CCWA Trust Enabling Grant

Full list of grants and recipients 2018

Project Enabling advanced single cell cancer genomics in Western Australia
Recipient   Prof Alistair Forrest
Institution Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
Research description  

Tumours contain many different normal cell types that interact with the cancer cells. Although some cell types are associated with good or poor prognosis, relatively little is known about all the cell types that exist in a tumour. The team will use new ‘single cell technologies’ to study hundreds of tumour samples from many different cancer types donated by patients across Perth. This will provide new insights into what cell types are present in each tumour and determine the genes switched on and off in thousands of cells from each patient’s tumour. This information will be used to study four priority areas: What cell types are present in each tumour? ; Which drugs might kill these cancer cells, what fraction of cancer cells are likely to be resistant and why are some cancers resistant?; What changes between the cancer cells in a primary when they move to a metastatic site?; and can new biomarkers be identified for early cancer detection and can cancer cells be detected in the blood?

Funding from CCWA $50,000 in 2018 (total $250,000 for 2018-2022)
Supported

In the names of Blueprint Wealth, the estate of Brian Alexander & the Estate of Benjamin Nichols

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Project Continuous Improvement in Care - Cancer (The CIC Cancer Project)
Recipient  Prof Christobel Saunders
Institution The University of Western Australia
Research description  

The CIC – Cancer Project will establish a new program of research that places cancer patients first. Consumers, clinicians, health services and researchers will work together to measure outcomes important to patients, identify any issues with their care, trial new ways to improve treatment and put proven care into practice rapidly. In particular, this project will measure value-based outcomes in five cancers using internationally established methods (International Consortium for Health Outcomes - ICHOM). These outcome measures will be trialled in public and private settings in Perth. The data collected will be used to: feedback to individual services on the care they provide; work with health providers to identify gaps in services and variations in patient outcomes; and develop new research and development programs to address these gaps, and improve clinical practice. This project will directly improve the lives of those diagnosed with cancer efficiently and effectively.

Funding from CCWA $50,000 in 2018 (total $250,000 for 2018-2022)
Supported

In the names of the Estate of Iris Cook, Gilmac Pty Ltd, the Joseph and Betty Pitschel Pain Relief Fund & the Sparkly Umbrella

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