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January 2014

  The TCRN is a translational cancer research centre program funded by the Cancer Institute NSW Cancer Institute NSW  
bullet Welcome to the TCRN January 2014 Newsletter
Welcome to the TCRN newsletter for January 2014 with updates on activities and information on translational cancer research as well as key articles highlighting the work of TCRN members.
Consumer Engagement: TCRN CAC TCRN Consumer Involvement Workshop February 5

Consumer Involvement in 2014 Grant Applications

On November 13 2013, the TCRN held part one of a two-part process for researchers to involve consumers in the preparation of 2014 grant applications.
The second, follow-up session will be held Wednesday, February 5 2014 at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW.

Book your spot now!
Places are limited and priority will be given to researchers who took part in session one.
New participants will be allocated a place on a ‘first come first serve’ basis.

To reserve your place and for further information, please contact Project Officer Carmel Quinn as soon as possible (no later than Wednesday, January 22).


POWH Cancer Grand Rounds speaker Jane Phillips First Cancer Challenge of the Year research project to be presented at January Cancer Grand Round

Professor Jane Phillips will present the outcomes and achievements of the Cancer Challenge of the year at the upcoming Prince of Wales Hospital Grand Rounds on 30 January.

Prof. Phillips is the principal investigator for the project ‘Spaced Education: a tool to translate pain assessment and management evidence into practice’, which in 2012 was awarded the first TCRN Cancer Challenge of the Year ("CCY").

The project addresses the important clinical issue of sub-optimal pain management. By instituting the routine use of a validated online case-based learning application, the project intends to improve cancer pain assessment and reassessment practices across the TCRN, with the ultimate aim of improving cancer patients’ reported pain outcomes.

Prof Phillips leads the program of palliative care and has extensive experience in cancer and chronic disease nursing and research. She has been involved in extending palliative care delivery outside of specialist settings, with an emphasis on increasing the palliative care capacity of health professionals and case assistance delivery care to vulnerable and underserved populations.

The TCRN will sponsor the first Prince of Wales Hospital Nelune Cancer Grand Rounds for 2014 to be held at 8.00am on 30 January, with light breakfast provided from 7:30am.

Read More about the CCY 'Spaced Education': a tool to translate pain assessment and management evidence into practice.

TCRN Cancer Challenge of the Year Cancer Challenge of the Year 2014

The process for 2014 TCRN Cancer Challenge of the Year ("CCY14") grant will commence in February 2014, with the view to the successful project(s) commencing in July 2014.

We will be hosting an information session and half-day application mentoring workshop to help members prepare their applications for this round.

Dates and more information will be announced in late January 2014.

Click here to read more about the 2014 CCY application process and find out about past awardees.

TCRN 2014 APA Recipient Claire Henry UNSW Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship

Congratulations to Claire Henry, who received the first of two University of New South Wales (“UNSW”) Australian Postgraduate Awards ("APA") in translational cancer research plus a TCRN Scholarship Top-up.

Claire, who received a First Class Honours, will begin her PhD studies under the guidance of co-supervisors Dr Caroline Ford (Adult Cancer Program, Prince of Wales Clinical School (“POWCS”), UNSW) and Professor Neville Hacker (Royal Hospital for Women, POWCS, UNSW)

Read more about UNSW APA Scholarship recipient Claire Henry

TCRN HSA Biobank Series: Key Numbers HSA Biobank - Key Numbers

Preparing for 2014 Grant applications and need biospecimens?

The TCRN has compiled some key information about the HSA Biobank to assist researchers who are preparing grant applications and require biospecimens and/ or health data.

Click here to learn more about the HSA Biobank resources available

TCRN Member Claire Vajdic Spotlight on: AGOG Epidemiology Family & Lifestyle Study

This article series explores the range of translational cancer research projects being undertaken by TCRN members across Australia.

The first article highlights the Australian Genomics and Clinical Outcomes of High-Grade Glioma (“AGOG”) Epidemiology Family & Lifestyle Study being undertaken by TCRN members at the Prince of Wales Clinical School.

Read more about this study which is based on a unique family case-control design

TCRN: Cancer Institute NSW CINSW Grant Information

Grants offered by the Cancer Institute NSW's Competitive Grants Program.

Applications for grants offered by the Cancer Institute NSW are open to all NSW based universities, cancer services, hospitals, Area Health Services and other relevant agencies.

Early Career Fellowships - Closing Date: 30 May 2014
Career Development Fellowships - Closing Date: 30 May 2014
Future Research Leader Fellowships - Closing Date: 30 May 2014

For more information about the grants application process please visit the Cancer Institute NSW

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