Brisbane is set to welcome 2,000 of the world’s leading cancer experts in a first-time event for Australia.
The World Congress of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS) will take place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in 2026.
The congress aims to raise the global benchmark for the care and treatment of patients with head and neck cancer. And the successful bid is expected to generate $4.8 million for the Queensland economy.
Professor Porceddu said the Congress, expected to attract some of the world’s most eminent surgeons, oncologists, scientists, researchers and allied health workers in the field of head and neck cancer, will be a game changer for Brisbane and Australia.
"It will cement Brisbane and Queensland as a major cancer research hub," Porceddu said.
"Key factors in selecting Brisbane as the host city are its world-leading institutions and great minds in cancer research, including being home of the Gardasil vaccine for cervical cancer."
It is hoped the congress will bring a major legacy to the local community with visiting world leaders expected to spend time in rural, remote and indigenous communities in northern Australia.
The visit will offer insight into issues in areas with high rates of cancer and examining the role tele-oncology might play in these communities.
BCEC General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe said: "The centre’s long-term partnerships and close collaboration with Brisbane’s research and scientific communities, through its highly successful Convention Advocates Partnership, play a significant role in attracting these peak international scientific meetings to Australia."
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