Here's a little snippet of the latest happening at the emPoWeR Unit!
Dr Peate at the IPOS Conference (Dublin, Ireland)
Dr Peate speaking at the Fourth Victorian Psycho-Oncology Research Conference held at the VCCC
Dr Peate at the Meet the Scientists event held at the Royal Women's Hospital
Victorian Integrated Cancer Services (VICS) Conference 2017
The third annual VICS Conference was held on the 11th and 12th May at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The theme for the conference was Optimal Care in Cancer and covered various topics including primary care, survivorship and optimal cancer treatment.
Dr Michelle Peate was invited to present on the fertility preservation support tools being developed by the emPoWeR unit, specifically the aLLIAnCE and FoRECAsT projects. She was awarded the Adjudicators Choice for Best Oral Presentation at the conference.
The inaugural Royal Women's Hospital (RWH) Research Week was held from the 21st to the 24th of November 2016. It was a great opprtunity to explore the diverse range of clinical and translational research undertaken at the hospital from our own international experts, early careers researchers, and research students. Research week brought together clinical and scientific research experts in womens and newborns health.
Awards were given the to the best Early Career Researcher, best Poster and the best Student Presentation. We are excited to announce that one of our students, Sadunee Jayasuriya, was awarded the best Student Poster.
The Fourth Victorian Psycho-Oncology Research Conference
Recently we attended both the Survivorship Conference and Victorian Psycho-Oncology Research Conference organised by the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Council (VCCC). Held over 13th and 14th of October they explored new research in the field of cancer survivorship and the challenges of life after cancer. It was a great opportunity to listen to expert researchers in Australia and other nations.
Dr Peate was among the list of speakers and shared the research that is currently in progress and what we hope to achieve in the coming months. You can find her presentation here.
Meet the Scientists Event at the Royal Women's Hospital
In February of 2017, Meet the Scientist event was held at the Royal Women’s Hospital. It was a unique opportunity that allowed 180 high school girls to visit the hospital and meet our female scientists and find out all about their research. With recent statistics indicating that men are more likely to pursue a career in science, this was a great opportunity for young women to be encouraged and see the practical help science can offer to better our society.
Dr Michelle Peate was among these scientists and proudly represented the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as the emPoWeR Unit.
On the 4th of November Dr Michelle Peate was invited to speak at a Pink Ribbon Breakfast event held at Carey Baptist Grammar School (Kew). Dr Peate shared a little bit about her research and its significance. It was an opportunity to share with the group the challenges encountered due to limited funding and the importance of fundraising events such as Pink Ribbon Breakfasts in order to support vital research.
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18th International Psycho Oncology Society Congress (IPOS)
The 18th International Psycho Oncology Society (IPOS) Congress was held in Dublin, Ireland from the 17th to the 21st October 2016. The congress theme for this year was 'Psycho-oncology, Science, Art & Practice - Bridging the Gap' and saw the attendance of many national and international psycho-social researchers.
Dr Peate was among the attendees and was given the opportunity to present the work carried by the emPoWeR Unit in the fields of psycho-oncology and onco-fertility. As Deputy Chair of the Early Career Professionals Programme (ECPP) committee, Dr Peate was also heavily involved in the Early Career events throughout the congress.
In the Media
Dr Peate on Herald Sun
Dr Michelle Peate appeared on the Hearld Sun in 2015, in an article titled The Talented Young Melbournians on their Way to the Top. The article featured many young men and women who are making a difference to the community and making Melbourne proud.
During the interview Dr Peate shared her passion and what drives her to do what she does.
Annually around 800 women, below the age of 40, are diagnosed of breast cancer and a majority of these women have not yet compelted their families. The toxicity of cancer treatment can damage the ovaries leaving many women infertile.
During an interview on the Age, Dr Peate discussed the fertility calculator that is currently under development and the difference it can make to those who are going through this difficult time.