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March 2015

  The TCRN is a translational cancer research centre program funded by the Cancer Institute NSW Cancer Institute NSW  
bullet Welcome to the TCRN March Nexus
In this month's Nexus we raise awareness of this the ongoing work of our members.
March is the last chance for members to complete the annual reporting survey.
Nick Hawkins June 2012 Cancer Challenge of the Year Project Sheds New Light on Lynch Syndrome

A new diagnostic tool for Lynch syndrome could reduce the numbers of patients being referred to genetic cancer services by up to 85 per cent.
Results of the recently completed Lynch Syndrome Screening by Antibody Alone project

Prof David Goldstein Congratulations to TCRN members on Translational Program Grant success!

Congratulations to TCRN Leadership Council member Professor David Goldstein, who was this week announced as recipient of a 2015 Translational Program Grant to support the treatment and prevention of chemotherapy-induced nerve damage.
Read more about TCRN members' Translational Program Grant success

Anne Booms photo[1] copy TCRN Conference and Professional Development Grant Recipient: Anne Booms

Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Anne Booms received a TCRN conference grant to attend the 2014 Australian College of Nurse Practitioners Conference in Sydney...
Learn more about professional development grants which can assist nurses in funding educational development opportunities

Lowy Biorepository & HSA Biobank Lowy Biorepository Grant Assistance & HSA Biobank Access

Grant Application Assistance
The Lowy Biorepository provides grant application assistance to researchers wanting to include the costs of biospecimens and associated data that are a part of their research project for grant applications, such as NHMRC. This is for projects that will collect and store at the Biorepository for specific PI driven research.

The Lowy Biorepository can provide you with a quote for specimen access and storage, and a description of Lowy Biorepository services and benefits, to include in your application. Should the PI wish to make their specimens available to collaborators etc with ethics approval we are also able to facilitate this within the restraints of the consents applied to the original collections. We also offer the option of an Material Transfer Agreement to third party applicants who do not wish to enter into a collaboration with the PI of the specimen collection.

Access to HSA Biobank Specimens
In addition to specific PI collections the Lowy Biorepository also manages the Health Science Alliance (HSA) Biobank, an initiative of the Translational Cancer Research Network. The HSA Biobank is collecting and storing biospecimens and associated information from consenting participants undergoing surgery or other procedures at hospitals within the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD). It is a unique and varied collection of biospecimens and associated data that is available to all researchers undertaking HREC-approved studies.
Researchers who have ethics approved studies requiring specimens/data that have already been collected under a generic consent for future research can apply for access, see the website for further details.
Lowy Biorepository website

Community of Practice: Implementation Science Community of Practice for T3 Research

A Community of Practice in Implementation Science has been established for those doing T3 research or interested in learning more about T3 research. A webinar series has been developed starting with "what is implementation science" and a virtual journal club that people can participate in as well as a regular newsletter that people can sign up for.
Learn more about community of practice for T3 research

Cancer Institute NSW Community of Practice in Implementation Science Education in Implementation Science Community of Practice - Survey

The Cancer Institute NSW Community of Practice in Implementation Science would like T3 people to complete this survey in order to learn more about who is doing T3 research, and what their educational needs might be.
Please click here to complete the quick survey now

TCRN Members' Articles Recent Interesting Articles From TCRN Members

This month we highlight some of the recent publications attributed to TCRN members.
Stay up to date with the research conducted by TCRN members

The PoWHF Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation Grant Program

The PoWHF Grant Program provides an opportunity for staff employed by the Prince of Wales Hospital to apply for grants.
There are 5 grant categories; Health Promotion, Research/special projects, Education, Patient Care and the Louisa Hope Grant for Nurses ("LHGN").

All projects must be capable of completion using the requested funds, no ongoing or additional support will be available.
The PoWHF 2015 Grant round closes 3 April 2015.
Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation website

St George Hospital Cancer Care Centre St George Hospital Cancer Care Centre Celebrates 21 years

February marked 21 years since the official opening of the Cancer Care Centre at St George Hospital. Since opening more than 850,000 services have been provided to cancer patients – an increase from 32,000 in the first year to 54,000 in 2014.
The Cancer Care Centre has offered a one-stop shop and whole of person care for people requiring treatment for cancer as well as a variety of non-cancer conditions, such as nonmalignant blood conditions and benign tumours.
Read more about St George Hospital Cancer Care Centre

bullet Do you have an interesting story you would like to share?
If you have a news item you wish to share with TCRN members, send it to us and we can include it in the TCRN Nexus newsletter.
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