What we're funding in 2017

    NAME Dr. Phoebe Phillips
    CANCER TYPE Pancreatic cancer
    INSTITUTION University of New South Wales
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $200,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "We have developed a highly promising nano-medicine that could improve treatment for pancreatic cancer – the most chemotherapy resistant and deadly cancer in Australia..."

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    NAME Dr. Tobias Trahair
    CANCER TYPE Leukaemia
    INSTITUTION University of NSW, Children's Cancer Institute of Australia
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $200,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "This project aims to implement the laboratory capacity in Australia to rapidly identify high‐risk acute lymphoblastic leukaemia subtypes in children and teenagers..."

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    NAME Prof. Michelle Haber
    CANCER TYPE Leukaemia
    INSTITUTION University of NSW, Children's Cancer Institute of Australia
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $200,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "A promising new drug, CBL0137, blocks cancer cell growth by inhibiting the cancer‐associated protein, FACT. Leukaemia in infants is normally very hard to treat, despite intensive regimens..."

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    NAME Prof. Richard Lock
    CANCER TYPE Childhood cancer
    INSTITUTION University of NSW, Children's Cancer Institute of Australia
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $200,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "This project will develop optimal methods for rapid and accurate identification of drugs for effective treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults at risk of relapse or death from aggressive cancers..."

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    NAME Dr. Nicholas Huntington
    CANCER TYPE General
    INSTITUTION Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
    STATE Victoria
    GRANT TYPE $200,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "The project will investigate the mechanism behind our recent breakthrough discovery that inhibition of the natural killer cell checkpoint prevents tumour metastasis and lethality..."

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    NAME Prof. Murray Norris
    CANCER TYPE Neuroblastoma
    INSTITUTION University of New South Wales, Children's Cancer Institute of Australia
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $200,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "Childhood neuroblastoma, the most common cancer of infants, urgently needs new therapies. Our research has linked neuroblastoma development to “brown fat” tissue, the highest levels of which..."

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    NAME Prof. Andreas Strasser
    CANCER TYPE Brain cancer
    INSTITUTION Cure Brain Cancer
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $200,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "We aim to develop better therapies for brain cancers by combining existing cytotoxic drugs with our novel drugs that directly trigger cell death..."

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    NAME Dr. Jessica Duarte
    CANCER TYPE General
    INSTITUTION Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute
    STATE Victoria
    GRANT TYPE $125,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "Many cancers can be cured when detected early; however sensitive tools capable of detecting early-stage or residual diseases after surgery or treatment are often lacking..." 

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    NAME Dr. Pei Liu
    CANCER TYPE Neuroblastoma
    INSTITUTION University of New South Wales
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $125,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "I recently identified a new gene that is highly expressed in tumours from high-risk neuroblastoma patients. Suppressing the expression of this gene resulted in tumour eradication in mice..."

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    NAME Dr. Sarah Hayes
    CANCER TYPE Lung cancer
    INSTITUTION University of Sydney
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $125,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "Lung cancer is the second most common cancer and is a leading cause of mortality globally. Our project seeks to discover if levels of specific proteins in plasma or exhaled breath..." 

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    NAME Dr. George Sharbeen
    CANCER TYPE Pancreatic cancer
    INSTITUTION University of New South Wales
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $80,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease with only 7% of patients surviving 5 years after diagnosis. This project will use a novel nanoparticle to inhibit a key tumour-promoting gene..." 

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    NAME Dr. Jeremy Henson
    CANCER TYPE General
    INSTITUTION University of New South Wales
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $80,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "Targeted cancer cures can provide effective, low side-effect cures; however, they require identification of the appropriate target patient population for use in clinical trials..." 

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    NAME Prof. Maria Kavallaris
    CANCER TYPE Neuroblastoma
    INSTITUTION University of New South Wales
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $80,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "Advanced stage neuroblastoma is a highly aggressive childhood cancer and 5‐year survival rates are less than 35%. Due to toxic effects of therapy, survivors have life‐long health issues..."

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    NAME Professor John Rasko
    CANCER TYPE Endometrial
    INSTITUTION Centenary Institute
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $80,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "CTCF is an essential gene for the normal organisation of DNA in cells. Our team has discovered that CTCF is genetically deleted at high rates in the most aggressive and deadly types of endometrial cancer..."

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    NAME Dr. Daniel Carter
    CANCER TYPE Neuroblastoma
    INSTITUTION University of New South Wales
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $80,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "Neuroblastoma is a deadly childhood cancer. Unfortunately current chemotherapy drugs only provide short-lived benefits and neuroblastoma often relapses. We will analyse..." 

