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Professor Suzanne Chambers

Griffith University

Professor Suzanne Chambers is the Director of the Menzies Health Institute Queensland at Griffith University. She is a registered nurse and psychologist who has worked as a practitioner and researcher in psychological support for people with cancer for over 25 years. Suzanne is an Academic Member of the College of Health Psychology within the Australian Psychological Society.

Suzanne has published extensively on the psychosocial effects of cancer and effective ways to enhance quality of life and psychological outcomes after diagnosis and treatment. In particular she has focussed her research effort on the supportive care needs of men with prostate cancer and their families.
 
She has led and supported research grants from esteemed agencies such as the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Cancer Australia, Beyond Blue and Cancer Council Queensland. She has over 200 peer reviewed publications, chapters and reports. Her research is published in internationally leading journals including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, The Lancet and Lancet Oncology, and Psycho-Oncology.  Suzanne holds adjunct appointments with Edith Cowen University and University of Southern Queensland. She currently chairs the Quality of Life and Supportive Care Subcommittee of the Australia and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate Cancer trials group (ANZUP) and sits on the ANZUP Scientific Advisory Committee.

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Associate Professor Anthony Lowe

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

Anthony is Chief Executive Officer at Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, a broad-based community organisation and the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. PCFA is dedicated to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men, their partners and families, recognising the diversity of the Australian community. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor at Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University; Non-Executive Director at Ensemble Offspring; and a member of Actuaries Institute’s Leadership & Career Development and Public Policy Council Committees.

Prior to joining PCFA, Anthony was Chief Operating Officer at the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the leading community-funded organisation in Australia raising money for research into the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Anthony has held senior executive positions in the financial services industry in Australia, the US and UK, ultimately becoming an Executive Director and Asia-Pacific business group leader at Mercer Wealth Solutions.

Anthony is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (London). He holds a PhD. in mathematical physics from the University of Southampton and a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

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Professor Peter Baade

Cancer Council Queensland

Peter is a Senior Research Fellow at Cancer Council Queensland, where he leads a program of research aimed at describing and understanding patterns of cancer in Australia and internationally. A biostatistician by trade, Peter is also an Adjunct Professor at both Menzies Health Institute Queensland (Griffith University) and the School of Mathematical Sciences (Queensland University of Technology) and is an Honorary Fellow of the Menzies School of Health Research (Charles Darwin University). Peter is an Accredited Statistician with the Statistical Society of Australia.

Peter’s key research interests are to quantify why cancer-related outcomes depend on where people live, and the key area-based drivers of that variation. This includes the impact and drivers of the inequalities faced by Indigenous Australians. Parallel to this goal is to investigate methods by which we can improve the effectiveness of reporting health statistics to a range of end users.

To date, Peter has published over 215 peer-reviewed journal articles and commissioned reports, including papers in CA: Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Statistics in Medicine and International Journal of Cancer. He has received funding from National Health and Medical Research Council, Cancer Australia, Australian Research Council and other funding agencies totaling over $12 million. Peter regularly revised for national and international journals, funding bodies and academic dissertations. He holds a PhD from the University of Queensland, and was a previous recipient of a prestigious National Health and Medical Research Career Development Fellowship.

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Helen Crowe

Private Urology Practice

Helen has been working in urology for over 20 years, and was instrumental in establishing urology nursing professional organisations in Australia. She was the first urology nurse practitioner appointed in Australia, and continues to work in a private urology practice providing care for men with localised and advanced prostate cancer. She also has a part-time position at the Epworth Prostate Centre as a research nurse, running prostate cancer clinical trials and conducting investigator led research.

Helen has an honorary appointment at the Department of Urology, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and also at Australian Prostate Cancer Research at the North Melbourne campus. She convenes the Nursing & Allied Health program for the annual Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Conference, and provides mentorship for many urology and prostate cancer nurses both nationally and internationally.

Helen has extensive urological clinical and research experience and has over 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals, primarily related to prostate cancer. She has also received numerous awards for her research presentations and publications, and has received research grants funding her projects.

