Breast Cancer Trials
43rd Annual Scientific Meeting

Breast Cancer Trials 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting

Breast Cancer Trials (BCT) is a world leading clinical trials research organisation, dedicated to finding new and better treatments and prevention strategies for people affected by this disease.

Our research program involves multicentre national and international clinical trials and brings together more than 820 researchers in 109 institutions throughout Australia and New Zealand. BCT has contributed to almost 1,200 peer reviewed publications and more than 16,300 women have participated in our breast cancer clinical trials.

The theme for the 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) is breast cancer in young women, with a number of key presentations on this important topic. The ASM will also host a number of internationally renowned guest speakers including key BCT researchers. Delegates include leading Australian and New Zealand medical practitioners and clinicians, and clinical trials management personnel.

The full and extensive program will include two days of scientific sessions covering timely reviews of breast cancer clinical trials, discussion of new protocols, future clinical trials research and other research developments. 

As a result of COVID-19, we were unable to host a meeting in 2020 and held our first virtual ASM in 2021. In 2022, we look forward to an in-person meeting, offering the opportunity for us all to re-connect in Melbourne, Victoria.

The Breast Cancer Trials ASM is not open to the general public to attend

For up to date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, including travel requirements, visit:

A Premier Event on the Clinical Trials Research Calendar

Attracting leading health professionals involved in the conduct of breast cancer clinical trials throughout Australia and New Zealand, the Breast Cancer Trials Annual Scientific Meeting is an important event to stay up-to-date on research and to network with colleagues.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM The Boardroom

Consumer Advisory Panel Meeting

Please note that this is a closed meeting.

9.00 AM - 4.00 PM Ballroom A

Trials Coordination Forum

Please note that the Trials Coordination Forum is primarily for Trial/Study Coordinators; not suitable for Pharmaceutical representatives.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ballroom C

New Concept Development Workshop

A New Concept Workshop will be held at the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) to provide an opportunity for Breast Cancer Trials (BCT) members and non-members to present new research ideas.

The workshop will be held at The Langham, Melbourne, and will involve a presentation of selected concepts, followed by discussion and feedback from the audience.

5.30 PM - 7.00 PM Federation Square, The Edge

Q&A Event - Breast Cancer in Young Women

Moderated by Annabel Crabb.

Members of the public and ASM delegates are invited to attend our annual Q&A Event, to hear the latest news on breast cancer research and clinical trials from leading Australian and international researchers.

7.30 PM - 11.00 PM

Faculty Dinner (Private Function)

7.30 AM - 8.50 AM Yarra Rooms & The Flinders Room

Breakfast Symposium 1

Recent Developments in Management of HR+ve Breast Cancer.

Download the Symposium Agenda: Lilly Breakfast Symposium Agenda

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Breakfast Symposium 2

Personalising Therapy and Implications for Radiation Therapy.

Download the Symposium Agenda: GenesisCare Breakfast Symposium Agenda

Sponsored by:

9.00 AM - 12.45 PM & 1.45 PM - 5.00 PM Ballrooms A-B-C

Scientific Session 1 - Prevention/ Screening/ Diagnosis

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Scientific Session 2- Early Breast Cancer

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5.05 PM - 5.30 PM Ballrooms A-B-C

Annual General Meeting

Please note, this meeting is for BCT members only.


7:30 PM - 11:30 PM Ballrooms A-B-C

Conference Dinner

Conference Dinner Sponsored by:

7:30 AM - 8:50 AM Yarra 2

Breakfast Symposium

The Role of MDT in the Management of Early Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.

Download the Symposium Agenda: MSD Breakfast Symposium Agenda

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9.00 AM - 12.30 PM Ballrooms A-B-C

Scientific Session 3 - Advanced Disease

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12.30 - 1.45 PM Yarra 1 & Yarra 2

Lunch Symposium

Sequencing Treatment in Metastatic TNBC.

