Program

The program for our 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting is now live! This year, we are excited to host many robust discussions around the research and findings of sarcoma in Australia and New Zealand as well as worldwide. 

Read the full program here.

Friday 10 November 2023

8:30am: Welcome and Opening Speaker

  • Dr. Grant Pang
  • Hon. Ged Kearney (Department Federal Minister Health)
  • Mr. Rob Krikori (KGFX Foundation consumer)

9:00am: Session 1 - IMPACTS OF INNOVATION

  • The Martin Tattersall Lecture: Beyond Lineage: The Contemporary Role of Molecular Immunohistochemistry in Sarcoma Diagnosis (Dr. Jason Hornick) 
  • Review of 20 years of innovation (Prof. Ajay Puri)
  • Proton XRT: Development of the Australian Bragg Centre (Dr. Michael Penniment)
  • Establishing a role for immunotherapy in sarcoma (Dr. Stephen Luen)
  • My patient has a newly defined sarcoma. Now what? (Panel Discussion)

10:45am MORNING TEA

11:10am: Session 2 - NEW SUBTYPES OF SMALL ROUND BLUE CELL SARCOMA AND THEIR CHALLENGES

  • From the Ashes of "Ewing-like" Sarcoma: A Pathologist's Perspective on Round Cell Sarcomas (Dr. Jason Hornick)
  • Beyond small, blue and round: molecular insights and potential therapeutic implications for Ewing sarcomas and related entities? (Dr. Emmy Fleuren)
  • How does adjuvant therapy dictate surgical margins? (Dr. Martin Lowe)
  • What have we learned about CIC-rearranged sarcomas (Dr. Elizabeth Connolly)
  • The Evolving Role of Radiotherapy for Paediatric Sarcomas With Advancements in Molecular Tumour Characterization and Targeted Therapies - How have we adapted? (Dr. Andrew Pullar)

12:25pm LUNCH

1:00pm: ANZSA Annual General Meeting (MEMBERS ONLY)

1:45pm: Session 3 - I WANT PEOPLE TO LEARN FROM MY CANCER: HOW PATIENTS DRIVEN DATA CAN INFLUENCE RESEARCH

  • Count Me In (Ms. Vivien Lau)
  • QUEST Study (Dr. Susie Bae)
  • PROMS following reconstruction (Dr. Philip Rowell)
  • SUN-SHINE Study (Georgia Halkett)
  • Ethics and Data utilization (Dr. Kelly Mercier)
  • Panel Discussion

3:00PM AFTERNOON TEA

3:15PM: Session 4 - WHAT'S NEW IN SARCOMA

  • Heritable risk in sarcoma (Dr. Mandy Ballinger)
  • Navigating our way to Robotics? What’s new in orthopaedic sarcoma surgery (Dr. Philip Rowell)
  • Making sense of the alphabet soup: an update on mesenchymal tumours with kinase fusions (Dr. Daniel Wong)
  • Standardising the Non-Standard - Developing Surgical Approaches for Retroperitoneal Tumours (Dr. David Coker)
  • Challenges of regional AYA sarcoma care: access to trials and models of care (Dr. Paola Kabalan Baeza)
  • Current hot radiation oncology topics in soft tissue and bone sarcomas (Dr. Frank Saran)
  • Updates in sarcoma – medical oncology (Dr. Yeh Chen Lee)
  • SELECTED ABSTRACT
    • Diagnostic activity in general practice prior to sarcoma diagnosis: Australian cohort study (Dr. Jeremy Lewin)

5:00PM: Poster Session and 15th Anniversary Event

6:00PM: END OF DAY

7:00PM: GALA DINNER - Taxi Kitchen


Saturday 11 November 2023

8:00AM - Boehringer Ingelheim Sponsored Breakfast Session

9:00AM - Session 4 (Continue) - SARCOMA OF THE YEAR - PEComa

  • The PEComa Family of Tumours: From Concept to Pathology to Targeted Therapy (Dr. Jason Hornick)
  • Lions, and Tigers, and Bears… Oh Myoid! (A/Prof. Fiona Maclean)
  • Natural history of retroperitoneal PEComa (Dr. David Gyorki)
  • Systemic therapies for PEComa (A/Prof. Peter Grimison)
  • A case of -omas. PEComa vs MELANoma (A/Prof. Alex Guminski, A/Prof. Fiona Maclean, Dr. Jason Hornick)

10:30AM MORNING TEA

10:45AM - Session 5 - FUTURE DIRECTIONS

  • The machines are not coming, they are already here! (A/Prof. Fiona Maclean)
  • Redefining palliation for sarcoma - unleashing the potential of ablative radiation for patient benefit (Dr. Sarat Chander)
  • The future of complex chemotherapy delivery in sarcoma- what have we learned from ANZSA MYTH study of an ambulatory delivery programme for AYAs (Dr. Elizabeth Connolly)
  • Treatment patterns and outcomes of Australian patients with abdominal, pelvic, and retroperitoneal soft tissue tumours (Dr. Madeleine Strach)
  • Targeting IL-23 from psoriasis to osteosarcoma (Dr. Maya Kansara)
  • SELECTED ABSTRACT
    • Developing Platelet Derived Growth Factor Receptor alpha-targeting antibody Olaratumab as a theranostic tool for diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue sarcomas (Dr. Alesia Ivashkevich)
  • SELECTED ABSTRACT
    • Intraoperative hydrogel-assisted delivery of immunotherapy reduces local recurrence in soft tissue sarcoma (A/Prof. Joost Lesterhuis)

12:10PM - THE GREAT DEBATE

  • Data and noise: Does clinical trial data reflect real life? (A/Prof. Peter Grimison vs Prof. Ajay Puri)
  • Evidence and Guidelines (A/Prof. Angela Hong)

12:35PM - SESSION 6: CASE STUDIES

  • Invited Lecture: A/Prof. Paul Stalley

1:05PM LUNCH

1:40PM - Session 7 - CARE FOR THE CLINICIAN

  • Intro to session and audience live survey (A/Prof. Fiona Maclean)
  • Burnout and the sarcoma clinician (Dr. Christina Arnold)
  • Cyber security: Hot tips (Mr. Michael Cheong)

2:40PM Session 8 - LESSON LEARNT - WHAT DOES THE DATA TELL US

  • Where do you go with everything you now know? (Panel Discussion)

2:50PM Session 9 - BEST OF THE BEST POSTER PRESENTATION

  • Top 5 Poster Presentations

3:00PM - MEETING CLOSE