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The Eighth Annual Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre Symposium

Connect, Inspire & Innovate

A multi-disciplinary meeting for clinicians and researchers aimed at improving cancer outcomes through evidence and collaboration

The eighth annual Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre Symposium will be held on Friday 15 November 2019 at Lily's Function Centre, Seven Hills, NSW.

The Symposium is held on the anniversary of the renaming of The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre Westmead and will feature presentations from world leading clinicians and researchers.

The 2019 Symposium program will consist of four plenary sessions of broad interest to cancer professionals and researchers, as well as poster presentations featuring local research projects. This year’s topics include Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy, Novel Educational Strategies in Health, Cancer of Unknown Primary as well as Staff Burn Out & Welfare..

In the Opening Plenary, we are pleased to have a presentation by Prof Sherene Loi, head of the Translational Breast Cancer Genomics and Therapeutics Laboratory at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. She is a Medical Oncologist with an interest in clinical trials that evaluate targeted agents against specific breast cancer molecular subtypes. Prof Loi is also the head of a research lab using genomic approaches to analyse breast cancer specimens to understand mechanisms of growth, immune evasion and progression.

In the Cancer of Unknown Primary session, we are pleased to be joined by Dr Richard Tothill, who leads the Rare Disease Oncogenomics laboratory within the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research. He is dedicated to translational research of rare and orphan cancers as well as cancers of unknown primary (CUP). Dr Tothill uses state-of-the-art molecular and cell based methods to identify molecular portraits of cancer types to understand the biology of disease pathogenesis, develop diagnostic and prognostic tests and identify new therapeutic targets for precision medicine.

This year we have a session exploring Staff Burn Out & Welfare. Medical Oncologist A/Prof Catriona McNeil, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse will contribute some personal observations and reflections of stress in the oncology workplace while a researcher from the Black Dog Institute will present research in the field of workplace mental health.


Registration is now open - sign up here

Photography & filming: The Conference organisers have arranged filming of sessions and photography onsite throughout the Conference. If you do not wish to appear in photos, please inform the organisers at the latest on the day of the symposium.
Privacy: A list of attendees may be forwarded to sponsors on their request. If you do not want to have your name forwarded to sponsors, please inform the organisers at the latest on the day of the symposium.


A draft program for the day can be downloaded here .

Posters and Rapid Fire Oral Presentation

The CPMCC Symposium will feature a poster session and rapid fire oral presentation of a limited number of posters to showcase the research taking place across the Sydney West Cancer Network and the Sydney West Translational Cancer Research Centre.


If you have any questions about the Symposium please contact:
Bronwyn Robertson
P: 02 8890 9561 (Tues - Thurs)
P: 02 8627 3053 (Mon & Fri)
E: [email protected]


Sponsorships for this year's symposium are available - please contact [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I become a member of the SW-TCRC?

SW-TCRC membership is free and open to anyone interested in cancer care and research within the Sydney West Cancer Network and associated research institutes.

Visit for more information and to become a member before registering for the Symposium.

What are my transport and parking options getting to the event?

Public Transport
You can catch public transport to the event: train to Seven Hills train station and a 10 min walk to the venue (or bus along Prospect Hwy)

Plentiful parking is available at Lily's Function Centre, Seven Hills and surrounding streets at no cost.

Who can I contact if I have any questions?

Please direct any questions to Bronwyn Robertson.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: P: 02 8890 9561 (Tues - Thurs)
02 8627 3053 (Mon & Fri)

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. Organisers will have a complete list of all registered attendees at the registration desk. Please register at the registration desk upon arrival to collect your name badge and printed program booklet.

What is the refund policy?

If you withdraw your registration before Thursday 31 October 2019, a full refund will be available.