2019 Annual Scientific Meeting

11th - 12th October 2019

The Canberra Rex Hotel, ACT


Professor Francis Hornicek

Professor and Chief Orthopaedic Oncologist,

UCLA, Los Angeles



Prof Francis Hornicek is the current Chief Orthopaedic Oncologist at the UCLA, Los Angeles. Prof Hornicek graduated with a B.A. in biology and mathematics from Washington and Jefferson College, earned his PhD in physics-biophysics from Georgetown University, and his MD from the University of Pittsburgh.


After completing his orthopaedic surgical internship and rehabilitation residency at the University of Miami, he went on to fellowships in Orthopaedic Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston. A fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Prof Hornicek has also had a long and distinguished academic career, beginning with Georgetown University and the University of Miami. He was a professor at Harvard Medical School and an endowed scholar at Massachusetts General.


Prof Hornicek's basic research efforts have focused on specific aspects of cell biology and more recently, molecular biology of sarcomas. He also focused on the development of new chemotherapeutic drugs isolated from marine organisms for the treatment of sarcomas.




Associate Professor Neeta Somaiah

Associate Professor

Director of Sarcoma Clinical Research

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas


A/Prof Neeta Somaiah is currently Director of Sarcoma Clinical Research at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas.


She received her MBBS (MD) at Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi University, India, and received her haematology-oncology training at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.


A/Prof Neeta has cared for a large number of sarcoma patients and has an in-depth understanding of the challenges of managing the various subtypes of sarcoma. She has 10 years of sarcoma clinical and research experience and her main clinical and research focus has been soft tissue sarcomas, specifically GIST and liposarcoma, and has national and international recognition as an expert in this field.





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