The New Zealand Association of Breast Cancer Research Incorporated
(Incorporated Society Registration No.: 2702871 and Charity Registration No.: CC56911)
The New Zealand Association of Breast Cancer Research (NZABC®) Incorporated was established at the inaugural New Zealand Breast Cancer Symposium (NZBCS), which was held from Sunday 12 - Tuesday 14 November 2017 in the Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Associate Professor Dong-Xu Liu from the Auckland University of Technology was elected as the founding President of the NZABC® at the first Annual General Meeting (AGM). The NZABC® is a non-profit scientific organisation for breast cancer research. The upside down heart shape in the logo resembles the breasts, and the two circles resemble a field of view of a microscopy. It conveys the meaning of "Our hearts are with those affected by breast cancer, and we at the NZABC® are United For a Breast Cancer Cure Through Research".
Vision of the NZABC®: United for a breast cancer cure through research.
Aims of the NZABC®: To promote basic and clinical research on breast cancer, stimulate national and international collaborations, and expedite the translation of laboratory discoveries into clinical applications, for improved treatment and life quality of those affected with breast cancer.
If you want to become a member of the NZABC®, the easiest way is to apply online through TryBooking.com by clicking the following 'Membership Application' button, which allows you to pay the membership fees by credit card.
If you have any queries about becoming a member of the NZABC®, please email email@example.com.
Membership contributions of the NZABC®: A NZ$20.00 of annual membership fee is required from all active members upon joining. A 50% discount is applied to a 5-year membership, i.e. only pay NZ$50.00 for a membership of 5 years. The collected fund is mainly for the purchase of a domain and services for hosting the NZABC® website. Members will enjoy a discounted registration fee for any future conferences organized by the NZABC®. All prices exclude GST.
Constitution of the NZABC®: A committee consisting of the Past President, the President, the Vice President, four standing members, the Secretary, the Treasurer and other roles as NZABC® shall decide, are elected during the NZBCS for a term of 3 years.
Functions of the NZABC®: To organise annual meeting/seminars attended by New Zealand researchers, and triennial New Zealand Breast Cancer Symposium (NZBCS) international conferences; To form a consortium for breast cancer research and make early preparations for a bid for the Government Centres of Research Excellence (CoRE) funding.
Headquarter of the NZABC®: It is based in the School of Science, the Auckland University of Technology, WS Building, 34 St Paul Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.
The first AGM was held at the Auckland University of Technology in Room WG607 during the inaugural New Zealand Breast Cancer Symposium on the 12th Day of November 2017. The Executive Committee of the NZABC® were elected. The current Executive Committee Members are as follows:
Current Committee Members: (in alpha-surname order)
Ian Campbell, Professor, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia. Tracy Hale, Institute of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. Euphemia Leung, Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, the University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. Dong-Xu Liu, Associate Professor, the Centre for Biomedical and Chemical Sciences, School of Science, the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Linda Peters, School of Science, the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Magdalena Ratajska, Department of Pathology, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand. Mak Sarwar, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand. Valance Smith, Ngāpuhi, Waikato
Assistant Pro Vice Chancellor, Māori Advancement, the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Zimei Wu, Professor, the School of Pharmacy, the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Past Committee Members: (in chronological order)
Evelyn Sattlegger, Associate Professor, Institute of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, the Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand. Served: Nov 2017 - Jun 2019. Katrin Kramer, Department of Pathology, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand. Served: Jun 2019 - Mar 2021. Holly Perry, School of Science, the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Served: Nov 2017 - Feb 2022.
NZABC® endeavours to give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Dr Valance Smith (Ngāpuhi, Waikato, Ngāti Haina, Ngāti Pākehā) is a new member of the NZABC whose objective is to support the committee to take leadership of its Tiriti obligations. Dr Smith obtained his MA from the University of Auckland and a PhD from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). He is Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor (Māori Advancement) and provides leadership of the Mātauranga Māori Strategy at AUT.
NZABC® continues to develop strong relationships with Māori. Dr Valance Smith and John Perrot were the Chief Executives of the Organising Committee of the inaugural NZ Breast Cancer Symposium in 2017 (NZBCS-2017). Irene Kereama-Royal from the Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand, gave a keynote talk at the 2019 NZ Breast Cancer Research Workshop.
