John Zalcberg Award is open for applications

L to R: Professor John Zalcberg presenting the John Zalcberg OAM Award for Excellence in AGITG Research to Professor Goldstein with Mrs Jenny Goldstein

L to R: Professor John Zalcberg presenting the John Zalcberg OAM Award for Excellence in AGITG Research to Professor Goldstein with Mrs Jenny Goldstein in 2016


The John Zalcberg OAM Award for Excellence in AGITG Research

The John Zalcberg OAM Award for Excellence in AGITG Research recognises a member of the Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group (AGITG) who has made a significant and outstanding leadership contribution to AGITG research over a sustained period.

Nominations may recognise the contributions of investigators, research staff and lay members of the AGITG including consumers.

About John Zalcberg

Professor John Zalcberg, OAM, was a founder of, and is immediate past Chair, of the Board of the AGITG. He served in the Chair role for over 18 years until May 2014.

He was the Director, Division of Cancer Medicine, at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia for 17 years prior to recently taking up the position of Professor of Cancer Research at Monash University.

After earning a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in cancer immunology, he served as Director of Medical Oncology at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and as Director of Cancer Services at the Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre.  

He was a founder of the Lorne Cancer Conference and a past Board Member of Cancer Trials Australia. He is the current Co-Chair of the Cancer Drugs Alliance and Interim Chair of the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance.  A past Board Member of the NSW Cancer Institute, past President of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia, and a past Member of the Consultative Council of the Victorian Cancer Agency, he has received a Medal of the Order of Australia Award (OAM), the 2011 Cancer Achievement Award from the Medical Oncology Group of Australia and is the recipient of the 2014 Tom Reeve Award awarded by the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia.

Professor Zalcberg’s clinical research interests include gastro-intestinal cancer and health care outcomes. He has published more than 230 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He was a Principal Investigator for the EORTC advanced GIST trial in Australia and continues an active involvement in trials in this disease as well as other GI cancers. He continues an active clinical practice in GI cancer.

 Eligibility

To be eligible, nominees must:

  • have made a significant and outstanding leadership contribution to AGITG research over a sustained period;
  • be an AGITG member; and
  • be nominated by two AGITG members.

 Nominations

Each nomination must include:

  • a summary of the nominee’s contributions to the AGITG research program (maximum 1,000 words);
  • an evaluation of the impact of this work on GI cancer practice (maximum 1,000 words); and
  • biographical outline of the nominee.

Nomination of clinicians must include:

  • a list of the nominee’s major relevant publications; and
  • letters of support from two individuals outside the nominee’s institution (where applicable). These letters should contain a critical appraisal of the nominee’s contributions to the AGITG research program.

 The recipient will receive:

  • Award Trophy
  • Sponsored attendance at the AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting (travel, registration and two nights’ accommodation)

The recipient will have an opportunity to deliver an address (up to 15 minutes) at the AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting Dinner highlighting appropriate aspects of their area of interest, with the option to also be published in abstract form on the AGITG website and in the AGITG Annual Report.

 Important Dates

  • Applications close at 5:00PM AEST on 30 July 2017.
  • Recipients will be informed in writing of their successful nomination by 1 September.
  • Presentation will be made at the AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting (held in early October).

Nomination Forms

Click here for a nomination form

Completed nomination forms should be forwarded by email to agitg@gicancer.org.au by 5:00PM AEST on 30 July 2017 marked John Zalcberg OAM Award Nomination.

 Contact

For more information about the John Zalcberg OAM Award for Excellence in AGITG Research contact the Chief Executive Officer, Russell Conley.

Phone: (+612) 9562 5072

Email: russell@gicancer.org.au