Leadership team


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).

NZSO Marg Currie

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.

NZSO Aniruddha

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.

NZSO Nicky Lawrence

Rachel Purcell

Alvin Tan, Waikato Hospital

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

NZSO Alvin Tan

Rules of the Executive Committee

The New Zealand Society for Oncology is governed by an Executive Committee. This committee consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and three other members. The committee shall include the immediate past convener of the annual meeting and the convener of the next annual meeting. The committee shall have the power to co-opt such other persons as the executive committee considers appropriate. The office of the President may be held by one person for not more than two consecutive years, but after being out of such office for one year, such a person shall be eligible for re-election as President. The maximum term of office for all members of the executive committee (including President and Vice President) will be two years, except for the convenor of the next annual meeting who will be appointed for one year, and the following year will continue appointment for one more year as the Convenor of the last annual meeting. The common practice of the Society is for the Vice President to automatically become President on the retirement of the current President.

The members of the Executive Committee shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting by nomination and ballot. The Executive Committee shall have power to fill a casual vacancy on the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee shall annually appoint a Convenor to organise the annual conference and shall have the power to remove the convenor if the convenor is not adequately discharging their responsibilities.

Current Conference Convener

Dr Prashanth Hari Dass, Rotorua Hospital

Previous Conference Convener

Dr Melanie McConnell, Victoria University


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