Queenstown Melanoma Research and Therapy Meeting 2017

Melanoma Research and Therapy in New Zealand: Raising the Bar through Collaborative Action 

Around 60 New Zealand and international melanoma clinicians, scientists and consumers met in Queenstown on 9 September 2017 for the inaugural Melanoma Research and Therapy in New Zealand meeting. The meeting was organised by MelNet, Melanoma New Zealand and the Queenstown Research Week.  

Overseas speakers were:

  • Professor David Whiteman, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane: Melanoma epidemiology and risk assessment
  • Professor Mel Ziman, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Perth: Blood based biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring of patients with melanoma
  • Professor Mark Shackleton, Alfred Health and Monash University, Melbourne: Melanoma heterogeneity – the elephant in the room

New Zealand speakers were:

  • Distinguished Professor Bruce Baguley, Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre
  • Dr Sanjeev Deva, Auckland DHB and Clinical Trials New Zealand
  • Professor Rod Dunbar, University of Auckland
  • Professor Mike Eccles, Dunedin School of Medicine
  • Dr Jacqui Gardner, Canterbury District Health Board
  • Mr Richard Martin, Waitemata DHB
  • Paul O'Neil, Consumer
  • Professor Cris Print, University of Auckland
  • Professor Peter Shepherd, University of Auckland
  • Dr Rosalie Stephens, Auckland DHB
  • Dr Michelle Wilson, Auckland DHB and Clinical Trials New Zealand.

A specific aim of the meeting was to develop mechanisms to ensure effective collaboration between consumers/patients, relevant scientists, pathologists, oncologists and clinical trials clinicians. 

You can find the programme here and speaker/poster abstracts here.  A brief report on the outcome of the day is available here.

Next step:  8 December 2017 meeting

As a next step in addressing the meeting recommendations, MelNet has agreed to fund a meeting to establish a melanoma research and therapy special interest group.  The half-day meeting will be held at the Novotel at Auckland International Airport on Friday 8 December.   All those with a special interest in melanoma research and therapy, including scientists, oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, clinical nurse specialists and surgeons, are invited to attend.    

Please contact the MelNet Coordinator for further information.