Congratulations to all of our 2016 research grant recipients.

Cure Cancer Australia is pleased to announce that 17 brilliant young researchers were awarded research grants in 2016. This investment in the fight against cancer has been directly generated by the generosity and support of Cure Cancer Australia donors, fundraisers and corporate partners. 

Dr Dominik Beck

Research Area: Leukaemia

Project: The role of long-non coding RNAs in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

Supported By: Can Too Foundation

Host Institute: Lowy Cancer Research Centre

State: NSW

Dr Laura Bray

Research Area: Prostate Cancer

Project: Dissecting the molecular and cellular mechanisms of angiogenesis and bone metastasis in a bioengineered microenvironment model of prostate cancer

Supported By: Can Too Foundation

Host Institute: Queensland University of Technology

State: QLD

Dr Sophie Broughton

Research Area: Cancer Genetics & Biology

Project: Discovering the molecular basis of IL-3 receptor signalling

Supported by: Can Too Foundation

Host Institute: St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research

State: VIC

Dr Nicholas Gottardo

Research Area: Childhood Brain Cancer

Project: Improving the cure rates of childhood brain cancer

Co-funded By: The Kids' Cancer Project & Cancer Australia

Supported By: The Denton Family

Host Institute: Telethon Kids’ Institute

State: WA

Dr Heidi Hilton

Research Area: Breast Cancer

Project: Generation and use of novel model systems to study steroid hormone action in the breast

Co-Funded By: Cancer Australia

Supported By: FIght on the Beaches

Host Institute: The Westmead Institute for Medical Research

State: NSW

Dr Willem Lesterhuis

Research Area: Mesothelioma

Project: Identification of the molecular networks that drive mesothelioma invasion

Supported By: The Charody Family 

Co-funded By: Cancer Australia

Host Institute: University of Western Australia

State: WA

Dr Clare Slaney

Research Area: Immunotherapy

Project: Targeting the tumour microenvironment to enhance immunotherapy against cancer

Supported By: Can Too Foundation

Host Institute: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

State: VIC

Dr Alexander Sobinoff

Research Area: Cancer Genetics & Biology

Project: Developing a rapid and quantitative telomere length test to measure chemotherapeutic response to telomerase inhibition

Supported By: Fight On The Beaches

Host Institute: Children’s Medical Research Institute

State: NSW

Dr Shweta Tikoo

Research Area: Breast cancer

Project: Targeting breast cancer metastasis: Delineating the role of “Perivascular Macrophages” in tumour cell metastasis

Supported By: Can Too Foundation

Host Institute: Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology

State: NSW

Dr Kate Vandyke

Research Area: Multiple Myeloma

Project: Mechanisms governing dissemination and relapse in multiple myeloma: the role of hypoxia and the CCR1/CXCR4 axis

Funding: Cure Cancer Australia; Administered by PdCCRS

Supported By:

Host Institute: University of Adelaide

State: SA

Dr Susan Woods

Research Area: Cancer Genetics & Biology

Project: Do Gremlin1 expressing fibroblasts drive tumourigenesis?

Supported By: Can Too Foundation

Host Institute: University of Adelaide

State: SA

Dr Jyotsna Batra

Research Area: Prostate cancer

Project: Identifying the role of a novel gene in prostate cancer which may lead to possible therapeutic targeting

Supported By: Can Too Foundation

Host Institute: Queensland University of Technology

State: QLD

Dr Bryan Day

Research Area: Childhood Brain Cancer

Project: Exploring cell surface proteins as a possible therapeutic target for children’s brain cancer

Supported By: The Arthur Byrne Fellowship

Co-funded By: The Kids' Cancer Project & Cancer Australia

Host Institute: QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

State: QLD

Dr Bree Foley

Research Area: Immunotherapy

Project: Harnessing the immune system as a mode to treat cancer

Supported By: Can Too Foundation

Host Institute: Telethon Kids' Institute

State: WA

Dr Brett Hollier

Research Area: Prostate cancer

Project: Investigating a protein linked to the spread and therapy resistance of prostate cancer

Co-funded By: Cancer Australia and Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia

Supported By: The Denton Family Trust

Host Institute: Queensland University of Technology

State: QLD

Dr Zaklina Kovacevic

Research Area: Prostate Cancer

Project: Targeting a protein involved in the spread and progression of prostate cancer as a possible treatment

Co-funded By: Cancer Australia

Supported By: Can Too Foundation

Host Institute: University of Sydney

State: NSW

Dr Stephen Mattarollo

Research Area: Lymphoma

Project: Developing an antibody vaccine to fight lymphoma

Supported By: Can Too Foundation

Host Institute: University of Queensland

State: QLD