January 2021

Tumour DNA methylation as a biomarker for survival for invasive lobular breast cancer

A collaborative research team including researchers from the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and Cancer Council Victoria, have identified methylation marks in tumour DNA that could serve as biomarkers of survival for women with invasive lobular breast cancer. Continue reading »

Consumer and Community Involvement lunchtime seminar series

From February until November, Monash Partners will hold a monthly Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) lunchtime seminar series highlighting principles, practices, frameworks and resources for Consumer and Community Involvement in health and medical research and healthcare improvement. Continue reading »

Monash Health Imaging wins at the RANZCR Victorian Trainee Research night

First-year Radiology registrar, Reuben Sum, has taken out the award for best research project at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists Victorian Trainee Research night. The Monash Health Imaging team presented four research projects at the research night. Continue reading » 

Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (SMICS) has a new logo!

Cancer care remains and we will continue to play a lead role as networks for
change. While our branding has changed, we will continue to support best practice. We will continue to work together, towards better cancer care. Our transition to using our new logo and new website commences from today and will be seen on all VICS material over time. Continue reading » 

Medical Research Futures Fund (MRFF) opportunities 

The MRFF recently opened several new funding rounds with due dates in March 2021. Below is a summary of open funding rounds and links to apply. 

  • 2020 Genomics Health Futures Mission Grant Opportunity. Closing 3 March 2021.
  • More information »
  • 2020 Indigenous Health Research Grant. Closing 10 March 2021More information »
  • 2020 Improving Diagnosis in Cancers with Low Survival Rates Grant Opportunity. Closing 10 March 2021. More information »
  • 2020 International Clinical Trial Collaborations Grant Opportunity. Closing 3 March 2021. More information »

View forecast funding calls from the MRFF, estimated to be released between January - June 2021, here. More information »

Share your cancer care telehealth experiences with us

Cancer Council Victoria is working with health services across Victoria and Deakin University researchers to understand what cancer patients and their carers think of telehealth. This work aims to find out what patients and carers think is good about telehealth, what isn’t working for patients and how telehealth services can be improved. People who have experienced telehealth as part of their cancer management in 2020-2021 are asked to provide feedback through 30-minute interviews with a Deakin researcher. Register to participate here » 

Alfred Health: Senior Education and Quality Manager

Alfred Health is a leader in health care delivery, improvement, research and education, and is seeking a Senior Education and Quality Manager to join its state-of-the-art clinical trials facility Trial Hub. This role will be responsible for developing workforces in clinical trials, and  monitoring and evaluating educational initiatives for Trial Hub. This is a part-time (64 hours per fortnight) fixed term contract until January 2022, and applications will close on Monday 1 February 2021Apply now » 

Monash University Short Courses

Registrations are now open for a number of Monash University short courses, specifically designed for health professionals.  The following five upcoming courses are delivered fully online, combining the flexibility health professionals need with the quality and recognition of a Monash qualification:

  • Ethics and Good Research Practice
  • Assessment in Health Professions Education
  • Introduction to Digital Health
  • Technology for Education in Clinical Healthcare
  • Scenario Design for Simulation-based Education

Register for courses »

Cancer and the Older Person: Improving Care, Outcomes and Experience

This 4-week online course aims to enhance understanding of cancer care for geriatric patients.  It is designed to help participants build confidence caring for older people who have been diagnosed with, or are undergoing treatment for, cancer. 

Register for course »

International Conference on Cancer Nursing 2021
When: 2-5 February
Where: online
More information and registration

World Cancer Day 2021: together all our actions matter
When: 10-11am, Thursday 4 February
Where: online
More information and registration

Monday Lunch Live: Professor Nick Huntington
When: Monday 8 February
Where: online
More information and registration

Lorne Cancer Conference 2021
When: 11-13 February
Where: Mantra, Lorne and online
More information and registration
Childhood Cancer Research Seminar Series
When: 15-18 February
Where: online
More information and registration

Epigenetics 2021
When: 17-19 February
Where: online
More information and registration

Cancer Survivorship 2021
When: 18-19 March
Where: Adelaide Convention Centre and online
More information and registration

5th World Congress on Frontiers in Cancer Research and Therapy
When:  22-23 March, 2021
More information and registration

Late mortality in people with cancer: a population‐based Australian study. 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 »

Prescient Therapeutics chooses three cancer programs for its next-generation CAR T platform. Continue reading »

Personalised Skin Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise in New Trial Results. Continue reading »

Human pancreatic cancer model offers new opportunities for testing drugs. 
Continue reading »

New mammogram measures for assessing breast cancer risk. Continue reading »
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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