We would like to thank all delegates, speakers and sponsors for attending and supporting the 2017 Conference. We couldn't have done it without you all and we look forward to seeing you again next year!



President's Welcome

The New Zealand Society for Oncology (NZSO) is excited to return to Auckland for the 49th edition of our annual scientific meeting.

The annual scientific meeting of the NZSO is New Zealand's premier congress covering the latest advances in translational cancer research and spanning all types of cancer.

The NZSO annual meeting features world-leading international guests, invited presentations from local leaders in cancer research and proffered abstracts from New Zealand's medical research institutions and cancer treatment centres.

This year, the conference will be held on a weekend to better accommodate those colleagues with clinical duties. We are also pleased to announce that, for the first time, NZSO will be contiguous with a major whole-day symposium on progress in breast cancer research and medicine. Further details on this exciting event, which is being coordinated by Breast Cancer Cure in partnership with the NZSO and the University of Auckland, are given below.

Plenary session themes for the 2017 NZSO meeting include the tumour microenvironment in progression and therapy, early-phase clinical trials, molecular pathology and diagnostics, translational radiation oncology, the genetic basis of cancer, drug discovery and novel approaches to therapy, the Bruce Cain Memorial Lecture, PHARMAC Young Researcher Awards and clinical and scientific poster discussions.

Satellite symposia at this year's meeting will explore the management of brain metastases in the era of immune checkpoint blockade, plus the establishment of a New Zealand young oncology network.

Our exhibit hall and café space provides a relaxed environment to network with fellow clinicians and researchers, meet our international guests and engage with consumer groups and industry counterparts.

The meeting will also feature the announcement of a number of prestigious awards, including the Bruce Cain Memorial Lectureship, the NZSO Translational Research Award, the Roche Translational Cancer Fellowship and the PHARMAC Young Researcher Awards.

We look forward to seeing you in Auckland.

Ben Lawrence, NZSO President

Breast Cancer: Priorities for improved survival and optimising outcomes

Symposium to be held on 13 October 2017, Crowne Plaza, Auckland

In association with the NZSO 2017 Annual Meeting  

The purpose of the day will be to discuss how current and future research can change the lives of breast cancer patients, through better prevention, earlier detection and deeper molecular knowledge of individual patients' tumours to guide their therapy.

The day will involve influential international and local speakers and will be both stimulating and educational. It will offer those working in the field:  oncologists, scientists, health professionals, regulators and consumers a unique opportunity to discuss our current state of knowledge, future research opportunities and what our priorities are for improving survival and optimising outcomes.

For enquiries, please contact Phillipa Green: phillipa@breastcancercure.org.nz



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