Cancer Research Program

The Cancer Research Program was formed in May 2014 in an effort to enhance the cancer research focus across the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine’s clinical and public health activities. The Program is led by Professor John Zalcberg, a medical oncologist and cancer researcher with over 20 years’ experience.

The Cancer Research Program primarily works to create and maintain clinical quality registries with a view to improving health care and patient outcomes. Within these registries, population-based data on diagnosis, treatment and outcomes is collected and assessed. The information is used to highlight variations in care, and is fed back to health services in benchmarked reports. By identifying areas for improvement, health services can implement changes to advance and streamline care.

The Cancer Research Program also includes a number of studies including randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that utilise established registry infrastructure and/or data, or relates to cancer-focused health services research. The Cancer Research Program is always looking to contribute to new research and encourages individuals interested in collaborating to contact the team at

The Cancer Research Program enjoys a strong connection with health service providers, patient advocacy groups, and policy makers. It is working at multiple levels to try to streamline the development of new projects and encourage the integration of research into day-to-day clinical practice.

Our Registries

Our Projects

  • PROpatient
  • Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ: Patterns of Care Study

PhD Opportunities

The Cancer Research Program invites potential PhD candidates interested in cancer health services research to apply to join our supportive group. Scholarships are available for Australian candidates. For information on our current PhD opportunities, please email

The Team

Professor John Zalcberg OAM – Head, Cancer Research Program
Emilia Agalianos – Executive Assistant to Professor John Zalcberg

Jennifer Holland – Registry Coordinator, UGICR
Dr Bronwyn Brown – Research Assistant, UGICR
Maddy Quinn – Research Assistant, UGICR
Tjuntu Muhlen-Schulte – Research Assistant, UGICR

Margaret Brand – Project Manager, VLCR
Dr Michael Stenger – Visiting Research Fellow, VLCR
Claire Zammit – Research Assistant, VLCR

Natalie Heriot – Registry Coordinator & Project Manager, NGOR
Amy Hatton – Research Assistant, NGOR

Elysia Greenhill – Registry Coordinator, ANZTCR
Claire Bavor – Research Assistant, ANZTCR

Dr Victoria Mar – Melanoma Projects Academic Lead
Dr Tine Vestergaard – Visiting Dermatologist, Melanoma Team
Dr Vanessa Keetley – Victorian Coordinator

Dr Liane Ioannou – Cancer Research Program Research Fellow
Lisa Brady – Cancer Nurse Coordinator, PROpatient
Julie Bonin – Research Assistant, PROpatient & UGICR

Nadia Khan – PhD Scholar
Tennille Lewin – PhD Scholar
Ashika Maharaj – PhD Scholar

Sobasha Perera – Honours Student
Jonathan Kim – Honours Student