Inequities in breast cancer between Māori and non-Māori are persistent in New Zealand. Māori women have a much higher incidence rate and worse treatment outcomes. To explore the contribution of environmental and behavioural factors to breast cancer in Māori, the New Zealand and Australian Breast Cancer Consortium for Epigenetic Discovery Program (NZABCC) was established at the NZBCS-2021. To our best knowledge, no studies have investigated the epigenetic profiles of breast cancer in New Zealand. The Consortium will call for support for epigenetic research on breast cancer. It aims to construct the epigenetic profiles of 1000 breast cancer patients at its initial stage. The aim of this programme is to continue to work with tangata whenua to improve health equity for Māori.
We encourage the voice of anyone and everyone to be heard. NZABC® will try the best to represent the entire research community in New Zealand. Therefore, we always welcome anybody who are willing to support us to join us as a member of the Association or attend the scientific workshops or symposiums, or any other events that organised by us.
According to the latest global cancer statistics published on February 4, 2021 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, female breast cancer has surpassed lung cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide, with an estimated 2.3 million new cases reported annually. Breast cancer is also the leading cause of cancer-related death among women and causes 685,000 deaths each year. The incidence rate of breast cancer in New Zealand is among the highest in the world. It affects one in nine New Zealand females in their lifetime. Somebody in your family or around you, who are directly or indirectly related to you, may have already been diagnosed with breast cancer. Although male breast cancer is rare, men may suffer from it at a much lower rate. In New Zealand, about 1 percent of all breast cancers are in men. According to the latest data published by NZ Ministry of Health, 3549 female and 23 male breast cancer new cases in 2018 and 680 breast cancer deaths in 2017 were recorded in New Zealand.
Research has played a critical role in reducing breast cancer incidence and mortality rates. The vision of the NZABC® is to be "United for a Cure Through Research" and make those with breast cancer live longer. We organise annual seminars and triennial New Zealand Breast Cancer Symposium (NZBCS) international conferences, aiming to promote breast cancer research, stimulate national and international collaborations, and expedite the translation of laboratory discoveries into clinical applications. Our work will result in better treatment and improved life quality of those affected with breast cancer. It does not matter who you are and what you are doing. As long as you have a special interest in breast cancer and wish to support breast cancer research, you are welcome to become a member of the NZABC® to offer your help.
The NZABC® is a membership-based non-profit organisation (Registration No.: 2702871) registered under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 of New Zealand. It is also a charitable entity (Registration No.: CC56911) registered under the Charities Act 2005 of New Zealand. You may want to make a donation to support breast cancer research. Since we are a non-profit organisation, all your donations will directly go to breast cancer research at a rate of 100% without any deductions of administration and management fees. You can use one of the following ways to make a donation:
1. Through online banking or bank transfer:
The easiest way to make a donation is through online banking or bank transfer. Our bank details are as follows:
Account Name: New Zealand Association of Breast Cancer Research Incorporated
Account Number: 03-0296-0456700-000
Bank Name and Branch: Westpac Auckland City, 79 Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand.
Please record "Your Name" and "Donation" in the "Message/Reference" field of your online banking.
To deposit money from overseas, you can either
Arrange a foreign cheque or bank draft, to be deposited into the account at a Westpac branch
Arrange a Telegraphic Transfer (TT)
A Telegraphic Transfer gets the funds into the New Zealand account within two days or so.
To arrange a Telegraphic Transfer, ask the initiating bank to send the money directly to:
Westpac New Zealand Limited
The initiating bank will need the name and number of the receiving account at Westpac.
Depending where it is based, the overseas bank may also ask for the following information:
SWIFT code: WPACNZ2W
SORT code: 030296
BSB number: 030296
IBAN number: Westpac New Zealand do not use IBAN numbers to receive funds.
NCC(National Clearing Code): 030296
Westpac’s corresponding bank for transfers from American banks is:
JP Morgan Chase Bank of New York, Manhattan New York, USA
Routing Number: 021 00 0021
Westpac Account Number: 0011 910 379
Please note there is a processing fee for Telegraphic Transfers, which will be deducted from the transaction itself (not from the account).
2. By cheque:
Please make your cheque payable to "New Zealand Association of Breast Cancer Research Incorporated" and post it to A/Prof Dong-Xu Liu, C-42, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, New Zealand.
3. By credit card:
The easiest way is to make a donation through TryBooking.com by clicking the following 'Donation via Credit Card' button.
Alternatively, please download the NZABC® Donation Form and fill out the credit card details and send the form, by post, to A/Prof Dong-Xu Liu, C-42, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, New Zealand, or via email
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