AGITG 2023 Wrap-Up with Katie Garman and Ben Lawrence

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How can we change our inner worlds alongside our healthcare systems? How can we integrate trust and kindness into research projects? How can we build more equity into gastrointestinal cancer care?

These were some of the innovative and fascinating topics discussed at the recent AGITG 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting held in Christchurch, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

To review the meeting, our Host Rachael Babin is joined by the Co-Convenor Dr Ben Lawrence, Medical Oncologist practising in Auckland.  And international guest speaker, Associate Professor Katherine Garman, Vice Chief of Research in the Division of Gastroenterology at Duke University in Durham North Carolina, USA.

We hope you enjoy listening.

Visit the AGITG ASM website here.

Guests + Host:

Associate Professor Katherine Garman

Katie Garman

Katherine S. Garman – MD, MHS, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina in the United States. After attending Yale University as an undergraduate, she joined Duke’s School of Medicine, where she completed her medical degree and the Clinical Research Training Program with a master’s degree in health sciences.  She remained at Duke for clinical training in internal medicine, including a year as Chief Resident, followed by gastroenterology fellowship before joining Duke’s faculty. She is a practicing gastroenterologist and Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association.

At Duke, she serves as Vice Chief of Research in the Division of Gastroenterology, and she co-leads the Duke Cancer Institute’s program in Cancer Risk, Detection, and Interception. As a translational scientist, her research focuses on the pathogenesis of oesophageal and gastric cancers with a strong emphasis on enrolling diverse cohorts of patients into human research studies.

Connect with Katie on X: @ksgarman1

Dr Ben Lawrence

Ben Lawrence

Dr Ben Lawrence – New Zealand MBChB MSc FRACP Clinical Senior Research Fellow, University of Auckland and Medical Oncology Consultant, Auckland District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand

Ben graduated from the University of Otago with a BSc with first class honours and an MSc with Distinction. He then completed his medical degree at the University of Auckland in 2003, and registered as a specialist in 2011.

He has been recognised with several prizes and scholarships. In 2008 he was awarded the Gavin and Ann Kellaway Medical Research Fellowship to support his time as a Drug Development Scholar at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Scottsdale Arizona, USA. In 2009 he was awarded the Murray Jackson Clinical Fellowship and completed his two-year Research Fellowship at Yale University in Connecticut, USA.

Ben returned to Auckland in 2012 to work as both a Medical Oncologist at Auckland Hospital and as a Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Auckland.

Rachael Babin

Rachael Babin

Rachael Babin is Host of The Oncology Podcast, Editor-in-Chief of The Oncology Newsletter,  and Publisher of Oncology News Australia and The Oncology Network.

With a background in oncology communications and academic publishing, Rachael is happiest sitting behind the mic chatting to interesting people about the impact their work makes in oncology.

Connect with us on X here: @OncologyNewsAus


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The ONA Editor curates oncology news, views and reviews from Australia and around the world for our readers. In aggregated content, original sources will be acknowledged in the article footer.

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