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23rd December 2016
 
 
 
 
 
Welcome the 12th Edition of PCForward
 
Happy holidays to all of our PC4 members. We are excited for our first newsletter with a new PC4 Office team, new location and a new outlook! The last six months has been full of exciting new changes and 2017 is set to be a busy year. Best wishes for a safe and happy festive season.
 
Please note the PC4 Office will be closed from 24th December to 2nd January 2017.
 
Best Wishes, 
The PC4 Team
info@pc4tg.com.au
 
 
 
New Location, New Team
 
The last six months have been full of changes for PC4, which started with relocating to the new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) in Parkville, VIC. We are now located on the 10th floor with spectacular views of Melbourne. The new Project Officer, Ms Sophie Chima and the new National Manager, Dr Todd Matthews joined Prof Jon Emery, Director and Ms Kristi Milley, Research Coordinator in October 2016.

Click here to see a time lapse of the VCCC being built.
 

National Manager – Dr Todd Matthews

Dr Todd Matthews is from Adelaide and has a PhD in Medicine from The University of Adelaide. He worked in the Discipline of Surgery at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital with world renowned Prof Guy Maddern to understand the dissemination of secondary colon cancer and develop risk and diagnostic tools for upper gastro intestinal and colorectal surgeons. His work transgressed to focus on paediatric care and he initiated collaboration with Dr Sebastian King at The Royal Children’s Hospital, VIC and Prof Phil Dinning at Flinders University, SA to focus on colorectal function diagnostic tools that were applicable to a wide range of diseases and congenital abnormalities. Dr Matthews relocated to Melbourne in September to be part of the new PC4 team.
 

Project Officer – Ms Sophie Chima

Ms Sophie Chima completed a BSc and PGDipSci in Human Nutrition from Otago University, New Zealand. After completion of her studies, Ms Chima moved to Melbourne and worked as a Study Coordinator at the Florey Institute of Neurosciences and Mental Health. In her role she looked at the use of a web-based game as an indicator for cognitive decline in older adults. With an interest in primary care interventions, Ms Chima took on the role of Project Officer for PC4 in September and enjoys being involved with the PC4 members.
 
 
 
New PC4 Infrastructure
 
PC4 has changed its structure from individual SWOGs, operations team and coordinators network to a single Scientific Committee and an Advisory Committee. The EOI has now closed and we are excited to have two excellent multi-disciplinary committees with eight new members.
 
 
 
 
 
New PC4 Website
 
PC4 has a brand new website with an array of new features. The website contains up-to-date information on national and international events, grant funding opportunities, committees and more. One of our updated features is ‘find a collaborator’. Members can sign in, search and contact members they may wish to collaborate with. Communication is via our website keeping your contact information private. If you haven’t already, please head to www.pc4tg.com.au.
 
 
PC4 at COSA's Annual Scientific Meeting
 
COSA partnered up with ANZBCTG for the 2016 ASM, which was held in the Gold Coast. It was a fantastic conference and we congratulate them both for such a successful event. PC4 were exhibitors and had several ‘giveaways’ including USBs, pens, lollies and more. For those were able to attend, we hope you enjoyed it too and hope you were able to visit our booth. One of our PC4 members, Chantale Boustany, was awarded a PC4 travel grant which she used to attend the ASM. You can read her report here:

2016 Travel Grant Winner’s Report

Chantale Boustany
This year the ANZBCTG and COSA combined their annual meetings. Since I’m new to cancer research, this was great and provided me with an overview on topics such as Immunotherapy, Breast Cancer, advances in breast cancer treatment, Cancer and exercise, eTechnologies in psycho-oncology, translational research and supportive care. 
 
Dr Shom Goel was an invited speaker from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He presented several lectures mainly on targeting therapy and molecular genetics of cancers, specifically breast cancer. Dr Goel was fantastic at explaining complex molecular concepts in a way that I understood.

Overall, the conference was a fantastic opportunity to learn and network with researchers from all over Australia.  There was high quality research presented on all aspects of cancer from molecular, to financial toxicity associated with a cancer diagnosis. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and would like to thank PC4 for supporting my attendance.
 
 
PC4 2016/2017 Successful Funding
 
PC4 supported projects were awarded $3.82 million during 2016. These projects include:

The CRISP Trial: an RCT of risk assessment and decision support to implement risk-stratified colorectal cancer screening in primary care.  – Prof Jon Emery
NHMRC Project Grant
 
Indigenous Counselling and Nicotine (ICAN) QUIT in Pregnancy - a cluster randomised trial to implement culturally competent evidence-based smoking cessation for pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers. – A/Prof Gillian Gould
NHMRC Project Grant
 
 
 
Featured PC4 2016 Publications
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peer Review Workshop
 
Expressions of Interest are welcomed for a PC4 Peer Review Workshop to be held on 31st January 2017. 
 
Although applications have closed, there is still one more place available. Please contact the PC4 National Manager if you are interested. This is an excellent opportunity if you have a proposal that would benefit from fine-tuning and feedback from seasoned grant writers and reviewers. Successful applicants will be eligible to apply for travel assistance.
 
 
 
Early Career Researcher Network
 
Expression of Interest are out now for the Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN). The ECRN is a new PC4 initiative that will be governed by the Scientific Committee to assist and help new researchers in their career development. ECR members will engage with senior researchers and other ECR members to develop their own research portfolio. If you know someone who would be interested in being part of this network, please encourage them to apply. You can now apply via our website or email us for a DOCX version. 
 
 
JCAG and PC4
 

Nikki Davis:
Consumer input into PC4’s work comes from PC4/PoCoG’s Joint Community Advisory Group (JCAG).  The group is now well established, and its ten members have patient and carer experiences of bowel cancer, brain cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, multiple myeloma, and prostate cancer.  In representing the consumer’s perspective, members draw on a diverse range of life experiences and work skills, as well as a variety of personal interests, including psycho-social aspects of cancer, returning to work after cancer, and peer support.
 
JCAG members are involved in every aspect of PC4. They have roles on the Advisory and Scientific Committees, and participate in Concept Development and Peer Review Workshops. In addition to opportunities to review study proposals submitted for concept development and peer review, some members also have deeper involvement as consumers co-opted onto specific trials, including PC4’s CRISP, and PoCoG’s iCanADAPT and Rekindle studies.
 
JCAG members receive ongoing training which typically has been part of an annual face-to-face meeting. This year the group was fortunate to have two face-to-face meetings, and attendance by some researchers to present their work, followed by a group discussion, has proved to be a successful innovation.
 
 
 
Upcoming Events for 2017
 
Keep your eyes and ears tuned for PC4 events coming in 2017! These include a Concept Development Workshop, Early Career Researcher Network Workshop and the PC4 Symposium. PC4 is pleased to announce two training awards will be available for 2017. Expressions of interests will be available in early 2017.