A/Prof Eliza Hawkes

Chief Clinical Research Officer, ONJCRI
Clinician Scientist, Tumour Targeting Laboratory
Medical Oncologist, Austin Health
Lymphoma Lead, Austin Health

I want to improve the lives of patients with lymphoma, not only by contributing to the global research efforts to improve disease-related outcomes, but also by reducing the exposure to toxicity from current treatments through tailored medical treatment and better survivorship care post-treatment.

My ultimate goal as the Chief Clinical Research Officer is to harness the power of all aspects of clinical research such as clinical trials, real-world registry research, qualitative studies and biomarker testing, and embed the laboratory science into our clinical care of patients more quickly.

At ONJCRI, we aim to do this through close relationships between scientists and clinicians, but also to help those who work in both laboratories and the clinic to achieve more, faster. We can do this through increased collaborations across Australia and Internationally but also with the support from research institutes, hospitals, researchers, clinicians and patients working together.

I completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Monash University followed by formal training as a Medical Oncologist in the care of cancer patients both in Melbourne and then via a five year clinical fellowship at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, UK. I am a Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Medical Oncology) and have a DMedSc from the University of Melbourne (Medicine). As an oncologist at Austin Health, my main areas of responsibility are to lead the care and manage patients with lymphoma and also treat gastrointestinal cancers.

My research expertise and interest is in clinical research, particularly designing new trials using novel therapies, but also incorporating biomarkers, imaging and patient-reported outcome measures to better understand how these new treatments affect patients. I also have a leadership role in our national Lymphoma and Related Diseases Registry, which is housed at Monash University.