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Professor Ian Davis

Monash University

Professor Ian Davis is a medical oncologist and is Professor of Medicine and Head of the Eastern Health Clinical School, Monash University and Eastern Health, in Melbourne, Australia. He is an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow. He holds honorary appointments with the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute (formerly Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research) and Austin Health, and is an Associate Professor of the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney.

His primary clinical interests are in urologic cancer and in melanoma, and his primary research interests are in cancer immunology and the biology of urologic cancers. Prof Davis is a member of the Urology Committee, Skin Cancer Committee and Standing Subcommittee on Research for the Cancer Council Victoria. He is the founder of the Urologic Oncology Group of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA), a member of COSA Board and COSA Council, and is founder of the Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate Cancer Trials Group Ltd (ANZUP). He is chair of the ANZUP Board and of its Scientific Advisory Committee.

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Professor Jeff Dunn AO

University of Southern Queensland

Professor Jeff Dunn AO is Professor of Social and Behavioral Science within University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ’s) Institute for Resilient Regions. Prior to joining USQ in March 2017 Jeff was Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Council Queensland (CCQ), a role he held for almost 15 years.

He holds Professorial appointments with the Griffith University School of Medicine and University of Queensland’s School of Social Science and is Strategic Leader in Social and Behavioural Sciences within CCQ’s Cancer Research Centre. He has a central focus on the social and behavioural aspects of cancer control, spanning across the continuum of research, prevention, early detection, supportive care and quality of life. He is actively involved in research in this field and has dedicated his career to the development of novel supportive care strategies that underpin cancer prevention and improve community awareness of the disease.

Jeff also serves on the Board of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and is the Secretary and a Director of the International Psycho-oncology Society (IPOS). He currently serves, among other things, as an Editorial Board Member for Psycho-Oncology Journal and is also the Chair of the UICC‘s Asia Pacific Cancer Society Training Grants Programme. Jeff is the Immediate Past President of the Asia Pacific Organisation for Cancer Prevention (APOCP).

Jeff was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in June 2014 for distinguished service to medical administration through leadership roles with cancer control organisations, and to the promotion of innovative and integrated cancer care programs.

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Professor Mark Frydenberg AM

Monash University

Mark Frydenberg completed his Urology training in Australia in 1991 and then completed a formal fellowship in Urologic Oncology (Urologic Cancer Surgery ) at the Mayo Clinic , Rochester, Minnesota , USA during 1991-1992 . He was the President of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand till February 2017 and now acts as Past President until 2019. He is Professor and Chairman of Department of Urology, Monash Health and the Clinical Director, Prostate Research Group, Monash University.

He is an active researcher in urological cancers especially prostate cancer and has been involved as an investigator in grants in excess of $10 million, mostly in the area of prostate cancer. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, as well as the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has authored more than 140 peer reviewed publications, is a regular invited speaker at national and international urology meetings and is on the Editorial Board of 2 major international urology journals.

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Professor Daniel Galvao

Edith Cowan University

Professor Daniel Galvão is an exercise physiologist, Cancer Council Western Australia Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Exercise Medicine Research Institute at Edith Cowan University. He received his B.Sc. (1998, Brazil) in Physical Education, M.Sc. (2003) in Clinical Exercise Science from the University of Queensland and his Ph.D. (2006) in Exercise Science from Edith Cowan University.

His research program focuses on applications of exercise as medicine for the prevention and management of prostate cancer treatment side effects and survival and has received funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council, Cancer Australia, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Cancer Council Western Australia.

His research is published in leading international journals in Oncology/Urology including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, European Urology and Nature Reviews Urology and he has co-authored the Exercise and Sports Science Australia position stand in exercise and cancer (2009) and the American College of Sports Medicine’s exercise guidelines for cancer survivors (2010). His research is cited in the American Cancer Society Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Cancer Survivors (2012), the ASCO Position Statement on Obesity and Cancer (2014), and the ASCO Prostate Cancer Survivorship Clinical Care Guideline (2015).

He has longstanding collaborations with numerous researchers in Australia as well aswith international groups from Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, USA and Canada.

