Current Projects/Initatives

Cancer Council WA Epidemiology Network

Chief Investigators: Prof Lin Fritschi, A/Prof Alison Reid, Prof Liz Milne, Dr Jennifer Stone, Dr Terry Boyle and Dr Renee Carey
Collaborating Investigators: A/Prof Andrea Hinwood, Mrs Ann D'Orsogna, Prof Anna Nowak, Dr Brigid Lynch, Prof Bruce Maycock, A/Prof Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani, Dr David Ransom, Prof David Whiteman, A/Prof Deborah Kerr, Dr Gavin Pereira, Dr Joanna Dewar, Dr Jonine Jancey, A/Prof Karen Canfell, Dr Lauren Breen, Prof Leon Straker, Prof Martin Ebert, Dr Nik Zeps, Prof Peter O'Leary, Mr Peter Somerford, A/Prof Rachel Neale, Dr Shaouli Shahid, Prof Simone Pettigrew, Dr Susan Peters, A/Prof Suzanne Robinson, Prof Tim Driscoll, Dr Tim Threlfall and Prof Yee Leung

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.

Funding: CCWA $115,000 ($345,000 total, $115,000 pa for 2016-2018)
Supported In the name of: Australia Post

Capacity Building and Collaboration Grant

Research Title: Integrating personalized genomics into risk-stratification models of population screening for cancer

Chief Investigators: Professor Eric Moses; Dr Iris Lansdorp-Vogelar; Dr Hooi Ee; Professor Robert Donovan; Professor David Preen; Ms Delia Hendrie; Professor Jack Goldblatt; Assoc Professor Mark Jenkins; Professor Peter O'Leary
Associate Investigators: Mr Travis Endersby; Dr Sarah War; Ms Susannah Maxwell; Mr Richard Varhol; Dr Gemma Cadby; Dr Geoffery Jallah; Dr Louise Stewart; Professor Lin Fritschi; Ms Tegan McNab; Mr Ryan Lister

Research description: Screening programs for breast, bowel and cervical cancers use age and gender to identify people most at risk. However several other risk factors, such as ethnicity, genetics, family history and lifestyle also contribute to cancer risk. The research team will develop a new screening program for cancer using lifestyle, genetics and family history data to identify individuals at high risk. This will enable screening to be targeted at those with the greatest chance of getting cancer which will lead to more people having their cancer diagnosed earlier. This in turn will lead to better treatment and outcomes for people with cancer and lower healthcare costs. People who are free of disease and with a low risk of cancer will be spared the inconvenience and harms of screening.

Funding: CCWA $400,000 ($1,200,000 total, $400,000 pa for 2014-2016)
Fully supported In the name of:
Patricia New

Strategic Research Partnership (STREP) Grants

Cancer Council WA in partnership with Cancer Council NSW is involved in an innovative research grant scheme to facilitate collaboration with clinical and population health research teams to solve high priority research questions that have the potential to tangibly impact cancer control.

Lead Researcher: Associate Professor Gail Garvey, Institution Menzies School of Health Resarch
Project description: Indigenous Australians who get cancer are less likely to survive than other Australians. There is a need to make our health system work better to meet indigenous patients' needs.  To do this successfully, it is important to know more about what is happening now and how services could be improved. This program brings together leading researchers in partnership with service providers, policy-makers, consumer advocacy groups and indigenous groups to carry out high-priority research, share what is learnt, and identify more effective services.  This project is funded through an innovative grant scheme involving Cancer Council WA in partnership with Cancer Council NSW. The aim of this scheme is to help clinical and population health research teams work together to solve high priority research questions with the potential to have a tangible impact on cancer control.

Funding: CCWA $100,000 ($500,000 total, $100,000 pa for 2013-2017)
Fully supported In the name of: Donald Mervyn Johnson


Priority-Driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme

The Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme is an innovative research funding scheme which brings together government and other funders of cancer research to collaboratively fund cancer research in Australia.  Cancer Australia established this annual project grant scheme to both better coordinate funding of priority-driven cancer research, as well as foster collaboration between cancer researchers to build Australia’s cancer research capacity.

Cancer Council Western Australia, under the banner of  Cancer Council Australia, is one of the funding partners for the scheme which is currently focusing on improving outcomes for people with one of the cancers which is among the most difficult to treat successfully, pancreatic cancer.


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