February 2021

Our community’s views on research priorities for improving
cancer care

On World Cancer Day, 4th February 2021, MPCCC celebrated the invaluable contribution of consumer and community involvement in supporting and prioritising cancer research. We asked our five Consumer and Community Representatives from the MPCCC Advisory Group to share their aspirations for the future focus of cancer research. Continue reading »

Bone cancer research funded

Bone cancer treatments will be progressed thanks to the Victorian Cancer Agency Early Career Fellowship, which has been awarded to Dr Vijesh Vaghjiani, Postdoctoral Scientist, Developmental and Cancer Biology Research group. Dr Vaghjiani has been awarded $330,000 from 2021 to 2023 to support his research which seeks to improve the lives of patients, most of whom are children and adolescents, with a type of bone cancer known as osteosarcoma. 
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Oncology Clinical Trial Unit goes from strength to strength

Eligible cancer patients at Peninsula Health are being informed about the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial, to contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge for themselves and others with the same disease or condition. 
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Statewide radiotherapy services

Cancer Services and Information at the Department of Health have launched a new Statewide Radiotherapy services website. This site includes information about the radiotherapy machines, a link to clinical indications and a referral link to each institution's web referral portal. The first of the statewide Radiotherapy services has now commenced clinical operation.
Visit website and find out more » 

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: A patient journey

It has been 12 months since Cabrini Health sat down with ovarian cancer patient Leane Flynn and spoke about the meaning of hope. Now, after what can only be described as a challenging year for everyone, Leane is once again battling an uncertain future. As part of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Cabrini caught up with Leane to find out how the past 12 months have been for her and her family during the global pandemic, and about her cancer journey to date. 
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Jreissati Family Pancreatic Centre at Epworth

Elias Jreissati knows only too well the devastating personal toll, fear and uncertainty that pancreatic cancer can cause. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at age 54 – the same age he lost his father to the disease 25 years ago. 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. 

  • Indigenous Health Research Grant. Closing 10 March 2021More information »
  • Improving Diagnosis in Cancers with Low Survival Rates Grant Opportunity. Closing 10 March 2021. More information »
  • Early Stage Translation and Commercialisation. Grant opening 4 March, closing 1 April 2021. More information »
  • Clinician Researchers: Applied Research in Health Grant. Closing 12 April 2021. More information »
  • Rapid Applied Research Translation Grant. Opening 4 March and closing 6 May 2021More information »

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

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship Program - Now Open

In 1998 L'Oréal and UNESCO founded the For Women in Science program to promote and highlight the critical importance of ensuring greater participation of women in science. Each year, the program recognises the achievements of exceptional female scientists at different stages of their careers and awards them with Fellowships to help further their research.

Each Fellow is awarded $25,000 for a one year project. Applications close Monday 1 March. 
Find out more and apply » 

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 »  

Ex-Med Cancer face-to-face services

Ex-Med Cancer is a safe and effective program specifically designed for people with cancer, designed to counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment. It involves an individualised exercise medicine program delivered by experienced exercise physiologists in local fitness centres. 

Face-to-face services delivered in community gyms recommenced on 15 February 2021, however Ex-Med cancer will continue to offer video and telephone consultations for people who prefer telehealth services. Find out more » 

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 »

Cancer Survivorship for Primary Care Practitioners

This 4-week online course will explore the importance of cancer survivorship, and show participants how to develop an effective care plan for people with cancer and in remission.

Register for course »

Applying genomics to tackle cancers of low survival and unmet need
When: 10.30-11.30am,
Wednesday 3 March
Where: Online
More information and registration

A research approach for co-designing education with healthcare consumers
When: 1-2pm, Thursday 11 March 
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

Setting up consumer advisory committees for health services
When: 1-2pm, Thursday 8 April
Where: online
More information and registration

Navigating power imbalances in Consumer and Community Involvement
When: 1-2pm, Thursday 13 May
Where: Online
More information and registration

Telehealth in cancer care: during and beyond the COVID‐19 pandemic. 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 »

TGA approves first Australian commercial CAR-T manufacturing site. Continue reading »

New bioinformatics software helps create new testing pipelines faster. 
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Important changes to the National Cervical Screening Program's Clinical Guidelines pathway for women at intermediate 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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