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Report from the 6th Australian Lung Cancer Conference and ALTG Members’ Meeting

christine-jenkins-with-reportThe 6th Australian Lung Cancer Conference was once again hosted by the Lung Foundation, attracting almost 400 delegates to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The scientific programme presented topics across the spectrum of issues in current lung cancer management and was complemented by high quality sponsors’ symposia and the exhibition. A highlight was Dr Lisa Briggs’ speech during the opening plenary session. Lisa is a 34 year old exercise physiologist and mother of two who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer two years ago and whose disease has responded to targeted therapy. Her story was a powerful and personal reminder of both the importance of research and the individual stories that underlie “data”.

opening-plenary-18-08-3The ALTG Members’ Meeting was held as a satellite to the ALCC and was attended by approximately 40 members. The draft minutes and reports presented by the Management Advisory Committee on the group’s growth and activities over the previous 12 months are available in the Member’s section of the ALTG website.  The group’s portfolio of trials in progress and new concepts in development was also presented and discussed. Finally, the election of three new members of the Management Advisory Committee (MAC) was confirmed with Nick Pavlakis taking on the role of President, Laird Cameron as NZ Representative and Morgan Windsor as Thoracic Surgery Representative. Nick Pavlakis stepped down as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and Ben Solomon was appointed as the new SAC Chair.