Breast Cancer Trials
44th Annual Scientific Meeting

Breast Cancer Trials 44th Annual Scientific Meeting

Breast Cancer Trials (BCT) is a world leading clinical trials research organisation, dedicated to finding new and better treatments and prevention strategies for people affected by this disease.

Our research program involves multicentre national and international clinical trials and brings together more than 835 researchers in 109 institutions throughout Australia and New Zealand. BCT has contributed to almost 1,230 peer reviewed publications and more than 16,800 women have participated in our breast cancer clinical trials.

The 2023 ASM will also host a number of internationally renowned guest speakers including key BCT researchers. Delegates include leading Australian and New Zealand medical practitioners and clinicians, and clinical trials management personnel.

The full and extensive program will include two days of scientific sessions covering timely reviews of breast cancer clinical trials, discussion of new protocols, future clinical trials research and other research developments. 

We look forward to an in-person meeting, offering the opportunity for us all to connect in Auckland, New Zealand. For up to date information on COVID-19 in New Zealand, including travel requirements, click here. 

Please note that the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be in Auckland from Thursday 20 July – Sunday 20 August 2023. 

The Breast Cancer Trials ASM is not open to the general public to attend. 

The Premier Event on the Clinical Trials Research Calendar

Attracting leading health professionals involved in the conduct of breast cancer clinical trials throughout Australia and New Zealand, the Breast Cancer Trials Annual Scientific Meeting is an important event to stay up-to-date on research and to network with colleagues.

The Alan Coates Award for Excellence in Clinical Trials
This award recognises a member of BCT who has made an outstanding contribution to the BCT's clinical trials research program.
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The Robert Sutherland Award for Excellence in Translational Research
This award recognises a Translational Researcher and their achievements and contributions to improved patient outcomes and is open to BCT members and non-members worldwide.
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The John Collins Fellow Medal and Travel Grant
This award was established to encourage potential academic Breast Cancer Surgeons to become involved in clinical trials research.
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Education Travel Grants
These grants recognise Full Members of BCT who are unable to access institutional or other funding to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting.
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9:00am - 4:00pm, The Great Room 4

Trials Coordination Forum

Please note that the Trials Coordination Forum is primarily for Trial/Study Coordinators; not suitable for Pharmaceutical representatives.

1:00pm - 4:00pm, The Great Room 3

Concept Development Workshop

Our New Concept Workshop will be held at the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) to provide an opportunity for Breast Cancer Trials (BCT) members and non-members to present new research ideas.

The workshop will be held at The Cordis, Auckland, and will involve a presentation of selected concepts, followed by discussion and feedback from the audience.

5:30pm - 7:00pm, The Auckland War Memorial

Q&A Event

Join us on Wednesday 26 July from 5:30-7pm (NZST) at the Auckland War Memorial Museum for our next free Q&A event on the topic of Breast Cancer in Māori, Pasifika and Indigenous Communities. Click here for more information or to register.

7:30pm - 11:00pm

Faculty Dinner (Private Function)

7:00am - 8:30am, Crystal 1 & 2

Breakfast Symposium 1

Symposium 1 is sponsored by Pfizer, and is titled 'The Value of Real World Evidence in Supporting Clinical Decisions in ER+ HER2- Advanced Breast Cancer'.

8:45am - 12:05pm, The Great Rooms 1 & 2

Session 1

Supportive Care.

12:30pm - 1:40pm, Crystal 1 & 2

Lunch Symposium 1

Sponsored Lunch Symposium.

1:45pm - 4:55pm, The Great Rooms 1 & 2
5:05pm - 5:30pm, The Great Rooms 1 & 2

Annual General Meeting

Please note, this meeting is for BCT members only.


7:30pm - 11:30pm, The Auckland War Memorial

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner is sponsored by AstraZeneca.


7:00am - 8:40am, Crystal 1 & 2

Breakfast Symposium 2

Symposium 1 is sponsored by Gilead, and is titled 'ADC's for HR+/HER2- Breast Cancer: The Time is Now!'

9:00am - 12:15pm, The Great Rooms 1 & 2

Session 3A

Advanced Breast Cancer.




9:00am - 12:15pm, The Great Room 3
12:30pm - 1:40pm, Crystal 1 & 2

Lunch Symposium 2

Symposium 2 is sponsored by MSD.

1:45pm - 4:45pm, The Great Rooms 1 & 2
8:30am - 3:30pm, Crystal 1 & 2

BCT Trainee & Early Career Day

44th Annual Scientific Meeting Speakers

Sibylle Loibl

Chair of the German Breast Group (GBG), and Professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Goethe University of Frankfurt.

