Brisbane attracts global melanoma experts

BCEC

Queensland’s world-leading research and ground-breaking work in the area of melanoma and melanoma management was front and centre at the event, which was held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) from October 18-21.

The world’s leading melanoma minds were among 1500 delegates who met in Brisbane to discuss the latest developments in the diagnosis, treatment and research of melanoma, which kills more than 1700 Australians every year.

With Queensland recording the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world and melanoma killing more young Australians than any other single cancer, the congress provides a global platform bringing together the world’s foremost researchers, medical practitioners and health professionals from 53 countries.

Brisbane’s key convention partners, Brisbane Marketing and Tourism and Events Queensland, led by the team at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, helped secure the highly regarded world congress for Brisbane.

A group of three BCEC Convention Advocates led by Professor H. Peter Soyer were the main architects of the congress.

Prof Soyer, Congress Co-President, said the congress pushed forward new medical and scientific discoveries and treatment which would help transform melanoma prevention, diagnoses and treatment worldwide.

“We are working towards a world without melanoma,” Prof Soyer said.

BCEC General Manager Bob O’Keeffe said the centre was privileged to host the congress, which was of such importance and held so much hope for Queenslanders and Australians.

“The value of these events to Brisbane and Queensland, both in knowledge sharing and profile, is enormous.”

Mr O’Keeffe said securing the joint congress for Brisbane was further evidence of the enduring legacy of the centre’s successful Convention Advocates Program and was the 13th advocate-led conference at the centre this year.

Brisbane Convention Bureau Acting General Manager Juliet Alabaster said that as Australia’s New World City, Brisbane offered congress delegates an enriching and enjoyable experience.

“In addition to being a centre for excellence in melanoma research, Brisbane is arguably the world’s most welcoming city with exceptional meeting facilities and an ever-increasing list of dining and cultural attractions for delegates to enjoy during their stay,” Ms Alabaster said.