Download the Symposium Agenda: Gilead Lunch Symposium Agenda

Sponsored by:

1.45 PM - 4.30 PM Ballrooms A-B-C

Scientific Session 4 - Translational Research

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9.00 AM - 3.30 PM The Alto Rooms

BCT Trainee & Early Career Day

For more information, please visit our Trainee Day page

43rd Annual Scientific Meeting Speakers

Ann Partridge

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, & Vice Chair of Medical Oncology, Dana-Faber Cancer Institute

Hiroji Iwata

Vice Director & Chief of Breast Oncology, Aichi Cancer Center Hospital, Clinical Professor at Nagoya University Medical School

Shom Goel

Clinician-Scientist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, & Chair-Elect of the Society of Clinical Oncology Education Committee

Nicholas Zdenkowski

Medical Oncologist & Advisor with Breast Cancer Trials, consulting across the Hunter Region in NSW Australia

Lesley Stafford

Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology, consulting in the Breast Service & Familial Cancer Centre at Royal Melbourne Hospital

Alex Swarbrick

Senior Principal Research Fellow and co-leader of the Strategic program in Dynamic Cancer Ecosystems

Laura Esserman

Professor of Surgery and Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and director of the UCSF Breast Care Clinic

Sherene Loi

Head of the Translational Breast Cancer Genomics & Therapeutics Laboratory, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

David Okonji

Medical Oncologist at Wellington Hospital, New Zealand and Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago, School of Medicine

Wanda Cui

Medical Oncologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, and PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne

Sanjeev Kumar

Consultant Medical Oncologist at the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, & Clinical Research Associate at the Garvan Institute

Sudha Rao

Professor and Head of the Gene Regulation and Translational Medicine Group at QIMR Berghofer in Queensland

Charlotte Coles

Professor of Breast Cancer Clinical Oncology and Deputy Head of Department of Oncology, University of Cambridge

Lisa Beatty

Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology & Consulting Clinical Psychologist in Medical Oncology at Flinders Medical Centre

Prudence Francis

Clinical Lead in Breast Medical Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne & Scientific Advisory Committee member

Steven David

Oncologist and Sub-Specialist in breast and lung cancer at the Peter MacCallum Moorabbin campus (Monash Cancer Centre)

Belinda Yeo

Medical Oncologist at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne, & Clinician-Scientist at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute

Allison Rose

Head of the Women’s Hospital Breast Imaging Service, & Associate at the University of Melbourne Radiology Department

Hope Rugo

Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology & Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco

Theresa E. Hickey

Head of the Breast Cancer Research Group in the Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories, University of Adelaide

Sanjay Warrier

Consultant Breast Surgeon and Associate Professor of the University of Sydney with the Royal Prince Alfred Academic Institute

Bruce Mann

Professor of Surgery at The University of Melbourne, and Director of Research at Breast Cancer Trials

Nicholas Wilcken

Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney & Director of Medical Oncology at the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre

Carolyn Nickson

Epidemiologist specialising in Breast Screening and Head of the Breast Cancer Policy & Evaluation Stream at the Daffodil Centre

Our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Breakfast Sponsors

Coffee Cart Sponsors


The Alan Coates Award for Excellence in Clinical Trials Research

This award recognises a member of BCT who has made an outstanding contribution to the BCT’s clinical trials research program.

The John Collins Fellow Medal and Travel Grant

This award was established to encourage potential academic Breast Cancer Surgeons to become involved in clinical trials research.


The Robert Sutherland Award for Excellence in Translational Research

This award recognises a Translational Researcher and their achievements and contributions to improved patient outcomes and is open to BCT members and non-members worldwide.

Education Travel Grants


These grants recognise Full Members of BCT who are unable to access institutional or other funding to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting.


Location Melbourne, Victoria

The ASM Secretariat is responsible for conference registration only and delegates are responsible for their accommodation. You can book your accommodation at The Langham, Melbourne here.

Alternatively, there are several hotels within walking distance to The Langham Melbourne.

Public Q&A Event: Hosted by Annabel Crabb

Members of the public and ASM delegates are invited to attend our annual Q&A Event, to hear the latest news on breast cancer research and clinical trials from leading Australian and international researchers. 

This free event will be held at Federation Square on the evening of 27 July, 2022. 

Further details and registration information will be available closer to the date. 

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