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Raising the consumer and community voice

The Cancer Clinical Academic Group Management Team has increased its consumer and community membership to three people. This recent change acknowledges the value of different perspectives and how lived experiences can strengthen the quality and relevance of health and medical research.

Foundation community member, Giono Iori, whose brother died from pancreatic cancer, has contributed to the committee's work for more than three years. Gino is now joined by David Campbell who cared for his life wife, Edna, for several years, and Madison Ritchie, a young woman who survived a rare cancer diagnosis when she was 17 years old.

Says Cancer Clinical Academic Group Chair, Prof Michael Barton, 'Having multiple community representatives provides several benefits.' Gino, David and Madison have a breadth of experience in health consumer advocacy, bring their unique perspectives to the Management Committee, and will support each other along the way.

'Our community representatives have equal standing and work alongside our clincal and research representatives. We are grateful they are willing to dedicate their time and share their experiences with us for the benefit of others through health and medical research.'

Maridulu Budyari Gumal, Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) extends our warm appreciation to all three consumer/community members for their contributions now and into the future.

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First 2000 Days Care Connect - Grant Success for ELDoH CAG

Congratulations to Maridulu Budyari Gumal Early Life Determinants of Health Clinical Academic Group ((ELDoH CAG) members Ms Tania Rimes and Associate Professor Sue Woolfenden (Chief Investigators) who were awarded $840,547 through the Translational Research Grants Scheme by the New South Wales Health for their project entitled 'First 2000 Days Care Connect'.

Early/mid-career cancer researchers awarded Cancer Clinical Academic Group seed grants

Maridulu Budyari Gumal (SPHERE) Cancer Clinical Academic Group has committed $100,000 in new seed grants for two interdisciplinary projects led by early/mid-career researchers (EMCRs) to be undertaken in 2021.

Congratulations to the successful awardees and their teams.

New liquid biopsies could provide hope for brain cancer patients

Increasing the efficacy of brain cancer treatment traditionally requires access to tissue samples that can shed light on a tumour’s genetic makeup. But, with many malignancies buried deep inside essential areas of the brain, this tissue is often impossible to reach.

A new research project led by Associate Professor Therese Becker of the Ingham Institute is aiming to solve this problem. Using ‘liquid biopsies’ – that is, blood tests – the researchers hope to reveal critical information about individual patient tumours.