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March 2014

  The TCRN is a translational cancer research centre program funded by the Cancer Institute NSW Cancer Institute NSW  
bullet Welcome to the TCRN March 2014 Newsletter
Welcome to the TCRN newsletter for March 2014 with updates on activities and information on translational cancer research as well as key articles highlighting the work of TCRN members.
HSA Biobank Consent form: SESLHD HSA Biobank series: New consent form inspires collaborative approach to biobanking

Embedding consent processes into routine patient care pathways has led to dramatic changes in the way that hospital staff, researchers and patients are contributing to the development of the HSA Biobank.

Learn more about the development of biobank consent form; now approved within the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

bullet Computational infrastructure project supporting translational research
UNSW Australia awards Major Research Equipment and Infrastructure grant to TCRN Translational Bioinformatics project to investigate the secure linkage of patient health information between a range of university and hospital databases.

Learn more about this data integration project.
Cancer Challenge of the Year 2013; Lynch Syndrome update - Nick Hawkins Cancer Challenge of the Year Project Sheds New Light on Lynch Syndrome

UNSW’s Professor Nick Hawkins leads TCRN Cancer Challenge of the Year project, which seeks to improve the diagnostic accuracy of Lynch syndrome screening processes by providing research and clinical support to pathologists across the network.

Learn more about the study: "Screening for Lynch Syndrome using antibodies alone"

Maarit Laaksonen - Early Career Fellowship recipient Cancer Institute NSW Fellowships Announced

Twenty-six researchers shared in more than $15.5 million worth of funding under the 2014 Cancer Institute NSW’s Fellowship Grant scheme. TCRN member Dr Maarit Laaksonen was one of those to receive an Early Career Fellowship.
TCRN congratulates the successful fellows and looks forward to promoting the outcomes of their research projects.

Read more about the recent fellowships announcement

Lowy Cancer Research Centre - Elaine Mardis seminar Translational Cancer Research in Action: International Perspectives

Researchers and clinicians at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW and Prince of Wales Hospital were last week treated to two international speakers; Professor Elaine Mardis, from The Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine, and Professor Randy Gascoyne from the University of British Columbia and BC Cancer Agency presenting on how advanced genomics research is rapidly translated to improve clinical care of people with cancer.

Read more about Professor Mardis & Professor Gascoyne's presentations

Journal of Oncology Practice - Quality in Action JOP Call for Papers: 'Quality in Action'

Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) is accepting submissions for a unique type of manuscript: brief, structured reports of quality improvement (QI) projects. These will be subject to peer review and if accepted, published as MEDLINE-indexed, online articles, under the series title, Quality in Action.

Read more about how to share your Quality Improvement Best Practices

World Journal of Cancer Research - submissions A Journal edited by TCRN members

TCRN members are encouraged to submit their manuscripts to an American journal; World Journal of Cancer Research (, published by the American Scientific Publishers.
The Editor-in-Chief and many Associate Editors are current TCRN members from the Lowy Cancer Research Centre, Prince of Wales Clinical School and other schools of the UNSW. It is an international peer-reviewed journal reporting new findings in all areas related to basic and clinical cancer research.

World Journal of Cancer Research

NHMRC Concept Development Workshop for Trials & Translational Research Studies Want to know how to develop a concept outline from an initial idea?

NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre is pleased to present the "Concept Development Workshop for Trials and Translational Research Studies".

Date: Friday 11 April 2014, 9.00am - 5.00pm
Location: NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, Level 5, Medical Foundation Building, 92-94 Parramatta Road, Camperdown NSW

This one day workshop will help clinical and scientific investigators refine their concept into a proposal for a clinical trial and/or translational research study.
Learn more about the Clinical Trials Centre;
NOTE: This is not part of the Cancer Challenge of the Year project, however may be beneficial to TCRN members.

Download Concept Development workshop flyer and registration form

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