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From Your Regional Leadership

Welcome to the Australian & New Zealand region of ISCT!

It is such an exciting time to be part of the global field of cellular and gene therapies. One of the things I value most about ISCT is the fact that this is a Society for everyone, bringing together research scientists, technologists, clinicians, regulatory affairs and industry partners, all with the common goal of providing worlds’ best therapies for patients. It is a Society that aims to educate, collaborate, translate research to therapies and foster the development of students and early stage professionals. The ANZ region of ISCT is comprised of members who are energetic, enthused and engaged. In mid-November 2018 the ISCT ANZ Regional Meeting will be held in Sydney, show-casing local and international progress in “Next Generation Cell and Gene Therapies”. This will also provide an opportunity to liaise with TGA and industry.

We are thrilled that the Antipodeans will once again host the ISCT Annual Meeting, this time in Melbourne, my home town, from the 29th May – 1st June, 2019. This will be a great opportunity for the whole of the ANZ region to come together and interact with our Asian-Pacific neighbours, along with colleagues and friends from all over the world. So get online now and register at!

It is a privilege to serve the region in my role as Regional VP. I am supported by an experienced and wonderful regional executive team. Together we are here to serve the local members of the Society, so please feel free to contact us at any time and let us know what we can do for you, and what support is needed to improve cell and gene therapies throughout Australia and New Zealand.

See you in Melbourne!

Ngaire Elwood, PhD
ISCT Australia and New Zealand Regional Vice-President
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute


2018 - 2019 Regional Executive Committee Members

Ngaire Elwood, PhD
Regional Vice-President
June 2018 - June 2020
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Melbourne, Australia
Rajiv Khanna,PhD AO
Regional Vice-President Elect
June 2018 - June 2020
Senior Principal Research Fellow (NH&MRC) QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute Australia
Vicki Antonenas, BSc, MSc
Regional Secretary
June 2017 - June 2020
Westmead Hospital
Sydney, Australia

Cheryl Hutchins, BSc (Hons I), PhD
Regional Treasurer
June 2017 - June 2020
Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital Brisbane, Australia


Dominic Wall, PhD, FFSc (RCPA)
Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee
June 2014 - June 2016
Peter MacCallum Cancer Center
East Melbourne, VIC,Australia

Annette Trickett, PhD, MappSc, FIBMS
Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee
June 2014 - June 2016
Prince of Wales Hospital
Randwick, NSW,Australia

Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee: ANZ  Click here to view 


Upcoming Regional Events


ISCT ANZ Regional Meeting 2018 - Sydney, Australia
November 16, 2018
Crowne Plaza Hotel Coogee NSW
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Past Events

Biotherapeutics Association of Australia
September 12-13, 2018
Cliftons Conference Suite, Sydney, Australia
Read More

BAA 2017 - Auckland, New Zealand

November 1 - 3, 2017

Read More


BMTSAA - Sydney, Australia

Sunday, October 29, 2017
ISCT Officers Presented: Cheryl Hutchins, 
Vicki Antonenas, Annette Trickett, Marian Sturm


TGA Liaison Meeting - Brisbane, Australia
September 15, 2017
Read More


The ANZ LRA welcomes member comments on all submissions. Please send to


June Update - Click Here

April Update - Click Here

February Update - Click here


December Update - Click here

November Update - Click here

September Update - Click here

June Update - Click here

May - Revision of TGO 75 Standard for Haematopoietic Progenitor Cells Derived from Cord Blood - Click here

April Update - Click here

February Update Click here


December Update - Click here

August Update - Click here


ISCT ANZ 2018 Regional Meeting

“Next Generation Cell and Gene Therapies”

Save the Date Flyer Click here


November 16, 2018  


Crowne Plaza Hotel Coogee NSW

242 Arden St, Coogee NSW 2034, Australia


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Prof John EJ Rasko (ISCT President), Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW
  • Dr Sarah Nikiforow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA
  • Dr Ken Micklethwaite, The Westmead Institute for Medical Research, NSW


Program - Click Here


Key Dates:

Registration - Now Open


Click Here to Register Now


Contact email:




ISCT 2019 Melbourne

Mark your calendars, ISCT will be returning to Australia for the Society's Annual Meeting in 2019!

May 29 - June 1 2019

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006, Australia


Congratulations to Zlatibor Velickovic, PhD from Sydney, Australia and Carrie van der Weyden, MBBS from Victoria, Australia, selected as International Scholars at the Cell Therapy Training Course held in Seattle from October 23-27, 2017! Click here to view




Past Meetings

November 12, 2016

Melbourne, Victoria

2016 Regional Meeting 
ProgramClick here

October 16- 17, 2015

Adelaide, South Australia

2015 Regional Meeting 
Program - Click here

November 9 - 11, 2014

Lorne, Australia

2014 Regional Meeting

2013 Annual Meeting

April 22 - 25, 2013
Auckland, New Zealand

Program - Click here

Presentations and Abstract Book (members only) Click here

October 30 – November 2, 2011

Sydney, Australia

2011 Regional Meeting

April 29- May 1, 2010

Bunker Bay, West Australia

2010 Regional Meeting

October 17, 2009

Adelaide, Australia

Australasia 2009 Regional Meeting 

June 24 - 27, 2007

Sydney, Australia 

 2007 Annual Meeting


Past Webinars

October 19, 2016 A New Dawn of Stem Cell Medicine or Unfettered Patient Exploitation? Lessons from Unregulated Clinics in Australia and Japan
August 21, 2014 Cardiac ANZ 
October 16, 2013 Generation of Antigen-Specific T Cells

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