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    NAME Dr. Richard Mitchell
    CANCER TYPE Leukaemia
    INSTITUTION Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $80,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "Stem-cell transplantation remains the only available cure for children with high-risk, relapsed and refractory leukaemia. Only 25% of patients have a genetically matched sibling..."

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    NAME Prof. David McKenzie
    CANCER TYPE General
    INSTITUTION Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $80,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    We will design nanoparticles to seek and kill cancers throughout the body without side-effects. Agents to seek out cancers will guide the nanoparticle that also carries a chemotherapy drug...

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    NAME Dr. Maria Tsoli
    CANCER TYPE Childhood cancer
    INSTITUTION University of New South Wales
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $80,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma is the most aggressive of all childhood cancers. Standard treatment with radiotherapy is only palliative and chemotherapy has been ineffective due to the difficulty of the drugs to penetrate the brain..."

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    NAME Dr. Sarah Olsen
    CANCER TYPE Brain cancer
    INSTITUTION Wesley Medical Research
    STATE Queensland
    GRANT TYPE $50,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "The aim is to continue to expand the Queensland Brain Tumour Bank. As of July 2016 over 210 patients’ samples have been collected. Our long term goal is to collect biological samples..."

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    NAME Prof. Michelle Haber
    CANCER TYPE General
    INSTITUTION University of New South Wales, Children's Cancer Institute of Australia
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $50,000
    PROJECT TYPE Research

    "Cancer remains the most common cause of child death from disease in Australia, accounting for almost three deaths every week. Sample collection and biobanking is a key aspect..."

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    NAME New Bone Marrow Transplant Ward
    CANCER TYPE Bone cancer
    INSTITUTION Nelune Foundation
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $100,000
    PROJECT TYPE Support

    "The Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital provides an extremely vital service to the community and continues to break new ground in the field..."

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    NAME Autostaining and Robotic Coverslipping
    CANCER TYPE General
    INSTITUTION Hunter Medical Research Institute
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $100,000
    PROJECT TYPE Support

    "The Hunter Cancer Biobank requires a new CoverStainer to eliminate manual-handling bottlenecks in histopathology. The instrument will increase our capacity..." 

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    NAME OBS-CURE
    CANCER TYPE Breast cancer
    INSTITUTION Olivia-Newton John Cancer Research Institute
    STATE Victoria
    GRANT TYPE $100,000
    PROJECT TYPE Support

    "This observational study will create a national registry for patients with very limited metastatic breast cancer (called “Oligometastatic disease”). It aims to identify patients who may be cured..." 

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    NAME iConquer Fear
    CANCER TYPE General
    INSTITUTION Ingham Institute
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE Other
    PROJECT TYPE Support

    "This project will deliver a web-based self-management version ofConquer Fear, an effective face-to-face treatment for fear of cancer recurrence. iConquer Fear will greatly increase..." 

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    NAME WeCope
    CANCER TYPE General
    INSTITUTION Ingham Institute
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE $100,000
    PROJECT TYPE Support

    "Non-English speaking cancer patients and caregivers have higher unmet needs and distress and poorer quality of life than their English-speaking counterparts. We will develop WeCope, a resource for Chinese Australians..." 

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    NAME Dr. Daniel Speidel
    CANCER TYPE Leukaemia
    INSTITUTION Children's Medical Research Institute
    STATE New South Wales
    GRANT TYPE Other
    PROJECT TYPE Support

    "We aim to validate a new diagnostic test that can fast-track patients with chemotherapy-resistant leukaemia towards alternative therapies..."

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    NAME National patient conference program
    CANCER TYPE Leukaemia
    INSTITUTION Leukaemia Foundation
    STATE All
    GRANT TYPE $50,000
    PROJECT TYPE Support

    "The project involves extending a state conference program into a national online education component which will provide the broadest base possible of patients and their carers with..." 

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    NAME Childhood Cancer Cohort Consortium
    CANCER TYPE Childhood cancer
    INSTITUTION Murdoch Children's Research Institute
    STATE Victoria
    GRANT TYPE Other
    PROJECT TYPE Prevention

    "A longitudinal prospective study, combining an international alliance of birth cohort studies under the umbrella of a global consortium that aims to identify the environmental and genetic factors..." 

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    NAME Preclinical Centre for Breast Cancer Prevention
    CANCER TYPE Breast cancer
    INSTITUTION La Trobe University
    STATE Victoria
    GRANT TYPE Other
    PROJECT TYPE Prevention

    "We aim to establish a Preclinical Centre and associated resources based on mouse models of early breast cancer (genetically engineered and patient derived) that will be accessible for all breast cancer..." 

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