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October 2016

MPCCC 2016 Cancer Forum

The Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium (MPCCC) was joined by over 170 guests at its 2016 Cancer Forum, which was hosted at the Metropolitan Golf Club on 18 October.

Chaired by Prof John Zalcberg, Head of Cancer Research at Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, the 2016 Cancer Forum featured presentations from MPCCC leaders at the forefront of cancer improvement, including Prof Steve Jane, Director of Research, the Alfred and Head, Central Clinical School Monash University; A/Prof Sue Evans, Head of the Clinical Registries Unit, Monash University and Prof Helena Teede, Executive Director of Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre. Read more »

MPCCC 2015 – 2016 Annual Report

The Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium’s (MPCCC) 2015 -2016 Annual Report is now available for download. View now »
Latest News

Hudson Welcomes 
Dr Sefi Rosenbluh as Director of Functional Genomics
Hudson Institute of Medical Research is pleased to welcome Dr Joseph (Sefi) Rosenbluh as Director of the new Centre of Functional Genomics within the Centre for Cancer Research. Dr Rosenbluh joined the Centre, a new initiative within the Centre for Cancer Research, in October 2016. He has also been appointed as a group leader in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Monash University.
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Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery Appoints New Recruits to Support MPCCC’s Cancer Research Programs

Two post-doctoral research fellows will be welcomed by the Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery over the coming months, and will provide crucial support to the cancer research activities led by Cabrini in collaboration with Monash University and MPCCC’s clinical partner organisations. Read more »

Molecular Analysis of Paediatric Brain Cancer Could Become ‘Gold Standard’ For Tailored Treatment
Researchers at Hudson Institute of Medical Research are working to establish and pilot an Australian-first service for analysing the most common type of paediatric solid brain cancer tumour, medulloblastoma, to enable more effective treatment for these paediatric brain cancer patients. Read more »

International Agreement to Take Cancer Biology Research to the Fore
Hudson Institute has entered into an international collaborative research agreement with Ariel University (Israel) and ASCI Pharma Pty Ltd on a cancer biology project designed to translate its discoveries into patient treatments. Read more »
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Can We Use a Simple Blood Test to Detect Cancer?
Breast cancer could be detected using a blood test, according to reports out today. Scientists at the Australian National University (ANU) are working with counterparts in France to make this form of cancer detection, that is far less invasive and expensive than other tests such as biopsies, a reality. Read more »

Melanoma Fears 
A psychological support service has been found to help alleviate common fears shared by people who have had melanomas that the potentially deadly skin cancer will return. A trial of 164 patients showed that the number of people who had those fears halved when given three telephone-based support sessions with psychologists. Read more »

Victorian Government Targets Zero Avoidable Patient Harm
On 17 October, the Victorian Government released Targeting Zero: Supporting the Victorian hospital system to eliminate avoidable harm and strengthen quality of care, the final report of the Review of Hospital Safety and Quality Assurance, led by Dr Stephen Duckett together with its response, Better, Safer Care. Read more »

Oesophagogastric Cancer Summit Report September 2016
Improving outcomes for people with Oesophagogastric (OG) cancers is particularly challenging. Chances for early detection are slim and many present at a late stage of disease. Members of OG cancer multidisciplinary teams across Victoria gathered on the 26th of August this year to review variations in care and identify opportunities to improve the outcomes and experiences of care. Read more »

Prostate Cancer Summit Report October 2016
The Prostate Cancer Summit was held in Melbourne on 25th May this year, gathering 70 multidisciplinary delegates from across Victoria to identify practical and achievable actions that could have a positive impact on patient outcomes. Read more »

Stem Cell Breakthrough Towards Treating Childhood Cancers

Scientists from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) are one step closer to understanding how to create blood stem cells in the laboratory to treat blood disorders and childhood cancers like leukaemia. Read more »

Events
Women in Health Research Leadership
Date: Tue 15 November
Time: 9am - 11am
Where: AMREP Education Centre, Melbourne
Information and bookings

COSA Annual Scientific Meeting
Date: 15-17 November
Where: Gold Coast, QLD
More information

Cancer Epigenetics and Transcription Workshop
Date: Wed 16 November
Time: 2pm-6pm
Where: Monash University, Clayton
More Information
 
MHTP Research Week
Date: 21 - 25 November
Time: varies
Where: Monash University
Information and bookings

ACTA Summit 2016 - Impact
Date: Thu 24 November
Time: varies
Where: Melbourne Exhibition Centre
More Information

Teaching Communication in Healthcare
Date: 6-9 December
Where: 615 St Kilda Rd Melbourne
Information and bookings
Cancer Council Victoria Publication Profile: Caring for Someone with Cancer
This booklet provides practical tips on how family members and friends can look after their emotional and physical wellbeing and those of the person they are caring for. More info »

Position Statement on Breast Density and Screening within the BreastScreen Australia ProgramThis Position Statement was developed by BreastScreen Australia and has been endorsed by Cancer Australia, Cancer Council Australia, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists and Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand.​ More info »
MPCCC Research Grant
VALUE: Up to $300,000 over 2 years
CLOSING DATE:  5pm Wednesday 30 November 2016 More info »
 


Lung cancer radiation therapy in Australia and New Zealand: Patterns of practice. Read article »

The role of the mtDNA set point in differentiation, development and tumorigenesis. Read article »

The prognostic value of stromal FK506-binding protein 1 and androgen receptor in prostate cancer outcome. Read article »

A community-based model of rapid autopsy in end-stage cancer patients. Read article » 

Telehealth models could be extended to conducting clinical trials-a teletrial approach. Read article »
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