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July 2015

  The TCRN is a translational cancer research centre program funded by the Cancer Institute NSW Cancer Institute NSW  
bullet Welcome to the TCRN's July Nexus
In this month's Nexus we look at the TCRN's contribution to the 2020 Cancer Workforce, and interview Dr Jeremy Henson, head of the Cancer Cell Immortality Group and recipient of the TCRN Conference & Professional Development grant.
We highlight recent publications by TCRN members over the past month. Congratulations in particular to former TCRN support PhD student Jonathon Marks-Bluth for his first authored paper.
We also feature upcoming events and professional development opportunities - see more below.
TCRN Member Elizabeth Salisbury HSA Biobank Nominated for Translational Research Award

The HSA Biobank, a flagship initiative of the TCRN, was recently shortlisted for a 2015 SESLHD Improvement and Innovation Awards in the translational research category.

These awards recognise innovation and excellence in the delivery of health programs and services to the SESLHD community. This year’s scheme has a particular focus on the objectives of NSW 2021, such as the development of creative research and clinical partnerships, initiatives that demonstrate innovation in health system integration, and improvements to efficiencies that support better health in the SESLHD.

The TCRN was one of 120 nominations across 10 categories in 2015, and one of only three to be shortlisted in the Translational Research category. As part of the shortlisting process, Dr Elizabeth Salisbury, one of the Chief Investigators of the HSA Biobank and Clinical Director of Anatomical Pathology at SEALS ('South Eastern Area Laboratory Services') Randwick, gave a presentation on the HSA Biobank at the 2015 SESLHD Improvement and Innovation Forum on Tuesday 23 Jun.

The winners of the 2015 SESLHD Improvement and Innovation Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony on 17 July, and will go to represent SESLHD as finalists for the 2015 NSW Health Innovation Awards.

2020 Cancer Workforce Supporting the 2020 Cancer Workforce

The delivery of cancer-specific education courses at UNSW is part of a renewed TCRN push to contribute to the cancer workforce of the future ...
Read more about using education as a tool to enhance workforce participation.

Next Generation Sequencing at SEALS SEALS Next Generation Sequencing Heralds Good News for BRCA Carriers

The introduction of Next Generation Sequencing within the SEALS Molecular Genetics team at Prince of Wales Hospital has transformed genetic cancer testing services...
Learn more about the team who have rolled out Next Generation Sequencing within SESLHD.

TCRN Member Dr Jeremy Henson Conference and Professional Development Grant Recipient: Dr Jeremy Henson

Dr Jeremy Henson, head of the Cancer Cell Immortality Group in the Prince of Wales Clinical School recently attended the Telomeres and Telomerase 2015 Conference
Read more about Dr Henson's experience here.

TCRN members' publications Featured TCRN Members' Recent Publications

In this monthly article the TCRN Operations & Projects team use on-line tools to identify research publications attributed to TCRN members.
Read this month's featured members' articles.

Emma Dyce TCRN Conference Grant Recipients: Claire Pagulayan and Emma Dyce

Emma Dyce and Claire Pagulayan are radiation oncology and medical physics registrars at Prince of Wales Hospital. They recently received funding from the TCRN Conference and Professional Development Grants scheme to attend the 2015 Image-Guided Radiation Therapy in Clinical Practice Conference in Prague.
Read more about this conference here.

Cancer Implementation Science; Community of Practice Implementation Science: Community Online Resources Hub

TCRN members with an interest in T2/T3 research should be aware of the fantastic resources being developed by The Cancer Implementation Science Community of Practice. It aims to provide a forum for members to collaborate on the translation of best evidence into care and to develop a rigorous research program on how to improve the uptake of evidence into practice. The community includes representatives from across the Translational Cancer Research Centres (TCRCs) of NSW and is an initiative funded by the Cancer Institute NSW.

It includes regular journal clubs where participation can occur online as well as face to face, webinars that are also recorded for viewing later and seminars and workshops by international and national leaders in their fields. Be aware that these event are very popular and you need to book early to avoid missing out.

See for full details and to register for events.

Upcoming Events:
WORKSHOP: "Developing and Optimising interventions in Implementation Science" with Professor Sharon Straus from Knowledge Translation Canada.
When: 9:00am - 12:00pm, 16 July, 2015

JOURNAL CLUB: hosted by Prof Tim Shaw, Director of Research in Implementation Science and eHealth (RISe) Group at The University of Sydney
When: 10.00am 20 July, 2015

WORKSHOP: “Emerging Models of Professional Development: Bringing Evidence Based Care into Practice” with Dr Robert Birnbaum, Vice President of Continuing Professional Development and Implementation Science at Partners Healthcare and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
When: 9.00am - 12.00pm, 29 July, 2015
Book early to avoid missing out - places are limited.

The Bright Alliance The Bright Alliance "Name the Crane" Competition Winner

The winner of The Bright Alliance building “Name the Crane” competition has officially been named “Jane the Crane who came to take away the pain” by Frankie Richards, of Coogee Public School. Frankie chose the name, “because Jane is my very loved Auntie who has cancer and this would mean a lot.”
The winning entry was selected by a judging panel from the Prince of Wales Hospital Cancer Services, A W Edwards Pty Limited and UNSW Australia.

The two equal runners-up:
- “Pixie”. Reason: "Because it picks things up". By Menucha Brook, Yeshiva College, Bondi.
- “Harriet”. Reason: “Because Harriet can carry it.” By Rose Gibson, St Mary St Joseph Primary School, Maroubra.

Prizes were awarded by Ms Camilla D’Arcy, Assistant Marketing Manager of A W Edwards Pty Limited, and Dr Craig Lewis, Prince of Wales Hospital Cancer Services. Dr Don Perlgut, Executive Officer of The Bright Alliance, chaired the ceremony, which was attended by parents of the winners, and staff from Prince of Wales Hospital Cancer Services, A W Edwards Pty Limited, the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and Johnstaff, the building construction project manager.

The construction crane, now towers over the Bright Alliance building site which will house the Prince of Wales Hospital’s Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre, UNSW’s Scientia Clinical Research and The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network expansion.
Details of the “Name the Crane” Competition Winners.

Sydney Catalyst Symposium International Translational Cancer Research Symposium

Sydney Catalyst will host symposium at Darling Harbour 27 July 2015.
Confirmed international guests include President of the Levine Cancer Institute; Dr Derek Raghavan and Director at Partners Healthcare; Dr Robert J Birnbaum.

The full day program will provide an important opportunity for engagement, collaboration and education in the small but diverse translational cancer research community in NSW.
Symposium program and speakers - registration.

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