We are proud to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of GI CONNECT, a group of 30 experts from 15 countries who develop independent medical education programmes to share insights on practice-changing data and developments in the field of GI oncology.

 

Over the past 10 years, the GI CONNECT medical experts have regularly attended and reported on major oncology conferences, including ASCO and ESMO, explored issues and challenges facing GI oncology teams worldwide, and addressed topics such as:

 

 

 

Our aim has always been to create engaging, easy-to-digest educational programmes to fit into the busy schedules and lives of practising GI oncology clinicians. With this in mind, we have created a library of medical education programmes in a variety of formats, including:

  • Interactive patient case studies
  • Clinical topic videos
  • Published manuscripts
  • Congress highlights in GI oncology
  • Accredited e-learnings
  • Podcasts (audio and video)
  • Expert Knowledge Share

 

As we mark this important milestone, we want to recognise the contribution of every member of GI CONNECT and thank you, our audience of busy healthcare professionals, for supporting us along the way. 

Here's to the next 10 years! 🎉

 

More about GI CONNECT

GI CONNECT is a group of international experts in the field of GI Oncology who share the latest scientific and clinical insights through a range of independent medical education programmes to help support healthcare professionals globally to provide the best possible care to their patients.

GI oncology programmes from GI CONNECT: Educational objectives

Following this educational programme, healthcare professionals will:

  • Be aware of the different educational programmes developed by GI CONNECT and embed learnings into clinical practice
  • Know the latest developments in GI cancers and be able to implement these insights into clinical practice

Dr Gerald Prager is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Board Certified for Internal Medicine Board and Certified for Haematology and Medical Oncology. In 2009, he received his M.D. from the University of Vienna. Currently, Dr Prager is Director of the Colorectal Cancer Unit of the Department of Medical Oncology at the Medical University of Vienna. He is also a member of the ESMO 2014 Scientific Committee. The research interest of his lab focuses on (tumour-) angiogenesis via regulation of endothelial cell survival and migration by cell / extracellular-matrix interaction. Through his clinical training in haemato-oncology, he became a member of the sought-after group of medical researches. He achieved his expertise in international renowned labs at University of California, San Diego, the Norris Cancer Center, Los Angeles and the Department of Vascular Biology, Mississippi University for Women (MUW). His work is honoured by 19 international awards and resulted in publications in international highly renowned journals. Dr Prager’s young research group is embedded in an international cancer research campus associated with Medical University of Vienna (MUV).

Assoc. Prof. Gerald Prager has received financial support/sponsorship for research support, consultation, or speaker fees from the following companies:

Amgen, Arcus, Astellas, AstraZeneca, Bayer, BMS, CECOG, Incyte, Lilly, MSD, Merck Serono, Pierre Fabre, Roche, Servier, Takeda

 

 

Dr Joleen Hubbard is Deputy Director of Clinical Research and Academic Affairs for the Allina Health Cancer Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She was previously Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology at Mayo Clinic. She completed medical school and residency at the University of Minnesota and haematology/oncology training at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Dr Hubbard specialises in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers, focusing on colorectal cancer. Dr Hubbard is the PI of several phase I clinical trials, investigating novel agents for gastrointestinal cancers. Her research interests also include geriatric oncology with a special interest in clinical and biologic markers of frailty. She serves as a member of the Cancer in the Elderly, as well as the Health Reported Outcomes and Translational Research committees for the North American Alliance of Clinical Trials in Oncology Network. 

Assoc. Prof. Joleen Hubbard has received financial support/sponsorship for research support, consultation, or speaker fees from the following companies:

Advisory boards: Bayer, Merck, BeiGene, Incyte

Research funding to institution: Merck, Boston Biomedical, Treos Bio, Senhwa Pharmaceuticals, Bayer, Incyte, TriOncology, Seattle Genetics, Hutchison MediPharma, Pionyr Immunotherapeutics, Trovogene, G1 Therapeutics, Roche

Dr Thomas Winder is board certified for haematology and medical oncology. Since January 2020 he has been Head of the Department for Haematology and Oncology at the University Teaching Hospital Feldkirch, Austria. In addition, since 2017 he has been President of the Swiss Tumor Molecular Institute in Zürich Switzerland. Dr Winder’s research focuses on molecular markers to individualize medical treatment of cancer patients. He achieved his expertise in internationally renowned laboratories at University of Southern California, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles and University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland. His research activity has been honoured by several national and international awards and high impact publications.

Dr Andrea Sartore-Bianchi is head of Clinical Molecular Oncology at the Department of Hematology & Oncology, Niguarda Cancer Center, Milano, Italy. He completed his medical degree at the University of Pavia in 1999, and undertook specialist training at IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo. After completing his doctoral studies, he conducted preclinical research at the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Experimental Cancer Therapeutics in the Department of Medicine at Brown University, Rhode Island, USA. Dr Sartore-Bianchi’s main clinical and research interests include the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers, particularly colorectal carcinomas, focusing on biomarkers of sensitivity/resistance to molecular-targeted therapies and on the epidermal growth factor receptor signal transduction pathway. He is principal and co-investigator in Phase I-II-III clinical trials for gastrointestinal malignancies, and first author of research articles in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research and PLoS One. Currently, he is adjunct Professor for the School of Specialization in Oncology and Pharmacology at the University of Milano. He has been listed among the top 30 authors of primary research papers on cancer.

Prof. Andrea Sartore-Bianchi has received financial support/sponsorship for research support, consultation, or speaker fees from the following companies:

Amgen, Bayer, Sanofi and Servier Pharmaceuticals. 

Prof. Dr Dominik Modest studied medicine at the Charité in Berlin, Germany and at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Currently, after 10 years at the LMU in Munich, Germany, he is a physician at the Charité Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Germany. His research activities focus on metastatic colorectal cancer and include the concept and coordination of trials for the FIRE study group and the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Internistische Onkologie (AIO). Prof. Dr Modest also coordinates the translational research components of these trials, aiming to identify prognostic and predictive biomarkers of metastatic colorectal cancer. His research has been published in several papers in scientific journals. In 2015, he received a postdoctoral qualification on factors for personalisation of metastatic colorectal cancer therapy and a full professorship in 2020.  Prof. Dr Modest is an active member of several national and international cancer associations and served as spokesman for the Young Medical Oncologists of the AIO until 2014.

Dr Dominik Modest has received financial support/sponsorship for research support, consultation, or speaker fees from the following companies:

Amgen, Merck, Servier, Pierre Fabre, Sanofi, Lilly, Onkowissen, AstraZeneca, MSD, BMS, Seagen and GSK

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