“My involvement with AGITG has led to both friendship and collaboration with a wide variety of people ranging from relatives of patients to other investigators. The collaboration across the organisation underpins its strength as a group that can undertake practice changing trials for patients with GI cancer.”
Associate Professor Niall Tebbutt has been a member of AGITG since 2002. In 2009, he was elected to the Scientific Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors. He is the current Deputy Chair and Treasurer, and also chairs the Finance & Risk Management Committee, and the Lower GI Working Party, which considers and develops new trial concepts.
Niall is recognised both nationally and internationally as an expert in cancers of the digestive system or gastro-intestinal tract. He currently leads the clinical research programmes in gastro-intestinal cancer at Austin Health and Northern Health.
Following training at Oxford University in the UK, Niall then undertook postgraduate studies at Melbourne University, where he received a PhD for laboratory-based genetic research in gastro-intestinal cancer. He subsequently returned to the UK as a Clinical Research Fellow at the UK’s premier cancer centre, the Royal Marsden Hospital.
Niall has over 125 peer-reviewed publications, including publications in prestigious journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Lancet Oncology. In 2009, he was awarded the title of Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne.
In November 2015, Niall undertook the GI Cancer Institute’s Gutsy Challenge to raise funds for gastro-intestinal cancer research. As part of the Gutsy Challenge, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and was able to raise over $42,000 for clinical trials, treatment improvement, and research into the cancer. In January 2018, he plans to lead a climb of Mt Aconcagua in South America. This is the highest mountain in the world outside the Himalayas and the second highest of the “Seven Summits”.