future AGITG global collaborations) – International Invited Faculty and AGITG Leaders
3. Closing Remarks – Lorraine Chantrill

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