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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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A/Prof Jonathan Knisely, 
Weill Cornell School of Medicine, 
Cornell University

Jonathan Knisely (Radiation Oncology, Weill Cornell School of Medicine) has a CNS-focused practice at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He has directed a radiosurgical practice since 1992 and was the first to employ automated rigid 3D image registration algorithms in radiation oncology. Dr Knisely is a champion of image-guided treatment and radiosurgery, leading to his recognition as one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly. He led the Leksell Gamma Knife Society and served as the CNS scientific program committee chair for ASTRO. He serves on several editorial boards and has authored articles and chapters with the goal of improving standards of care in the radiation management of brain tumours.

OTHER KEY PRESENTERS

A/Prof Eng-Siew Koh, 

South Western Sydney Clinical School,
University of New South Wales

Associate Professor Eng-Siew Koh is a Senior Staff Specialist in Radiation Oncology at Liverpool Hospital, NSW and a Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. Her sub-specialty and research interests include neuro-oncology, haematological malignancies and cancer survivorship research. She is co-principal investigator for the FIG study TROG 18.06, a prospective multi-centre study addressing the role of FET-PET in adult Glioblastoma. 

 

She is a chief investigator on a broad portfolio of local, national and international brain tumour trials. Associate Professor Koh holds several national leadership roles including the Chair of the Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology (COGNO), Chair of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Neuro-oncology Group and a member of the Cardiac Society ANZ-COSA Cardio-oncology Working Group.

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A/Prof Andrew Davidson, 

Royal Melbourne Hospital, PMCC

University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Andrew S Davidson is a neurosurgeon at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital, and Melbourne Private Hospital. He is the neurosurgical lead for the Victorian Gamma Knife Service at Peter Mac. His clinical interests include the multidisciplinary management of brain tumours, pituitary and skull base surgery (including minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery), cerebrovascular surgery, and spine surgery.  
A/Prof Davidson's academic and research interests include the functional assessment of brain tumour patients, and Evidence-Based Medicine. He has a strong interest in medical education and is an executive committee member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ Academy of Surgical Educators.

A/Prof Mark Pinkham, 

Princess Alexandra Hospital

& ICON Cancer Centres, Brisbane

A/Prof Mark Pinkham is a Radiation Oncologist based at Princess Alexandra Hospital and ICON Cancer Centres, Brisbane. His clinical practice involves almost exclusively caring for people with primary and secondary brain tumours. He has strong research interests in improving treatments, imaging and survivorship issues for people affected by these diseases. He has published over 50 manuscripts and 3 book chapters about brain tumours and acquired over AU$12 million in competitive research grant funding to date. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee within the Co-operative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology (COGNO) and inaugural Chair of the Brain Tumour (CNS) Working Party within TROG.

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Ms Nola Bailey, 

Icon Cancer Services

Nola is the Group Lead Radiation Therapist Stereotactic for Icon Cancer Services; responsible for the development, implementation, training, and governance of the stereotactic program at Icon. This includes stereotactic services at over 30 campuses within Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, and over a range of different technologies.


Nola has worked in stereotactic radiotherapy for over 20 years and has experienced the development from Stereotactic services being available only to select patients at large city based hospitals, to now being available to more patients across the country, improving both the patient’s treatment options and their ongoing care.


Nola is passionate about improving treatment opportunities to patients. In her non radiotherapy life Nola enjoys travel, trekking and textile art.

Dr Cristian Udovicich, 

Department of Radiation Oncology

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Dr Cristian Udovicich is a Radiation Oncologist in the Neuro-Oncology tumour stream at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He was the Gamma Knife Neuro-Radiation Oncology Fellow at the Victorian Gamma Knife Service. Dr Udovicich co-authored the first Australian series of pre-operative stereotactic radiosurgery for brain metastases and has presented at national and international conferences. His honorary academic appointments have included The University of Melbourne and the University of Tasmania.

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Ms Lauren May, 

Centre for Medical & Radiation Physics

University of Wollongong

Lauren May is a third year PhD candidate with the Centre for Medical and Radiation Physics at the University of Wollongong. Both her Honours and PhD research focus on single-isocentre multi-target SRS with the latter having an emphasis on quality assurance. She has published three papers on this topic with another in review.

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