Familial Aspects of Cancer 2013

Monday, 26 August 2013 to Wednesday, 28 August 2013 from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, Australia


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The Family Cancer Clinics of Australia, COSA, The Australian Ovarian Cancer Study &

kConFab Meeting 2013


The final FAC programme is available for viewing.  The programme for the Wed. 28th part of the meeting is available on the InSiGHT programme here.


Although kConFab, the Family Cancer Clinics (FCCs) and AOCS are funded in very different ways and have no official connections, all three groups share a common interest in familial cancer. For example, kConFab recruits families at high genetic risk of breast and breast/ovarian cancer through FCCs located in every State and Territory of Australia. In one sense kConFab is the research arm of the FCCs. Similarly, kConFab and AOCS collaborate extensively in the recruitment and research laboratory analysis of Australian families with multiple cases of ovarian cancer. Many kConFab and AOCS members (www.kconfab.org) are health professionals (medical oncologists, surgeons, genetic counsellors, cancer specialists, research scientists) working in the Family Cancer Clinics and major research institutions through out Australia.

A joint annual meeting has particular value for the FCCs, kConFab and AOCS. It provides a forum to develop and discuss new research findings and implementation of technologies and clinical trials about families with multiple cases of breast, ovarian, melanoma, prostate and colorectal cancers. Previous meetings has allowed for both formal and formal presentations and group discussion by representatives from every major research institution in Australia on a wide variety of topics. 

Thus, it is with great pleasure, on behalf of all these groups we extend a warm invitation to our conference that will take place in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland. This year we are fortunate to be able to satellite the International meeting of InSiGHT - the International Society for Gastrointestinal and Hereditary Tumours that follows our meeting in the same venue.  The Wednesday 28th of August is a crossover day that both meetings share.  We encourage you to take the opportunity to attend the InSiGHT meeting and take out a joint registration package. 


Registration for our meeting begins on Sunday 25th August in the late afternoon and the meeting officially convenes on Monday 26th August and ends Wednesday 28th August around 5.00 PM. The InSiGHT meeting follows directly with their Welcome Reception on the evening of the 28th and the meeting to follow until Saturday 31st August around midday.

We therefore encourage you to participate by registering and submitting your abstract for an oral or poster presentation, or simply join us to meet others and learn the latest in Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genetics.  Some topics to be covered are:

  • Cancer risk prediction
  • Familial aspects of cancer
  • Risk management strategies including cancer prevention
  • Susceptibility genes, SNPs & associated targeted therapies
  • Psychosocial research
  • Mechanism of acquired resistance in cancer

You can do all this while enjoying the fantastic surroundings and experiences Cairns has to offer.

Registration to the conference also includes access to the InSiGHT crossover day on Wednesday 28th August and their Welcome Reception. An optional Welcome Boat Cruise after Registration on the Sunday night and an optional dinner on Tuesday night are also available. 

If you wish to attend the InSiGHT meeting also, you may also take out a joint registration package that includes both meetings (26th - 31st August) . You will then be able to attend the other InSiGHT social functions too which include the Gala Dinner at the Cairns Cruiseliner terminal and an optional excursion to Skyrail and Rainforestation nature park with a casual dinner.


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Invited Speakers

Diana Eccles

Prof of Chair of Cancer Genetics, University of Southampton, UK

David Goldgar

Dept. of Dermatology at the Univ. of Utah and member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences (CCPS) Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute, UT, United States

Diether Lambrechts

Head of the Laboratory of Translational Genetics, KU Leuven, Belgium

Magali Olivier

Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/CIRC), Lyon, France

Sean Tavtigian

Associate Professor, Oncological Sciences
Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, UT, United States



Abstract submission has now closed.


Poster Presentations

· The poster should be designed in a “portrait” format. 

· Maximum poster dimensions are 110 cm wide and 113 cm long.

· Please adhere to this size limit or else your poster will be covered by your neighbour’s!

