The Organising Committee for the Victorian Integrated Cancer Services VICS 2017 conference are pleased to announce the following Keynote Speakers:


Professor Geoff Porter
Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Geoff Porter Photo UPDATED_smallDr. Porter is currently a Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He holds the Gibran and Jamie Ramia Chair in Surgical Oncology Research and also serves as Director of the Cancer Outcomes Research Unit at Dalhousie.   In addition, Dr. Porter is the Expert Lead, Clinical Care at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), Canada’s national cancer control organization.    He has served in many other administrative roles, including as the Head of the Cancer Care Program in Halifax, as well as the Chair of Surgical Quality Control for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG).   His research interests are broadly categorized as cancer health services research related with a specific focus on cancer surgery, as well as knowledge translation strategies targeting improved quality of cancer care at a population level.

Dr. Porter began his post-secondary studies in 1986 at Queen’s University, graduating with a degree in medicine in 1992.  From Queen’s University, Dr. Porter attended the University of Alberta where he received a Master’s in Medical Sciences (epidemiology) in 1996 and completed a five-year residency in General Surgery in 1998. He came to the Department of Surgery at Dalhousie University in 2000 after completing a two-year fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Click here to view Geoff Porter’s First Presentation from the Conference.
Click here to view Geoff Porter’s Second Presentation from the Conference.

Professor Eva Grunfeld
Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada. 

Eva Grunfeld Photo_smallProfessor Eva Grunfeld is a physician scientist at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Health Services Research Program and Director of the Knowledge Translation Research Network. She is also the Giblon Professor and Vice Chair, Research, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto.
Professor Grunfeld is a leader in cancer health services and outcomes research. Her research focuses on evaluation and knowledge translation of cancer health services, covering the entire spectrum of cancer control activities. She uses a mixed-methods approach including randomized controlled trials, qualitative research and outcomes research. Professor Grunfeld holds many peer-reviewed grants as Principal Investigator and has served on many committees to further the goals of cancer control in Canada and internationally.


Associate Professor Brian Le
Director of Palliative Care Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Brian Le_smallBrian is the director of Palliative Care at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, including the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and The Royal Melbourne Hospital. Brian is a specialist in both Palliative Medicine and Medical Oncology, and is an Associate Professor of the University of Melbourne. Brian is the current Chair of the Training Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, responsible for training of all palliative medicine specialists in Australia and New Zealand. Brian is involved with many other Commonealth and State governmental and not-for-profit organisations concerning Palliative Care, and is a past chairman of Palliative Care Victoria. Brian is involved with research in the areas of palliative and supportive care, including clinical trials of novel therapies, and research into palliative care integration and benefits for patients and carers.

Click here to view Brian Le’s Presentation from the Conference.

Associate Professor Michael Hofman
Nuclear medicine physician at the Centre for Molecular Imaging, Cancer Imaging at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Michael Hofman Photo_smallAssociate Professor Michael Hofman is a nuclear medicine physician at the Centre for Molecular Imaging, Cancer Imaging at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia’s only public hospital dedicated to cancer treatment, research and education. He has a vision of improving patient outcomes by using molecular imaging to non-invasively characterise disease thereby enabling improved selection of the most appropriate therapy for an individual patient and better assessment of therapeutic response. He has particular interest in novel F-18 and Ga-68 PET radiotracers, and theranostic applications including neuroendocrine and prostate tumours. He is principal investigator of the first Australian prospective trial of Lu-177 PSMA in prostate cancer, and separately a multi-centre trial of PSMA PET for staging prostate cancer. He is a fellow of the International Cancer Imaging Society and currently serves as an Associate Editor for several journals including Cancer Imaging, Leukaemia Lymphoma and the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology.

Click here to view Michael Hofman’s Presentation from the Conference.

Robyn Moore
For 40 years, Robyn Moore has been changing peoples’ perception through “the power of the word” as an educator, in advertising, syndicated radio comedy, animation series and as Australia’s most in-demand female speaker. She is passionate about increasing access to human potential and opening pathways to 100% participation in life, through “breakthrough” communication, so you can take action with what really matters in life…at work, at home and within.

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