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Professor Frank Gardiner AM

University of Queensland

Robert Alexander (‘Frank’) Gardiner AM is an Emeritus Professor with The University of Queensland.

From his base at The University of Queensland Centre of Clinical Research and as a Consultant Urologist at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, he initiated and maintained successful prostate cancer research programmes in South East Queensland over many years.

He has been a major driving force in the development of prostate cancer research excellence nationally and internationally with his collaborators in Urology and other disciplines. Recognition of these achievements has been acknowledged by appointments to positions of responsibility on various bodies and journals over many years and has been helped enormously through his involvement in and from support given by a number of organisations, in particularly Cancer Council Queensland and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

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Dr Louisa Gordon

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Dr Louisa Gordon is Team Head of Health Economics at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. Louisa is a health economist and holds a PhD in Public Health, Masters of Public Health and Bachelor of Economics. She also has adjunct appointments at The University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology.

Louisa has 15 years research experience as a health economist performing economic evaluations, decision-analytic modelling and applied economic research. Her research interests involve the cost-effectiveness of health interventions and services for cancer survivors spanning the full continuum of cancer control. She has published extensively in the areas of skin cancer prevention, supportive care interventions for breast and other cancers, costing studies and more recently on the financial burden of cancer among patients.

Prior to joining QIMR Berghofer in 2016, Louisa was a Senior Research Fellow at Griffith University where she was predominantly involved in contract research commissioned by the Department of Health to evaluate Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Council and Medical Services Advisory Council submissions.

Over the past 5 years Louisa has been a chief investigator on National Health & Medical Research Council & Australian Research Council research grants and consultancies worth over $10 million. Louisa has published 95 journal articles including papers in Psycho-Oncology, JAMA Dermatology, Health Policy, Value in Health. She has presented at 35 conferences (3 keynote presentations) and written 2 chapters in Australian clinical practice guidelines.

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Professor Karen Grimmer

University of South Australia

Karen is the inaugural Director of the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE), University of South Australia (UniSA) (www.unisa.edu.au/cahe). Karen trained as a physiotherapist, and has a research masters degree in Medical Science, a certificate in health economics, and a PhD in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Karen is a quantitative methodologist with a particular interest in clinical epidemiology and evidence translation into practice. She has been publishing peer-reviewed scientific articles since 1989, and has authored and co-authored 311 peer-reviewed papers to date, with another 9 in press. Her first article reported on the first randomised controlled trial to be published in Australian physiotherapy literature (1989).

Karen’s scholarly work reflects physiotherapy clinical investigations into movement, posture and pain; allied health quality and service delivery issues; evidence based practice theory, practice and implementation; discharge planning quality and the epidemiology of ageing in place. Karen has also published eleven invited book chapters, conceptualised and edited two niche textbooks on evidence-based practice and clinical guidelines, and presented at hundreds of conferences nationally and internationally.

She has personally attracted over $5.5 million research income, and supported other iCAHE researchers to attract $3.5 million. She has established long term, valued and formal linkages with research institutions in South Africa, Tokyo, Manila, Hong Kong and the USA. These partnerships have fostered collaborative teaching, research, publications and researcher/student exchanges. Karen has supervised 26 PhD students to completion, in a range of topic areas. Karen was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Allied Health in 2014, at the 10th Allied Health Conference in Malaysia, conferred by the International Chief Allied Health Professionals Organisation.

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Dr Melissa Hyde

Griffith University

Dr Melissa Hyde is a Senior Research Fellow in Psycho-Oncology and Community Engagement and holds a conjoint position with the Menzies Health Institute Queensland at Griffith University and Cancer Council Queensland. She is a behavioural scientist with a background in decision-making in health contexts and altruistic behaviours.

Since 2007 Mel has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and received international recognition for her contribution to health psychology with the 2013 European Health Psychology Society Early Career Award. She is a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Linkage grant examining volunteering trends in cancer control non-profit organisations.

Her research interests are men’s experiences and adjustment after prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment, particularly men’s decisions to seek support for their psychological, physical, sexual and practical concerns; the experience of partner’s and caregivers of men with prostate cancer; and community participation (volunteering) in cancer control.

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