· Posters should be mounted at the time of registration on the 28th August before the 1st coffee break. They will remain mounted for the duration of the meeting and can be taken down at the end of the day on the 30th August or after 11.00 am on the 31st August.  Poster sessions will be held during the InSiGHT portion of the meeting ONLY.  You need to be registered for InSiGHT to present your poster even if it was accepted for this meeting.




Cairns Convention Centre
Corner Wharf & Sheridan Streets
Cairns, Queensland, Australia






Sunday 25th August 2013

  • Familial Aspects of Cancer meeting Registration Opens TBA
  • Optional Boat Cruise

Monday 26th August 2013

  • Familial Aspects of Cancer meeting Registration 8.30 AM - 9.00 AM
  • Familial Aspects of Cancer meeting begins 9.00 AM

Tuesday 27th August 2013

  • Familial Aspects of Cancer meeting continues
  • Optional Dinner

Wednesday 28th August 2013

  • InSiGHT meeting Registration opens: 8.30 AM
  • Human Variome Project: themes related to cancer genetics/ InSiGHT crossover day
  • InSiGHT meeting Registration & Welcome Reception 6.00 - 8.00 PM
  • Familial Aspects of Cancer meeting ENDS 8.00 PM

Thursday 29th August

  • InSiGHT meeting Registration Open: 8.00 AM  - seperate registration required & joint registration for both meetings is available on this website
  • Meeting begins: 8.30 AM - 4.00 PM
  • Excursion begins: 4.00 PM (Optional Extra, tickets may be purchased during registration)

Friday 30th August

  • InSiGHT Meeting continues
  • Conference Dinner; Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, time TBA

Saturday 31st August

  • InSiGHT Meeting continues
  • Meeting ends: midday (TBC)
  • Optional Excursions available



All costs in Australian dollars. Fee includes administrative costs, coffee breaks, lunches, the InSiGHT crossover day (28th) and the InSiGHT Welcome Reception.  Registration for both meetings includes all the above plus access to the InSiGHT meeting that includes lunches, breaks and the Gala dinner.


Regular Delegate

EARLYBIRD (until 31st May 2013) - $555
EARLYBIRD plus InSiGHT Meeting combination (until 31st May 2013) - $1,200
REGULAR (from 1st June to 17th August 2013) - Add $100 to Earlybird
LATE (from 18th August 2013 onwards) - Add $200 to Earlybird

Nurse/Genetic Counselor/Student Delegates

EARLYBIRD (until 31st July 2012) - $455
EARLYBIRD plus InSiGHT Meeting combination (until 31st May 2013) - $995
REGULAR (from 1st June to 17th August 2013) - Add $100 to Earlybird
LATE (from 18th August 2013 onwards) - Add $200 to Earlybird


Accompanying Persons

Accompanying Persons are most welcome to attend the Optional Welcome Boat Cruise, or Tuesday Dinner and the InSiGHT Social Functions only if tickets have been pre-purchased. You can do this at the time of registration or by contacting the secretariat prior to the conference. Costs to be advised.


We have secured ample accommodation for all styles and budgets nearby the conference centre. Accommodation and travel details may be found on the "Accommodation" page of this website.

Traveling to Cairns

Cairns international airport has direct flights from Asia and Europe and is linked to North America via all major Australian cities so is easily accessible. The airport is only a short drive from the city centre and the convention centre. More information is available on the Travel & Visa Page (see tab above).

Internet Access

We will provide wifi access throughout the conference centre so encourage you to bring your laptops. 

Speaker Ready Room

All presenters MUST load their presentation into the appropriate session on the computer provided in the Speaker Ready Room at least 30 minutes PRIOR TO THE SESSION. We will not be chasing you - it is up to you to provide your presentation ON TIME!


Tours to the world heritage listed rainforest, great barrier reef, snorkelling, diving and more can be booked from our agent. Please visit their website.


Registration does not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that all delegates take out their own travel and medical insurance prior coming to the Conference. The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the Conference, or through cancellation of the Conference itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property, additional expense and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. Neither the Conference Secretariat nor the Organsing Committee will take any responsibility for any participant failing to insure. Please speak to your travel agent or airline in regard to this matter.