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August 2014

  The TCRN is a translational cancer research centre program funded by the Cancer Institute NSW Cancer Institute NSW  
bullet Welcome to the TCRN August 2014 Newsletter
Welcome to the TCRN newsletter for August 2014 with updates on activities and information on translational cancer research as well as key articles highlighting the work of TCRN members.
DSC00305.JPG TCRN Roadshow at UTS a success

The TCRN took a road trip to the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) on Friday, 4 July, for an afternoon of UTS-style translational cancer research and networking. Everyone in attendance was treated to a showcase of the excellent cancer research being conducted at UTS, as well as a supersized TCRN 3rd birthday mudcake.

TCRN member groups are scattered across diverse UTS faculties including Pharmacy, Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT), Business and Health. The TCRN-UTS Roadshow therefore provided a rare opportunity for these members to interact and hear about each other’s research. UTS members also heard about the work being done by the TCRN to advance biobanking, primary cancer care, genomics and data linkage. The day provided participants with an opportunity to identify several areas of common ground and complementarity for future collaborations in translational cancer research.

Some of the innovations in cancer research that were showcased at the TCRN-UTS Roadshow include:
• understanding the mechanism of multidrug resistance cancer by A/Prof Mary Bebawy and team at UTS Pharmacy
• improvements in palliative care brought about by clinical trials research conducted by Dr Tim Luckett and others at UTS Health
• identification of miRNA biomarkers for head and neck cancers by FIET’s Dr Nham Tran and team.
• better economics and cost-effectiveness related to cancer treatments by Professor Marion Haas and her team from the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE)
• potential new targets for prostate and breast cancer therapy by the research teams of FIET’s Dr Rose Martiniello-Wilks and Dr Eileen McGowan.

The TCRN would like to thank all the UTS researchers and PhD students that presented on the day, and made the event informative and entertaining. Thanks also to members of the UTS Research Innovations Office and UTS Graduate School for their attendance.

Prof Jack Li speaking at TCRN Professor Li shares research into Big Data for Translational Research

Professor Jack Li has been visiting from Taipei Medical University to help shape a new course on Translational Cancer Bioinformatics in Cancer Research and also presenting on "Big Data" research...


Pamela Ajuyah 2 Pamela Ajuyah recently presented her work at the RNA Silencing Keystone Symposia, Seattle

Pamela is a third year PhD student at UTS studying 'the Role of non-coding RNAs in Head and Neck Cancer'. Read more about Pamela's PhD research here

CINSW_Colour 72dpi Abstracts & Registrations open for Innovations in Cancer Treatment & Care conference 2014

Developing a quality cancer system is the theme of the third annual Innovations in Cancer Treatment and Care Conference to be held on Friday 17 October 2014 (register by 10 October).
Abstracts due Friday 15 August.
Visit the Cancer Institute NSW webpage to learn more

IMG_2290 copy TCRN-supported PhD students take a break from the bench to visit Cancer Wards

As part of TCRN’s PhD development program, the TCRN organised a tour of the cancer wards at Prince of Wales Hospital for the TCRN supported PhD students. Read more about TCRN's tour of cancer wards

bullet TCRN Biostatistician Service
The TCRN is currently seeking a biostatistician to provide statistical analyses for a range of researchers and also to resume the service available to assist TCRN members completing a research study.

For those who require assistance during this recruitment process; UNSW Biostatistical Unit provides biostatistical consulting for UNSW Medicine and external clients. The unit collaborates with researchers to ensure the rigour and quality of medical and public health research.
UNSW Biostatistics Unit contact information.
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