CCWA Targeted Specific Funding

Full list of grants and recipients 2018

Project title
Priority-driven collaborative cancer reseach scheme
Research description  

The Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme is an innovative annual national research project grant funding scheme which brings together government and other funders to collaboratively fund cancer research in Australia.

This funding scheme helps to: coordinate fudning of priority-driven cancer research at the national level; foster collaboration between cancer reserachers to build Australia's cancer reserach capactiy; and foster consumer participation in cancer research, from design to implementation.

Funding from CCWA $43,600
Fuly supported In the name of the Estate of Paulus Hoogendyk

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Title Chair of Clinical Cancer Research
Prof  Michael Millward
Institution The University of Western Australia
Research description  

The Chair provides academic leadership in clinical cancer research in WA and aims to increase the participation of local cancer patients in clinical trials of new cancer treatments.

The purpose of funding the Cancer Foundation Chair in Clinical Cancer Research is to improve the clinical care available to people diagnosed with cancer in Western Australia.  There is compelling evidence that outcomes for patients are improved when they participate in clinical trials.  A key vehicle therefore to improve outcomes in Western Australia is to actively promote clinical trials in the medical and general community. The means by which this may be achieved by the Chair are broken down into the following categories:

  • Research
  • Clinical trials
  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Advice
  • Representation
  • Promotion
Funding from CCWA $384,130

In the names of Patricia New, Estate of Jan Van Heeren & through annonymous Estate

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Project title
Cancer Council Western Australia Epidemiology Network 
Lead Investigator
Prof Lin Fritschi
Institution Curtin University 
Research description  

The aim of the Cancer Council  Epidemiology Network (CCEN) is to strengthen cancer epidemiological research in WA by:

  • bringing together the best cancer epidemiologists in WA,
  • connecting experts working in a range of different disciplines,
  • using existing data in new ways to answer research questions that will leverage funding from national and international sources; and
  • supporting the next generation of West Australian cancer epidemiologists.

The plan is to establish a network of epidemiologists, researchers from other disciplines, consumer representatives, policy makers, and oncology clinicians who will meet regularly to share knowledge, develop priority themes, devise projects and gain funding for further research.  It will be managed by a mid-career cancer epidemiologist who will coordinate the activities of the CCEN, monitor its progress and be the focal point for the CCEN. They will also develop and teach short courses for clinicians and early career researchers as well as providing scientific assistance and advice to those new researchers.

The CCEN will make it possible for Western Australian cancer researchers to do more high-quality, cross disciplinary relevant research to benefit Western Australians. We will work across three areas:

1. identifying the causes of cancer,

2. understanding who is exposed to cancer risk factors; and

3. preventing exposure to cancer-causing agents.

Funding from CCWA $115,000 in 2018 (total of $435,000 allocated 2016-2018)
Fully supported Through an anonymous estate

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Project title
Cancer Prevention Research Unit
Recipient  Prof Simone Pettigrew
Institution Curtin University 
Research description  

Headed by Prof Simone Pettigrew the purpose of the Cancer Council WA Cancer Prevention Research Unit (WACPRU) is to increase our understanding of individual and societal factors that increase the risk of cancer in the community, and, through this understanding, develop more effective policies and programs to reduce cancer risk in the community. 

Funding from CCWA $160,000
Fully supported Through an anonymous estate

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