The day will encompass the Cancer Symptom Trials (CST) Inaugural Research Forum in the morning, and the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) 10th Annual Research Forum in the afternoon. Registrants can choose to attend either the CST or PaCCSC Forum, or the full day including both Research Forums at a discounted rate.
Registration includes all catering and program materials, as well as the optional Networking Function taking place at the close of presentations.
Expressions of Interest and Abstract Submissions are OPEN to present orally or with a poster in 2019.
Oral presentation places are very limited and priority will be given to new study proposals. Posters are encouraged and will be placed prominently in the break area to maximise visibility and interaction. Please see below for abstract submission guidelines and templates.
Professor Bogda Koczwara
Director Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, Flinders University
Professor Christine Jenkins
George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney
Professor Anna Nowak
University of Western Australia and Chair of the CoOperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology
The 9th PaCCSC Annual Research Forum was held on Tuesday 27th February 2018 at the Aerial Function Centre, UTS.
This year the program included several new items from previous years, including poster viewing at break times submitted by PaCCSC members; brief presentations from the chairs of the new Symptom Node Subcommittees to update and summarise the work being undertaken; and two invited speakers – Professor Matthew Kiernan and Tanya Symons. Both invited speakers brought insights from different areas of research – Professor Kiernan from neurosciences and Motor Neurone Disease; and Tanya Symons from Good Clinical Practise and trial strategy. The results of the Sertraline vs Placebo for breathlessness, Megestrol vs Dexamethasone vs Placebo for anorexia, and Methotrimeprazine vs Haloperidol for Nausea (Nausea Study 3) studies were presented during the morning sessions; and three new study proposals were presented in the afternoon sessions. The new studies were subject to an evaluation by members of the Trials Management Committee to determine PaCCSC support going forward.
The varied program paired with longer breaks for networking was a great success, and helped achieve collaboration and honest discussion among peers from around Australia, Japan and New Zealand. Again we welcomed guests from the Japanese Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (JORTC) and J-SUPPORT. This relationship continues to grow from year to year. At the close of presentations networking and refreshments were enjoyed in the bar and balcony area overlooking the Sydney skyline.
As a member-based organisation, PaCCSC welcomes those who are active researchers as well as those who have an interest in building evidence and the quality of the care we offer. Each year in March, PaCCSC holds a Forum to bring together clinical researchers in palliative care to look at current research being done in the field. The Forum is an open and honest space and a great place to network, share and promote clinical research in palliative care. It provides attendees with a chance to engage with like‐minded clinical research professionals, learn about new studies and uncover what members of PaCCSC have discovered over the past year.
The program typically includes:
- ‘My clinical trials experience: the good, the bad and the ugly’ - A guest speaker gives a personal account about the ins and outs of a clinical trial
- For new study ideas/proposals, presenters are asked to complete a template and present their idea. All new study proposals are evaluated by the PaCCSC Trials Management Committee to assist in the determination of the Collaborative supporting the study. Please see the Standard Operating Procedures for New Study Ideas (PDF) for more information.
Note: In order to protect the intellectual property of members and contributors during this even all attendees are required to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to their attendance.
The PaCCSC Forum is an excellent opportunity to discuss the outcomes of the research undertaken by PaCCSC and future directions for the Collaborative. - Dr John Primrose
The PaCCSC 7th Annual Research Forum was held on Thursday 3 March 2016 at the Rydges Hotel Sydney International Airport. The Main Presentation Day on 3 March included our Guest Speaker Professor Miriam Johnson of Hull York Medical School, new study proposals and member presentations.
The forum goes from strength to strength each year. It was excellent to see the exponential learnings across the clinical trials teams and the innovative research being undertaken. The most striking feature of the forum was the spirit of collaboration, lots of new faces and willingness to share ideas. - Prof Meera Agar
For more information on the next PaCCSC Annual Research Forum please contact:
+61 (2) 9514 4862 or (8) 8275 1926