PoCoG 2017 Scientific Meeting 


9am-5pm Thursday 16 November

The Gold Room, Dockside, Darling Harbour


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 As an international leader in psycho-oncology research, PoCoG is bringing together Australia’s finest psycho-oncology researchers and clinicians to present their work at our inaugural Scientific Meeting on Thursday 16 November in Darling Harbour, Sydney.

We are also delighted to welcome outstanding international expert, Professor Anja Mehnert, Chair of the Department of Psycho-Oncology at the University of Leipzig, who is an invited COSA speaker. Professor Mehnert has led a major epidemiological study of psychiatric disorders in 4000 cancer patients and will show the prevalence and burden of depression to the patient and family with cancer.

The theme for our meeting is 'Bright Ideas and Big Opportunities- The future of psycho-oncology research in Australia'  and our agenda for the day will include the most significant programs of work happening in Australian psycho-oncology research. We expect this important conference to be a fertile meeting ground for people working at  the leading edge of psycho-oncology research and look forward to seeing you there.

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 Professor Doctor Anja Mehnert
Head of the Section of Psychosocial Oncology, Department of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology, at the University Medical Center Leipzig, German
COSA sponsored International psycho-oncology expert Professor Doctor Anja Mehnert from the University of Leipzig will make the plenary presentation at the PoCoG Scientific Meeting. 

Anja will showcase her program of work investigating the prevalence and burden of mental health disorders and discuss her ongoing research to address the psychosocial needs of patients.

Anja will also provide an international perspective during what we hope will be a lively panel discussion, later in the day. This is an excellent opportunity for PoCoG members to get up close and personal with one of the foremost experts in psycho-oncology research. 
Professor Maree Teeson
Director NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS) and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), Professorial Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, UNSW. Fellow Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and Fellow Australian Academy of Social Science.
Professor Maree Teesson is a ministerial appointed member of the NHMRC Health Care Committee and Professorial Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, UNSW, she was recently awarded Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers.

Maree has made a major contribution to Australia’s health and medical research effort in the field of mental health and substance use and is known nationally and internationally for her research on the comorbidity between mental health and substance use disorders. Her research interests include the epidemiology mental health and substance use disorders, internet delivered prevention and treatment programs, new treatments for individuals with comorbid mental health and substance use disorders, and improving treatment delivery.

Maree will be speaking in our session titled 'Caring for our Most Vulnerable' and will address the challenges involved in conducting large scale clinical trials  within these populations. 
Professor Claire Wakefield
 Professor, School of Women's and Children's Health UNSW MEDICINE, University of NSW, Head, Behavioural Sciences Unit, Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children's Hospital.
Prof Claire Wakefield is a Professor in the Discipline of Paediatrics, in the School of Women’s and Children’s Health at UNSW Medicine. Claire leads one of Australia’s largest psycho-oncology research groups - The Behavioural Sciences Unit, which is part of the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children's Hospital.

Claire has published, or had accepted, more than 115 journal articles and is named as Chief Investigator on competitive research grants totalling more than $20M. She also holds a Career Development Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council as well as a Diamond Jubilee International Visiting Fellowship at the University of Southampton, UK.

Claire will speak in our 'Areas of Need' session and the title of her presentation is 'Interventions to improve mental and physical health outcomes in children’s cancer: Navigating the pipeline from pilot to trial to translation'.