Dr. Mayer earned a PhD from the University of Utah, her MSN from Yale University, her BSN from Excelsior College, her Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Maryland, and her diploma from Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing.
Dr. Mayer is past president of the Oncology Nursing Society, was a member of the National Cancer Institute’s National Cancer Advisory Board (a Presidential appointment) and Board of Scientific Advisors. Dr. Mayer was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was the Editor for the Oncology Nursing Society’s Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) from 2007-2015. Dr. Mayer has published almost 100 articles and book chapters and lectures internationally on oncology and oncology nursing issues. In 2015, the Oncology Nursing Society recognized Dr. Mayer’s contributions with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Most recently, she was appointed to the Blue Ribbon Panel for Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot (see http://www.cancer.gov/brp) This working group of the National Cancer Advisory Board made recommendations on how best to advance the themes of the cancer moonshot initiative. In 2018, she began her role as Interim Director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship with the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences.
Dr. Mayer is the Francis Hill Fox Distinguished Professor in the School of Nursing and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Director of Cancer Survivorship. Her program of research focuses on the issues facing cancer survivors and improving cancer care. She has a clinical practice working with breast cancer survivors.
Adam Glaser is Professor of Paediatric Oncology and Late Effects at the University of Leeds and Honorary Consultant at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Until 2013 he was; Clinical Director of the National Cancer Survivor Initiative at the Department of Health, England, Late-effects Lead at the Yorkshire Cancer Network and National Cancer Clinical Lead and Advisor at NHS Improvement.
Professor Glaser has extensive experience of the measurement of health-related quality of life and patient reported outcomes in young people and survivors of cancer. He has researched and published widely in these areas and the late effects of cancer with over 70 peer-reviewed publications.
Professor Glaser was involved in the development of the Cancer PROMS Programme at the Department of Health (2010-13). He has worked with ICHOM, the Harvard based international consortium, developing guidelines for the standardisation of outcome assessment following prostate cancer and ePROMs collection.
Professor Suzanne Chambers AO is Dean of the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. Prior to joining UTS she was the Director of the Menzies Health Institute of Queensland at Griffith University. She is a health psychologist and registered nurse who has worked as a practitioner and researcher in psychological support for people with cancer for over 30 years.
Professor Chambers is an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to medical research, particularly in the area of psycho-oncology, and to community health through patient care strategies to assist men with prostate cancer.
She has published extensively on the psychological effects of cancer with over 200 peer reviewed publications and has been a chief investigator on successful research grants valued at over $30 million from the NHMRC, ARC, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Cancer Australia, Beyond Blue and Cancer Council Queensland. This includes a current NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Prostate Cancer Survivorship that she leads.
Professor Chambers holds adjunct professorships at Griffith University, Edith Cowan University, the University of Queensland and University of Southern Queensland.
Prof Afaf Girgis AM [PhD,BSc(Hons)]is the Director, Psycho-oncology Research Group, Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation (CONCERT), Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research & UNSW Australia; and holds Conjoint appointments at Western Sydney University, Griffith University and University of Queensland.
Prof Girgis has worked for over 30 years as a Behavioural Scientist in cancer control and psycho-oncology. In 2019, she became a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia, awarded for her significant service to medicine, and to medical education, in the field of cancer control and psycho-oncology.
Her national and international standing in behavioural science and psycho-oncology was acknowledged in 2012 with the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA)Inaugural Psycho-oncology Award, in 2015 with theLady Mary Fairfax Distinguished Researcher Award, and in 2017 with 4 distinguished awards: South West Sydney Research Hub annual prize, UNSW in the South West Distinguished Research Prize, the South Western Sydney Local Health District Translational Research Award, and the South Western Sydney Local Health District Board Award, and the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) Quality Improvement Award 2018 in Healthcare Measurement.
Prof Girgis has published 350+peer-reviewed papers, abstracts and book chapters, and contributed to several clinical practice guidelines. She has been successful with 157 research funding applications totalling $54 million, including being the lead academic CI on a $2 million grant from ACRF to build a cancer survivorship research centre in South Western Sydney Local Health District.Prof Girgis is committed to training and mentoring junior researchers and has successfully supervised 27 research higher degree students and fellowships; and currently supervises 3 PhD and 2 Research Masters students, and mentors several clinician researchers.
Anton Enus is an award winning broadcast journalist with more than 20 years of experience. His career spans television, radio and print coverage of international news and current affairs in both South Africa and Australia. Anton is currently the nightly news anchor for SBS World News Australia.
Anton began his broadcasting career at the South African national broadcaster, SABC. He was part of the team that covered South Africa’s historic return to democracy in 1994 and spent seven years as a correspondent for CNN World Report, where he won Best International Report and also won the prestigious Bokmakierie Award for radio current affairs.
Before leaving South Africa, Anton presented the SABC’s major evening national news bulletin. Anton has been presenting SBS World News Australia bulletins since 1999 and special SBS news events such as the 2003 nightly Iraq War program, the live studio debate on the Cronulla race riots as the stand-in host of SBS TV’s ‘Insight’ programme.
Professor Bogda Koczwara is a medical oncologist at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer in Adelaide and the National Breast Cancer Foundation Fellow. Her clinical interests revolve around management of breast cancer, survivorship care, psychooncology and supportive care and she has a particular interest in strengthening of the interface between specialist and primary care for cancer patients especially in rural Australia.
Professor Koczwara leads the Survivorship Program at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer. She is the Lead in Survivorship for the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Comprehensive Cancer Consortium and she leads the development and implementation of the survivorship framework for cancer patients in South Australia.
Professor Koczwara is the past President of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA), the peak cancer professional organisation in Australia and the past president of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA), the national professional organisation of medical oncologists. She is the initiator and the immediate past Chair the Australia Asia Pacific Clinical Oncology Research Development, a collaborative of international cancer organisations aimed at improving cancer research capacity in Australia and Asia Pacific.
Professor Koczwara has been recognized as a Member of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for her services to oncology through clinical practice, education and research and through a range of professional organisations.
Professor Mei Krishnasamy is Chair in Cancer Nursing in the Department of Nursing at the University of Melbourne, Research and Education Lead for Nursing for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Director of the Academic Nursing Unit at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.Her research focuses on the care experiences and health outcomes of people with rare and less common cancers, and the contribution of nurse-led cancer research to patient and family, organisation and system level outcomes. She has authored or co-authored competitive grants totalling $14m AUS and in 2018, was awarded $1M by the Victorian Government under the auspices of the VCCC to establish the first ever Australian Cancer Nursing Research Innovation Hub.