Thank you to the following chairs

Dr Simone Petrich

Simone graduated from Heidelberg University, Germany, in 1997 and received her Medical Doctorate the same year. She trained as an obstetrician and gynaecologist in Germany, which included breast diseases. Working in New Zealand she provides care in obstetrics and gynaecology as well as working as a breast surgeon at Dunedin Hospital. The main focus of her work is oncology. She established the genetics meeting in Dunedin for gynaecology and breast, is lead colposcopist, accredited breast surgeon for the breast screening program and fellow of the RANZCOG. Her academic interests are reflected in her commitment as a senior clinical lecturer for the University of Otago in Surgery as well as O&G and involvement in a number of research projects in the areas of CIN, BRCA as well as breast and gynaecological cancers.

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Dr Rosalynd Pochin

Ros is a Breast and Endocrine surgeon in Nelson and has worked in this role, both in public and private for 14 years.
She set up the first family history clinic in the region.
Ros is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a member Breast Surganz group as well as the New Zealand Association of General Surgeons.
She is an elected member of the Aotearoa New Zealand National Committee (AoNZNC) .
She is an active surgical educator directing , instructing and writing college courses forr RACS, as well as currently undertaking her Masters in Surgical Education through Melbourne University.
She is a member of the NZFBOC group and on the organising committee.

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Dr Vanessa Lau

Vanessa is a Research Fellow at the University of Otago Christchurch. Her research focuses on cancer prevention by increasing our understanding of the genetic variants that alter risk and developing novel preventative strategies. Dr Lau manages the New Zealand Familial Breast Cancer Study, which is the New Zealand node of the world leading ENIGMA (Evidence-based Network for the Interpretation of Germline Mutant Alleles) and CIMBA (Consortium of Investigators of Modifiers of BRCA1/2) consortia.

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Fay Sowerby

Fay is Chair of Breast Cancer Cure (2009-Present) which has funded close to $11M of breast cancer research, Secretary of Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (2015-Present) which represents, informs and supports New Zealanders and their families at risk of or experiencing breast cancer, a member of Breast Cancer Trials Communications and Fundraising Committee (2017-Present), a Steering Committee Member of Enhancing New Zealand’s Clinical Trials Infrastructure and member of a National Clinical Trials Alliance along with active membership of Breast SIG and New Zealand Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer Group.

A business and change strategist for over 20 years with KPMG and KPMG Consulting, Fay sees opportunities to make improvements across the breast cancer pathway so that all New Zealanders increasingly live with and not die from breast cancer. Fay was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 having found it symptomatically.

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