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November 2014

  The TCRN is a translational cancer research centre program funded by the Cancer Institute NSW Cancer Institute NSW  
bullet Welcome to the TCRN November 2014 Newsletter
November heralds the beginning of the Cancer Challenge of the Year process for 2015 applications. This month also features 2013 CCY radiotherapy 'talking book', biobank consenting now at St. George Hospital, TCRN members grant success, launch of Bright Alliance and new cancer centre, and lots more...
Announcement crop TCRN Cancer Challenge of the Year for 2015 is Now Open

This is the last opportunity to apply for Cancer Challenge of the Year (CCY) funding!

The TCRN CCY is a unique funding opportunity that provides up to $100,000 to support one to two translational research projects that address an urgent and unmet need in cancer patient care or treatment.

The focus of the CCY is on creating solutions to today’s priority problems, making improvements in cancer patient care and treatment outcomes.
CCY targets research initiatives capable of producing a demonstrable outcome within a 12-15 month period.
Learn more about this year's CCY & how to apply

Sian Smith CCY14 Talking Book_IMG_2325.jpeg CCY Talking Book Project Eases Radiotherapy Fears for Cancer Patients

A ‘talking book’ that educates patients about radiotherapy has won 2014 funding for the TCRN Cancer Challenge of the Year funding, led by Dr Sian Smith...

Read more about the 2014 Cancer Challenge of the Year & how it is progressing so far...

Winston Liauw_stgeorge_040914 Biobank Consent Project Rolls Out at St George Hospital

The successful rollout of a consenting project at St George Hospital has further increased the number of clinical sites collecting tissue for storage in the HSA Biobank with the consent pilot already achieving exceptional results

Winston Liauw, Staff Specialist at the St George Cancer Care Centre explains how consent procedures are incorporated...

Prof Neville Hacker Prof Hacker Reports on Sabbatical as Part of 2013 Premier’s Award

A two-month sabbatical in Europe has transformed the way that TCRN member Professor Neville Hacker approaches his work in the field of gynaecological caner...

Read more about Prof Hacker's new research collaborations

success TCRN Members Enjoy Research Funding Success

A number of TCRN members were successful in the most recent round of NHMRC funding including researchers at UNSW, UTS and NeuRA...

Read more about about the successful projects of TCRN members awarded with NHMRC grants

Launch of the NCCC Radiation Oncology New Cancer Centre To Transform Cancer Treatment and Research

Stage One of the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Scientia Clinical Research facility at the POWH, Randwick has been officially opened along with the launch of the Bright Alliance which will facilitate productive collaboration between elite researchers, clinicians and patients in one building.

Read more about the launch of the Bright Alliance and the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Jason Wong_Premier's Awards 2013 6.JPG Project Unprecedented In Size Generates New Tool For Cancer Researchers

Led by the UNSW’s Dr Jason Wong, Dr Luke Hesson, A/Prof John Pimanda and Intersect’s Dr Joe Thurbon, the team were winners of the Big Data, Big Impact grant at last year's Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research
The project has analysed more than 250 terabytes of data on DNA, and the team have been developing an algorithm to define and prioritise cancer mutations from genome-wide datasets—a world first.
Read more about the new tool for interpreting cancer mutations

iStock_000021963294Large Access TCRN Collaborations in Research

Did you know that there are currently over 250 members of the TCRN covering a very broad range of disciplines and expertise?
This Network is a great collaboration opportunity particularly between clinicians and university based researchers.
See for a quick search of the current TCRN membership.

The TCRN has set up a simple way for members to seek out new collaborations. You can lodge your collaboration request to share with other TCRN members for the translation of cancer research into improvements in patient care via the member’s login.
Just remember to provide as much detail as possible so the TCRN can match you to the “perfect” collaborator!!

If you can’t remember your login please contact

Login to the TCRN website to lodge your request here

HSA logo Invitation to the Third Annual Scientific Symposium of the Health-Science Alliance, 27 November 2014

Professor Terry Campbell AM, Deputy Dean, UNSW Medicine invites TCRN members to attend the third Annual Scientific Symposium of The Health-Science Alliance (HSA. ).

Entitled 'New Alliances – Mindgardens and The Bright Alliance", it celebrates two new collaborations within the HSA structure in mental health/neuroscience/drug and alcohol; Mindgardens, and in cancer; Bright Alliance.

Date: 27 November 2014
Venue: Royal Hospital for Women Lecture Theatre, Randwick NSW
This is a free event, but registration is required as numbers are strictly limited.

On-line Registration and Program Information

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