Welcome to Sydney Vital's December 2019 Newsletter...
Welcome to Sydney Vital's December 2019 Newsletter.

The last few months at Sydney Vital were all about

We were excited to welcome guest speakers, a new operational team member and continue our journey to bring together over 450 cancer researchers.

This winter/spring saw us igniting collaborations, and intrigued faces in events we hosted; we saw members shining in the NSW Premier's awards, and we saw more progress made to translate cancer research into patient outcomes. We’d like to thank all our members for your support and active interaction with us.

Meet Our Digital Marketing Communications Officer 

Tommy Constantinou is the recently appointed Digital Marketing Communications Officer working on developing, managing and implementing a range of on-line & off-line marketing communication strategies and to deliver a range of events for members.

"It's great to be a part of the Sydney Vital Team. I look forward to showcasing our translational cancer research through various channels."
Congratulations to The Australian Pancreatic Cancer Genome Initiative (APGI) who picked up the Wildfire Highly Cited Publication Award at the NSW Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research. Prof Anthony Gill who is a staff specialist in Pathology at the Royal North Shore Hospital and  Sydney Vital supported Researcher in Surgical Pathology received the award on behalf of the APGI.

Congratulations also to Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, who are based at Royal North Shore Hospital, for winning Outstanding Cancer Clinical Trials Unit (CCTU). Sally McCowatt, Manager of the Clinical Trials Unit, received the award on behalf of the CCTU.

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Over the past few months, Sydney Vital has welcomed high calibre guest speakers such as Prof Ian Law and Prof Thomas Bortfeld to speak on important subjects like the emerging role of PET in Neuro-oncology treatment response and temporo-spatial optimization of radiation therapy.

If you have any international/national speakers please contact Tommy Constantinou at SydneyVital.Admin@Sydney.edu.au.

Watch Prof Ian Law's webcast.
Read more on Prof Thomas Bortfeld's visit.
Congratulations to our Sydney Vital Round 10 Research Scholarship Awardees. 

Dr Talia Fuchs
Evaluation of the prognostic value of standardised scoring of tumour infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in colorectal carcinoma and its potential use in training of computerised image analysis algorithms.

Dr Amanda Seabrook
Paired Tumour-Blood Sequencing: a new paradigm for the diagnosis of Hereditary Cancer Syndromes. 

Dr Sarah Maloney
The role of tumour and stromal tissue proteins in identifying predicting response to chemotherapy in pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC).

Hamidreza Aboulkheyr
Targeting cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) toward reduction of tumor immune suppression capacity in triple negative breast cancer.

Quynh Vu
Targeting the gene regulatory function of TRF2 to impair tumour growth and metastasis.

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Congratulations to our Sydney Vital Round 6 Travel Awardees.

Dr Jasmine Yee
Dr Sandhya Clement 
Lionel Leck

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Sydney Vital Director Prof Dale Bailey was in conversation with Harvard Medical School’s Prof Thomas Bortfeld after his seminar on Temporo-spatial optimization of radiation therapy. 
In 2020 we have put together a plan to promote your research to the local community. 
We have connected with over 40 social clubs in the NSLHD who would love to hear about your research at their cancer-specific events.
Here are some current talks:

Pink Trivia Night at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club
Date: Wednesday 19 February 2020
Time: 7pm - 7:35pm

Breakfast Morning at North Sydney Sunrise Rotary Club
Date: Tuesday 7 April 2020
Time: 7:30am - 8:15am

Biggest Morning Tea at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club (200 attendees)
Date: Thursday 28 May 2020
Time: 11am - 11:35am

If you would like to speak at these events please contact Tommy Constantinou at SydneyVital.Admin@Sydney.edu.au to register your interest.

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Here is snap shot of Sydney Vital’s Team building activities, in case you missed it. We don’t just do translational cancer research, we do pasta making!
Join us in 2020!

We've been given a complimentary pasta making session for 2020 by Planar Resturant  This will be for members and partners. Watch this space.
On 7 November 2019, we were pleased to host the Sydney/NSW Thyroid Cancer Interest Group again with our sponsor – Eisai Australia

Keep reading & watch the recording of the meeting
Applications for the next round of Sydney Vital Scholarship Awards and Travel Awards will open in February 2020.
We offer guidance with applications for our members so please contact Vanessa Sanford at 

Click here for all other upcoming grant opportunities in 2020.
Membership is open to individuals whose primary interest is in cancer treatment, research or education. Please visit our website for more information
We'd like to wish all our members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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