Recently recognised as one of the international researchers who discovered new ways to treat solid tumours, Club Melbourne Ambassador Professor Andrew Scott has added another string to his bow being announced president of the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology (WFNMB).
Professor Scott is the first Australian in 20 years to be elected president with the announcement made while he was delegate boosting at the 2014 WFNMB Congress in Cancun, Mexico ahead of the 2018 event to be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).
With support from the Melbourne Convention Bureau, the Victorian State Government and Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine, Professor Andrew Scott led the congress bid and together won the event for the city, which is expected to attract more than 2500 delegates and generate over $13 million for Victoria.
His role as president will see him profile Melbourne’s expertise in nuclear medicine and biology, manage a strategic international program for the next four years to facilitate access to molecular imaging and therapy techniques to patients globally, and attract delegates to the 2018 WFNMB Congress.
“Nuclear medicine and biology has a rich history in both research and clinical implementation in Australia and Melbourne is providing leadership particularly in the areas of oncology and neuroscience,” Professor Scott said.
“Winning the 2018 congress has been energising for the nuclear medicine community; it will bring together specialists from all disciplines around the world and provide a forum for discussion on issues relating to health and the role of molecular imaging and therapy in both advanced and developing countries.”
Professor Scott was part of international team of scientists who released a paper in Cancer Research last month showing an antibody against the protein EphA3, found in the micro-environment of solid cancers, has anti-tumour effects.
As the host venue for the 2018 WFNMB Congress, MCEC Chief Executive Peter King said: “This is the first time in 24 years the congress has been held in Australia and highlights the leadership Melbourne has globally in nuclear medicine and biology.
“We’re looking forward to bringing people together from around the world to connect, share knowledge and importantly, leave lasting legacies for research and business.”
Chief Executive Officer of Melbourne Convention Bureau Karen Bolinger said: “MCB is proud to have identified this bid opportunity. An event such as this is testament to the strength of the science and medical sectors in Victoria.
“These sectors are a major drawcard for international associations looking for a destination to host their next major conference, which is evident from the calibre of events we have coming to our city in the next six years.
“I would like to thank all of our partners and members for their important contribution to the successful bid for the World Congress of the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology and the Victorian State Government for their ongoing support of the business events industry.”
Professor Scott is a Club Melbourne Ambassador, the Director of the Centre for Positron Emission Tomography at Austin Health, and Laboratory Head and Member of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. He also holds professorial appointments at La Trobe University and The University of Melbourne.
The Club Melbourne Ambassador Program is owned and led by MCEC with support and collaboration from Melbourne Convention Bureau and the Victorian State Government.
The elite thinkers and leaders of Club Melbourne have collectively helped to attract 87 international conferences, boosting the Victorian economy by more than $580 million since the program’s inception in 2005.