As we close our doors today, it is timely to look back at what CONCERT has achieved since it was established on 1st July, 2014 as part of Cancer Institute of NSW initiative for Translational Cancer Research Centres.
With an impressive career full of significant achievements, we say adieu to CONCERT Director, Professor Michael Barton as he retires to enjoy a life of hikes and birdwatching.
Despite receiving multiple prestigious awards, CONCERT Member of the Month, Dr Kara Vine-Perrow, lists her greatest professional achievement as watching her students and staff transform into independent researchers.
From a potential geologist to a highly-cited cancer researcher and educator, Kevin Spring is CONCERT’S Member of the month.
If anyone has got work/life balance right, it’s Professor Shalini Vinod, radiation oncologist at Liverpool’s Cancer Therapy Centre in Liverpool Hospital.
When Translational Research Fellow (SWSLHD/Ingham), Vikneswary Batumalai (Vicky), was a young girl she watched her grandmother undergo radiation therapy and was in awe of the work of the radiation team. This awe turned to passion when she decided, not only to pursue a career in radiation therapy, but also to a life helping cancer patients.
In 1969, a nine year old Egyptian girl with not a word of English arrived on Australian soil. 51 years later, that little girl has become one of Australia’s leading researchers in cancer survivorship and psycho-oncology and is this month’s CONCERT member of the month.
A plethora of research exists showing that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia have poorer cancer survival outcomes than their non-Aboriginal counterparts. Seeking to uncover the reasons why these rates differ so markedly is the aim of Dr Gabriel Gabriel’s project which was awarded a CONCERT Grant earlier this year.
We don’t often hear about lung cancer in the media despite the fact that it kills more people in Australia each year than any other cancer. Logic would dictate that due to its high mortality rate, funding into research would be paramount. Sadly, lung cancer receives a fraction of research funding compared to other cancers such as breast and prostate cancer.
Verena Wu's story is not new. It is the story of many migrant children who, at an early age, became their parent’s voice, helping them maneuver through daily cultural and language barriers.