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About Lead Sites

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

305 Grattan Street, Melbourne Victoria

(03) 8559 5000

Peter Mac and the Parkville Precinct run a wide range of cancer clinical trials. 
Our clinical trial units test and improve new treatments, interventions, management strategies and treatment experiences from diagnosis to survivorship.

Project Team

Kim Coleman

VAPOR-C Project Manager

Department of Cancer Surgery

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Liz Crone

Research Nurse

Anaesthetic Research

Department of Cancer Surgery

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Centre for Biostatistics and Clinical Trials (BaCT)

VAPOR-C Data Management

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre


Professor David Story

Anaesthesia and Critical Care

University of Melbourne, Australia

Steering Committee Chair

Professor Sandy Heriot

Colorectal Surgery

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia

A/Professor Gavin Wright

Thoracic Surgery

St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Ms Sabine Braat


MCATS, University of Melbourne, Australia

Professor Daniel Sessler

Anaesthesia & Outcomes Research

Cleveland Clinic, USA

Professor Donal Buggy


University College Dublin, Ireland

Dr An Tran-Duy

Health Economics

MCATS, University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr Jonathan Hiller


Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia

Collaborative Researchers

A/Professor Erica Sloan

Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Dr Julia Dubowitz

PhD Candidate,

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Coordinating Principal Investigator

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Professor Bernhard Riedel




Bernhard is the Director of the Department of Anesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre; Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Integrated Critical Care Medicine and The Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology, University of Melbourne; Clinical Associate Researcher at the Cancer & Neural-Immune Research Laboratory, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.


Previous academic appointments included: Professor and Deputy Chair in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre (USA) and Professor in Cardiac Anaesthesiology at Vanderbilt University (USA); and Consultant Cardiac Anaesthesiologist at the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust (UK).


Bernhard’s academic interests focus on improving surgical outcomes, especially following cancer surgery. Bernhard’s collaborative research program to date has resulted in more than 60 research grants (>$12M), 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and 3 edited books (including ‘Acute Care of the Cancer Patient’).


Bernhard’s research interests have improved the understanding of perioperative factors that contribute to complications following major surgery—with strategies for enhanced risk stratification (including measuring functional capacity with cardiopulmonary exercise testing, assessing underlying endothelial dysfunction) and preoperative optimization (including prehabilitation with exercise therapy and haematinic optimization) to reduce complications after surgery.


Specific to the field of onco-anaesthesia, Bernhard’s research collaborative investigates the interaction of perioperative adrenergic-inflammatory response and anaesthetic technique on tumor-progression signaling on the potential long-term postoperative complication—cancer recurrence. Bernhard has been invited to lecture at more than 120 international conferences, including numerous plenary lectures or visiting professorships.


He is the recipient of 11 awards for research, teaching and quality improvement; including a Health Minister award for excellence in clinical quality improvement, and effective mentoring has resulted in more than 30 academic awards to mentees within his team. He currently oversees 4 PhD students and 2 Masters students.

Collaborative International Lead Institutions


Division of Cancer Surgery

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne

Centre for Biostatistics and Clinical Trials

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC)

Melbourne Clinical and Translational Sciences Platform (MCATS), University of Melbourne

St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

New Zealand

Auckland District Health Board, Auckland (Dr Doug Campbell and Dr Tim Short)


McMaster University, Hamilton (Professor P.J. Devereaux)

European Union

University College Dublin, Ireland (Professor Donal Buggy)

​United Kingdom

Imperial College and Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust, London, UK (Dr Nandor Marczin)


Cleveland Clinic (Professor Dan Sessler)

M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre (A/Prof Juan Cata)

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