NSW Fellow Forum 2023

The Cancer Institute NSW is proud to host the 2023 Fellow Forum taking place in Sydney on Wednesday 31st May 2023.

The Forum provides an opportunity to hear from esteemed researchers and build networks amongst research peers.

The focus of the day will be collaboration, networking and career development through presentations and an interactive workshop.

This event is by invitation only.

The Program


Program and Presenter



Morning Tea and Networking 11.00am Network with your peers
Welcome to Country 11:40am Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council
Opening Welcome 11:50am Professor Tracey O’Brien, Cancer Institute NSW
Presentation – Professor Nikola Bowden 12:00pm Professor Bowden will share her experiences in building collaborations at local, state, national and international levels. She will discuss differences in undertaking research in regional and metro locations.
Keynote Address – Professor Paul Timpson and Professor Tri Phan 12:25pm Professor Timpson and Professor Phan will share their experiences and advice on partnerships and collaboration in research.
Lunch 1.10pm
Workshop – Dr Narelle Tunstall 2:00pm This workshop aims to empower attendees to articulate their research goals and identify and prioritise stakeholders who can help them on their journey.
Networking 3.30pm

Our speakers


Professor Paul Timpson

Professor Paul Timpson, Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Strategic Program Co-lead Tumour Ecosystems and Laboratory Head (Faculty) - Invasion and Metastasis, Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

Conjoint/Adjunct Role(s), Conjoint Senior Lecturer, St Vincent's Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Australia.

Paul completed his PhD with Prof Margaret Frame at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, UK in 2002 where he assessed the interplay between Src family kinases and the actin cytoskeleton during cancer cell invasion, focusing on the role of Rho family GTPases. (Show more)


Professor Phi Tran

Professor Tri Phan, Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Professor Tri Phan co-leads the Precision Immunology Program, Garvan Institute of Medical Research. He co-leads the ACRF INCITe Centre for Intravital Microscopy and heads the Intravital Microscopy and Gene Expression (IMAGE) Lab. He is clinical immunologist at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney. His lab uses clinical genomics, single cell multi-omics, CRISPR gene editing, genetic mouse models and intravital microscopy to look into the dark spaces of cancers.


Professor Nikola Bowden

Professor Nikola Bowden, The University of Newcastle

Professor Nikola Bowden is Co-Director of the University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute Centre for Drug Repurposing and Medicines Research and the Vanessa McGuigan HMRI Fellow in Ovarian Cancer Research. She was recently appointed as the Chief Investigator of the NSW Regional Cancer Research Network, a Cancer Institute NSW Translational Cancer Research Capacity Building Grant. (Show more)


Dr Narelle Tunstall

Dr Narelle Tunstall, Empirical Research Development

Narelle is passionate about supporting researchers. She is an experienced Research Manager and accredited Career Development Practitioner, with a love of great grant writing!

Narelle’s research management and grants experience extends across numerous Australian Universities.(Show more)