December 2020

MPCCC 2019-2020 Annual Report is now available!

The MPCCC 2019–2020 Annual Report contains a rich and exciting account of our progress over the past financial year. Central to the achievements of the MPCCC is the talent and leadership of the cancer researchers and health professionals across our partnership, and their dedication to the community we serve. Visit online Annual Report »

ENZAMET wins clinical trials award trifecta highlighting the importance of investigator-led research

Prostate cancer clinical trial ENZAMET has won a trifecta of prestigious awards at the 2020 Australian Clinical Trials Alliance (ACTA) Summit. In a first for these awards, ENZAMET was awarded the ACTA Trial of the Year Award, the ACTA STInG Award for Excellence in Trial Statistics and the ACTA Consumer Involvement Award. Continue reading » 

MPCCC Precision Oncology Program reaches 100 patient milestone

Clinicians and patients across MPCCC partner health services have enthusiastically responded to the MPCCC Precision Oncology Program in 2020, and this month the program has reached a new milestone: 100 patients have been referred for molecular tumour profiling. Continue reading » 

New technology to improve access to patients’ electronic records

Led by Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre, new technology will shortly be trialled across Victorian health centres to improve access to patients’ electronic health records optimising healthcare delivery and outcomes. Continue reading »

Link between COPD, emphysema and lung cancer could lead to new treatments

Hudson Institute scientists have paved the way to potentially test new treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema, following a discovery of the molecular drivers of these lung diseases. Continue reading » 

Monash BDI secures $16m in NHMRC Ideas Grant Scheme

Awards to BDI researchers reflect the scope of research capability at the BDI, everything from understanding embryo development, to the role of stress in obesity, to how to control antibiotic resistant pathogens, to using the immune system to tackle cancer, and much more. Continue reading » 

Huge success for new Symptom Urgent Review Clinics (SURCs) in SMICS catchment area

In late June 2020, SMICS provided grant funding to establish Symptom Urgent Review Clinics (SURCs) at Alfred Health, Cabrini Health and Peninsula Health. Here’s an update from all three sites on progress so far. 
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Pedal power raises $153,000 for enhanced prostate cancer patient care at Monash Health

Monash Health Chief Executive Andrew Stripp helped kick off the inaugural “Pump the Pedals for Prostate Cancer” event held at Casey Hospital on 5-6 December, to raise funds for new ultrasound prostate biopsy equipment. Continue reading »

Launching the Cabrini Cancer Exercise and Wellness Centre 

The Cabrini Cancer Exercise and Wellness Centre, set to open in March 2021, will play a major role in the future of Victorian cancer care, as a centre of excellence in the areas of cancer and wellness. Continue reading »

Epworth joins research to help women in healthcare

Epworth HealthCare is collaborating on research to help advance women’s careers and leadership within healthcare. The National Health and Medical Research Council will provide two million dollars for this research, involving Epworth and three other health services from the Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre and Monash University. Continue reading »

SMICS 2019-2020 online annual forum “Ethical Considerations”

On 7 December, the Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (SMICS) premiered their annual forum online titled “Ethical Considerations”. Associate Professor Clare Delaney provided insight into the moral distress, anxiety and regret that Victorian cancer healthcare workers have faced during COVID-19, and are likely to face in the future with the expected surge in delayed cancer diagnoses.

The SMICS forum also showcased the pilot of a new radiological report to define resectability of non metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcenoma (PDAC) developed in partnership with the Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Registry (UGICR), North Eastern Integrated Cancer Service (NEMICS) and the Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (SMICS). Watch the SMICS forum via the video below or by clicking here.

Wishing our community a relaxing and enjoyable COVID-safe summer

The MPCCC extends gratitude to the many people who have made its achivements throughout 2020 possible. We wish our community a peaceful break over the Christmas and new year period, and look forward to continuing our work towards improving the lives of people affected by cancer in 2021.

VCCC Steering Committee Expressions of Interest Open

Following the announcement of funding for the VCCC in the recent Victorian Budget, expressions of interest are now open for experts to join nine new program steering groups to finalise the new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Strategic Program Plan 2021-2024. Submit EOI now »

MRFF Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative – 2020 Childhood Cancer Research Grant
This funding scheme aims to provide grants of financial assistance to support  medical research and medical innovation projects that improve our understanding of the aetiology, biology and progression of cancer in children and adolescents. $9 million is available in this funding pool, and applications close on 3rd February 2021Apply now »

MRFF Clinical Trial Activity Initiative - 2020 International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant Opportunity 
Applicants to this funding scheme must propose a clinical trial in Australia, in collaboration with international counterparts. $12.6 million is available in this funding pool, and round 2 applications close on 3rd March 2020.  Apply now »

All those interested in applying for these grants can contact Karen McConalogue for application support on

5th Global summit on Cancer Science and Oncology
When: February 25-26, 2021
More information and registration
5th World Congress on Frontiers in Cancer Research and Therapy
When:  22-23 March, 2021
More information and registration

Teletrials: implementation of a new paradigm for clinical trials. Read article »

Two-stage Study of Familial Prostate Cancer by Whole-exome Sequencing and Custom Capture Identifies 10 Novel Genes Associated with the Risk of Prostate Cancer. Read article »

Spliced Peptides and Cytokine-Driven Changes in the Immunopeptidome of Melanoma. Read article »

A single-domain bispecific antibody targeting CD1d and the NKT T-cell receptor induces a potent antitumor response. Read article »

Immunopeptidomic Analysis Reveals That Deamidated HLA-bound Peptides Arise Predominantly from Deglycosylated Precursor. Read article »

Researchers expose power of enzyme on key immune cells. Continue reading »

Tasmanian devils may survive their own pandemic. Continue reading »

National Bowel Cancer Screening program improves post-op outcomes. 
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Scientist’s discovery could target cancer in new way. Continue reading »

Pumping a nanoparticle to lase at low power. 
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Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium (MPCCC) is a strategic alliance of health service and research organisations working in partnership to improve cancer outcomes through integrated, collaborative and innovative research, service improvement and clinical care programs. We are a consortium made up of clinical, research and allied partner organisations. 
Clinical partners
Alfred Health; Monash Health; Eastern Health; Peninsula Health; 
Cabrini Health; Epworth HealthCare

Research partners
Monash University; Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Allied partners
Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (SMICS); 
Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre (Monash Partners).
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