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Science and Practice

THEMED ‘Science Informing Practice, Practice Informing Science’, this year’s Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association annual conference was opened on Monday at the University of South Australia. In his opening address Professor Ian Olver, the CEO of the Cancer Council Australia (pictured above) spoke of future developments for cancer over the next decade with a focus on its detection and treatment. Olver highlighted important developments in the evidence related to the prevention of cancer – in particular the ability to screen tumours for genetic mutations that will provide the focus of more targeted future treatments. Olver also spoke on the challenges in maintaining the currency of information and evidence about cancer diagnosis, screening and treatment. Web-based digital technology innovations by the Cancer Council to meet this challenge include the Mediawiki Cancer Guidelines which provide real time access to evidence on the best care for cancer, reducing the lag time between evidence generation and dissemination, as well as the Cancer Council’s iheard website which addresses myths related to cancer causes and treatments and allows people to submit questions and have them answered by experts. THEMED ‘Science Informing Practice, Practice Informing Science’, this year’s Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association annual conference was opened on Monday at the University of South Australia. In his opening address Professor Ian Olver, the CEO of the Cancer Council Australia (pictured above) spoke of future developments for cancer over the next decade with a focus on its detection and treatment. Olver highlighted important developments in the evidence related to the prevention of cancer – in particular the ability to screen tumours for genetic mutations that will provide the focus of more targeted future treatments. Olver also spoke on the challenges in maintaining the currency of information and evidence about cancer diagnosis, screening and treatment. Web-based digital technology innovations by the Cancer Council to meet this challenge include the Mediawiki Cancer Guidelines which provide real time access to evidence on the best care for cancer, reducing the lag time between evidence generation and dissemination, as well as the Cancer Council’s iheard website which addresses myths related to cancer causes and treatments and allows people to submit questions and have them answered by experts.