Research Summit Agenda
Friday 13 October



9:00am - 9:10am

Registration desk open
Sponsored by Volpara Solutions

Welcome - Breast Cancer CURE

Professor Andrew Shelling - Chair of day
Associate Dean and Head of the University of Auckland Medical
Genetics Group. 

9:10am - 9:30am

Reflecting on the Past and Forecasting the Future of
Breast Cancer Care and Treatment

Dr Vernon Harvey - Associate Professor
Consultant Medical Oncologist at Auckland Hospital

9:30am - 10:30am

Session one: 
Breast Cancer in New Zealand
Sponsored by Breast Cancer Foundation NZ

NZ Breast Cancer Research and the Waikato - Inequities and Opportunities

Associate Professor Ian Campbell - The University of Auckland

A Patient's View

Irene Kereama-Royal - Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition
Breast Cancer patient of Hauraki, Ngati Raukawa ki te Tonga and Ngāpuhi descent

Breast Cancer Registries/Tissue Banks

Dr Reena Ramsaroop - Specialist Histocytopathologist at the Waitemata DHB

Professor Bridget Robinson - Medical Oncologist


9:30am - 9:45am

9:45am - 10:00am



10:00am - 10.30am 



10:30am Morning Tea

11:00am - 12:00pm

Session two:
Identifying breast cancer patients with clinically relevant mutations

11:00am - 11:25am


11:25am - 11:45am

11:45am - 12:00pm

Mutations conferring a risk for Breast Cancer: kConFab and CIMBA

Professor Georgia Chenevix-Trench - Senior Scientist at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane.

Cancer Risk from Genetic Variations: CNVs and ENIGMA/VUS

Dr Logan Walker - University of Otago and Breast Cancer Research Partnership researcher.

Rare Variant Dectection from Blood: The development of NGS Assays for Oncology

Matt Osentoski - Thermo Fisher Scientific, North America

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Session three:
Targeted Therapies

1:00pm - 1:30pm


1:30pm - 1:45pm


1:45pm - 2:00pm

Immune and Targeted Therapies

Dr Shom Goel - Physician/scientist at  Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School Boston, USA.  Sponsored by American Airlines

Immune Therapy

Dr Anita Dunbier - University of Otago, Breast Cancer Research Partnership researcher.

Targeting Growth Hormone

Dr Jo Perry - Liggins Institute, University of Auckland.

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Session four:
Improving Diagnosis, Prognosis and Monitoring of Patients

2:00pm - 2:15pm

Circulating tumour DNA in blood of breast cancer patients

Professor Parry Guilford - University of Otago, Breast Cancer Research Partnership Researcher.

2:15pm - 2:30pm


2:30pm - 2:45pm

Blood biomarkers for early diagnosis and prognosis

Dr Annette Lasham - University of Auckland - Breast Cancer Research Partnership Researcher.

Personalised Treatments

Dr Francis Hunter - Research Fellow at the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, The University of Auckland

2:45pm - 3:00pm

Improved Diagnostics

Dr Anita Muthukaruppan - University of Auckland Research Fellow.


3:00pm Afternoon Tea

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Session five:
Pathology for Personalised/Precision Medicine

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Making Genomics real for People

Professor Stephen Fox - Leads the Fox laboratory in the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia.  Sponsored by PFIZER

4:00pm - 5.00pm

Panel discussion - How can New Zealand patients benefit?
Sponsored by TRG Imaging

Professor Cristin Print - The University of Auckland

5:00pm - 5:20pm

Session six:
Future Focus - How Personalised can our Treatment be?

Selecting the right patients for the right therapies

Professor Adrian Harris - Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Oxford and Director of the Cancer Research UK Medical Oncology Unit and a NIHR Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre. Sponsored by ROCHE

5:20pm - 5:30pm

Closing remarks - Professor Andrew Shelling, Professor Cristin Print and Fay Sowerby - Breast Cancer Cure

5:30pm - 6.30pm Cocktail Function