Dr Kate Clarke, Medical Oncologist, Wellington Blood Cancer Centre

Dr Clarke is a practicing medical oncologist with an interest in clinical trials and facilitating access to innovative therapy within a New Zealand context. Her particular interest is gastrointestinal and breast cancers and she chairs the Gastrointestinal Special Interest Group (GISIG). 





Vice President

A/Prof Margaret Currie, University of Otago, Christchurch

Associate Professor Margaret Currie is a Principal Investigator in the Mackenzie Cancer Research Group, Department of Pathology & Biomedical Science, University of Otago Christchurch. Her research has a strong clinical focus, and investigates various aspects of the tumour microenvironment during cancer progression. Current interests include the effects of cancer-associated adipocytes and inflammatory cytokines on response to chemotherapy in breast cancer patients, and immunosuppressive cell populations and immune complexes in patients receiving immunotherapy. 

Margaret has extensive experience in postgraduate supervision, and currently holds the position of Associate Dean of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Otago Christchurch (UOC).

Executive Committee

Annirudha Chatterjee, University of Otago
Aniruddha is a Rutherford Discovery Fellow based at the Department of Pathology at the University of Otago. His lab combines cutting edge next-generation sequencing, computational analysis, and experimental work to decipher the role of epigenetic modification, focusing on DNA methylation and cellular phenotype in cancer, particularly focussing on metastasis and development of biomarker for early detection and predicting response to treatment. 

Dr Anita Dubier,  University of Otago

Dr Nicky Lawrence, Auckland City Hospital
Dr Lawrence is a Medical Oncologist at Auckland City Hospital and a Senior Research Fellow at Cancer Trials New Zealand at The University of Auckland. She has an interest in genitourinary cancers and clinical trial methodology. She completed a research fellowship at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre in Sydney where she gained experience working in a co-ordinating centre for academic cancer clinical trials. She was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney for her work evaluating the design of cancer clinical trials.

Rachel Purcell

Alvin Tan, Waikato Hospital
Alvin is a medical oncologist at Waikato Hospital. He has a special interest in Genitourinary and prostate cancer. 

Current Conference Convener

Dr Prashanth Hari Dass, Rotorua Hospital

Previous Conference Convener

Dr Melanie McConnell, Victoria University


Ken Dempster



Dr Kate ClarkeNZSO President

A/Prof Margaret CurrieVice President

Ken Dempster NZSO Membership

Charlotte Emery Conference and Website