CONCERT Director, Scientia Professor Michael Barton OAM and CONCERT members, Dr Vikneswary Batumalai, Dr Tony Pang and Ms Natalie Stunnell have all received awards at this year’s UNSW SWS Precinct Research Awards.
Professor Afaf Girgis
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.
CONCERT Biobank has released its 2019/2020 Annual report.
Seven strategies aimed at improving cancer research participation by people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds have been developed at a co-design workshop attended by 45 participants, earlier this year.
Dr Gabriel Gabriel
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.
IIngham Institute invites applications to the following lung cancer research to improve Lung Cancer patient outcomes in one or more of the following areas:
In the seven years following its establishment, CONCERT’s Biobank supported a total of nine research projects with specimens. In little over one year (from July 2019 to August 2020), the biobank has matched that number thanks to the hard work of the dedicated biobank team and manager, Dr. Joseph Po.
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, Research Assistant, Psycho-oncology team, Ingham Institute
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.
CONCERT is excited to announce this year’s Early Career Researcher (ECR) Grant recipients: Dr Kara Vine-Perrow from the Targeted Cancer Research Laboratory at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI), University of Wollongong and Dr Gabriel Gabriel from University of New South Wales (UNSW).
Exciting changes are happening in medical oncology across Wollongong and Shoalhaven hospitals. Driven by the Head of the Medical Oncology Department, Dr Lorraine Chantrill, these changes are seeing an increased focus on research with the aim of improving outcomes for cancer patients in the future.
Will we still need radiotherapy in 20 years? This was the question posed at CONCERT’s second roundtable held on Wednesday 17th June and the answer provided by Scientia professor, Michael Barton was a resounding “Yes”.
Sri Pothula, Laboratory Manager, Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research
Growing up in a small rural town in India, Sri Pothula could never have imagined that one day he would work on cutting-edge research which could, potentially, see a cure for pancreatic cancer.
Mila Sajinovic and Assoc. Prof. Scott with the Rastrum(TM) 3D bioprinter
When Associate Professor Kieran Scott goes to sleep at night, he dreams of fighting cancer… and winning. When he awakens, he goes to work, excited to be working on projects which are bringing his dreams closer to reality.
Students are invited to apply for a Doctor of Philosophy scholarship in Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology in the project ‘Understanding the mutational landscape of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma”.
Work is currently underway to give cancer researchers access to CONCERT’S specimen database providing them with a catalogue of specimens they can choose from.
Twenty years ago, Professor Michael Barton left his role as staff specialist at Westmead Hospital to head up a newly formed group: Collaboration for Cancer Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CCORE).
CONCERT Early Career (ECR) Grants are now open for applications. Funding of up to $50,000 for 1 year is available for projects which meet CONCERT Priority Areas and are feasible during COVID19.
What do Scotland, geography teaching and CONCERT have in common? The answer? Stephanie Macmillan: CONCERT’S new manager.
It could have been a disaster. With clear blue skies outside and gentle waves lapping against the shoreline, the visually stunning backdrop to CONCERT’s workshop, could have seen participants scrambling to get outside.
In his own words, Michael Barton is very good at compartmentalising his life. So good, in fact, that he has managed to create a workable balance, fitting in a myriad of professional roles around a physically active and intriguing personal life.
Cancer survivors, carers and advocates climb Sydney's Harbour Bridge on World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day in Sydney promised to be a day with a difference and it sure delivered.
They come dressed in disguise. Looking like one of us, we don’t notice them until it’s too late and they’ve already begun to wage a deadly war.
- Cautiously optimistic: A survey of radiation oncology professionals’ perceptions of automation in radiotherapy planning
- CONCERT members take out awards
- Afaf Girgis: a leading Australian cancer researcher
- Dual Delivery of Gemcitabine and Paclitaxel by Wet‐Spun Coaxial Fibers Induces Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Cell Death, Reduces Tumor Volume, and Sensitizes Cells to Radiation
- CONCERT Biobank’s Annual Report is now available
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