Preserving hearing in children with hepatoblastoma

Event details


  • McCusker Auditorium, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, QEII Medical Centre
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Date and time

  • 11 June 2019, 12.30-1.30pm

Event type

  • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


  • Academics
  • Current students
  • Domestic
  • Future students
  • International
  • Graduates or near graduates
  • Postgraduate
  • Undergraduate

Event Fee

  • Free


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Hear from Derek Roebuck, Professor of Paediatric Radiology at UWA on 'Preserving hearing in children with hepatoblastoma.'

Over the last few decades there have been spectacular advances in the treatment of hepatoblastoma, the most common malignant liver tumour of childhood, and now most Australian children who develop this disease will be cured.  Unfortunately cure often comes at a price, and many children develop severe hearing loss as an adverse effect of one of the drugs used in their treatment.  This lecture tells the story of the history of treatment of hepatoblastoma, and recent successes in preventing hearing loss in affected children.

Professor Derek Roebuck graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1984.  He has come to Perth to take up the position of Professor of Paediatric Radiology at the University of Western Australia and Perth Children's Hospital after 19 years in England, where he worked as consultant paediatric interventional radiologist and more recently Head of Clinical Service (Radiology) at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London. Prior to his time in England he was Associate Professor in Radiology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Roebuck has also worked in New South Wales and the United States.

One of Professor Roebuck’s major medical interests is paediatric cancer, and he was Radiology Chair of the International Childhood Liver Tumour Strategy Group (SIOPEL) for over 15 years. He also has extensive experience in the treatment of children with renovascular disase and complex aerodigestive problems.

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