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.

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

Head, Cancer Research Program

Professor John Zalcberg OAM

Australian and New Zealand Thyroid Cancer Registry (ANZTCR)

Dr Liane Ioannou – Research Fellow
Elysia Greenhill – Registry Coordinator
Benjamin Brown – Data Manager
Claire Bavor – Research Assistant

Melanoma Team

Dr Victoria Mar – Melanoma Projects Academic Lead
Natalie Heriot – ACEMID Victorian Project Manager
Claire Zammit – ACEMID Project Officer

Melanoma Clinical Outcomes Registry (MelCOR)

Benjamin Roffey – Project Manager

National Gynae-Oncology Registry (NGOR)

Natalie Heriot – Registry Coordinator &
Project Manager
Amy Hatton – Research Assistant
Alice Sporik – Research Assistant


Dr Liane Ioannou – Research Fellow & Trial Coordinator
Lisa Brady – Nurse Coordinator
Tina Griffiths – Nurse Consultant
Bianka D'souza – Research Assistant
Carla Edgley – Research Assistant

Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Registry (UGICR)

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

Victorian Lung Cancer Registry (VLCR)

Margaret Brand – Project Manager
Dr Michael Stenger – Visiting Research Fellow

PhD Scholars

Dr Claire Felmingham
Nadia Khan
Tennille Lewin
Dr Mabel Yan

Honours Student

Udhaya Senthil Kumar