Sunil Lakhani

Chair of the BCT Board of Directors and Executive Director of Research and Senior Staff Specialist at Pathology Queensland.

Christobel Saunders

The James Stewart Chair of Surgery, and the Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne.

Gelareh Farshid

Senior Consultant Pathologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and a Clinical Professor at the University of Adelaide.

Liz Caldon

Lab head at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia, and Cancer Institute NSW Fellow.

Ben Green

Breast and Endocrine Surgeon, focusing on Oncoplastic Breast Surgery at St Andrews War Memorial Hospital and The Wesley Hospitals.

Michael Puttick

Breast and General Surgeon at Auckland City Hospital, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland.

Peter Heppner

Consultant Neurosurgeon working at Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand, Starship Children's Hospital and Ascot Hospital.

Tadahiko Shien

Associate Professor at the Okayama University Hospital and Group Secretariat of the JCOG Breast Cancer Study Group.

Cindy Tan

Early-career researcher, senior dietician, and post-doctorate Research Fellow at the University of Sydney.

Belinda Kiely

Medical Oncologist specialising in breast cancer and working at Concord and Campbelltown Hospitals in Sydney, Australia.

Elgene Lim

Medical oncologist and Researcher with a focus on breast cancer research and treatment, and the Principal Cancer Theme Lead at UNSW Sydney.

Philip Poortmans

Radiation Oncologist at Iridium Netwerk and the University of Antwerp in Belgium, where he completed his medical studies.

Sarah-Jane Dawson

Head of the Molecular Biomarkers and Translational Genomics Laboratory at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Richard Isaacs

Medical Oncologist and was Head of Medical Oncology at Palmerston North Hospital, New Zealand from 2011 until 2021.

Richard de Boer

Consultant Medical Oncologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and St Vincent’s Private Hospital.

Amelia McCartney

Medical Oncologist at Monash Health Australia, and member of the Breast Cancer Trials Scientific Advisory Committee.

Kylie Snook

Vice-President of BreastSurgANZ, and Head of the Breast and Endocrine Surgery Department at the Mater Hospital Sydney.

Bruce Mann

Director of Research at Breast Cancer Trials and Professor of Surgery at The University of Melbourne.

Sheridan Wilson

Member of the Breast Cancer Trials Board of Directors, and Medical Oncologist at Auckland City Hospital.

Holly Keane

Breast Surgical Oncologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne.

Jocelyn Lippey

Breast Surgeon based in Melbourne, working at St. Vincent's, BreastScreen, and St Vincent's East Melbourne.

Richard Finn

Professor of Medicine at the Geffen School of Medicine at ULCA in California, in the Department of Medicine.

Eletha Taylor

Breast and Melanoma Surgical Oncologist, Breast Associate and Consultant Surgeon at Auckland City Hospital.

Alastair Thompson

Co-chair of the NCI BOLD Taskforce, the SWOG translational medicine breast group and the TBCRC locoregional working group.

Belinda Yeo

Medical Oncologist in Breast Cancer and Deputy Director of Medical Oncology at Austin Health in Melbourne.

Rosalie Power

Associate Research Fellow with the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), Western Sydney University.

Karen Alexander

Member of the Breast Cancer Trials Consumer Advisory Panel (CAP), and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011.

Adam Ofri

Breast Surgeon with Northern Breast Care at the Mater Hospital, Sydney, and Clinical Fellow for Breast Cancer Trials.

Wayne Tilley

Director of the Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories, Adelaide Medical School, and the University of Adelaide.

Andrew Spillane

Member of the Breast Cancer Trials Board of Directors, and Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Sydney.

Claire Phillips

Deputy Director of Radiation Oncology at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and sub-specialist in NeuroOncology.

Andrew Redfern

Associate Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Western Australia, and consultant Medical Oncologist.

Rob McNeill

Senior Lecturer and health services researcher in the School of Population Health, at the University of Auckland.

Cristin Print

Principle Investigator in New Zealand's Rakeiora program, the Maurice Wilkins Centre and the 'Healthier Lives' National Science Challenge.

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Location Cordis Hotel, Auckland

The ASM Secretariat is responsible for conference registration only and delegates are responsible for their accommodation. You can book your accommodation at The Cordis Hotel, Auckland here.

Alternatively, there are several hotels within walking distance to The Cordis Hotel.

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