The Cancer Institute NSW Translational Cancer Research Capacity Building Grant aims to provide the NHMRC Advanced Health and Research Translation Centres with the funds to strengthen cancer research capacity in NSW and foster a collaborative culture of research to drive improvements in cancer care and outcomes for people living with cancer across the state.
Led by Professor Geoff Delaney, a Radiation Oncologist and Director of Cancer Services for South West Sydney Local Health District, the $7M program will support the engine room of successful translational research by recruiting high calibre, talented early and middle career researchers (ECRs, MCRs) and PhD students across a broad range of scientific and professional backgrounds; collaborate with all translational research groups in NSW and build on the education, career development and networking that exists between them; and provide crucial administrative support to maintain the CAG’s collaborative research programmes, stimulate new ideas and co-ordinate recruitment, training and competitive funding opportunities.
Professor Delaney has over 30 years of clinical and research experience and over 20 years of leadership experience in complex, collaborative and strategic projects.
The funding will build upon the 'Big Ideas' initiative already established by the Cancer CAG and provide the areas of focus with dedicated support to further research translation and education. The Cancer CAG will build upon the strong foundations laid by the collaborations between the former Cancer Institute NSW Translational Cancer Research Centres (CONCERT and TCRN) and brings together over 1200 cancer professionals across the South East and South West of Sydney.
Cancer Institute NSW announcment: https://www.cancer.nsw.gov.au/what-we-do/news/changing-the-face-of-liver-cancer-in-nsw