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July 2016

  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
This month marks the beginning of the new TCRN program grant 2016-2021. We welcome new Director Prof David Goldstein who will lead the TCRN with a new research program including five flagship programs.

Congratulations to Jitendra Jonnagaddala and the TCRN team on winning second prize for their research paper at the 2016 Nursing Informatics Congress held in Geneva.

Read about featured TCRN Members who have recently published.
TCRN conference grant recipient Dr Caroline Ford gives an insight into ovarian cancer breakthroughs, following her presentation at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in April.

Cancer survivor John Lewis is the latest to join the TCRN as a consumer; read his story and why he is getting involved.

Nominations will shortly close for the NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering recognising excellence in 9 categories including NSW Early Career Researcher of the Year & Medical Biological Sciences (Cell and molecular, medical, veterinary and genetics).

The Cancer Council NSW will be holding the annual Consumer in Research training course on 5 September 2016. This free, one-day training course equips consumers with the skills and knowledge needed to work directly with researchers.

View upcoming conferences and award nights below.
TCRN Director; Professor David Goldstein A Message from Our New Director

Dear TCRN Members,

From 1 July 2016, I started in my role as the TCRN Centre Director. I have spent most of my research career in translational work and look forward to utilising this past experience to inform my role. I look forward to engaging with you over the next five years to continue strengthening and building upon the successes of the past 5 years of the TCRN.
My vision for the TCRN is to bring together expertise across all the cancer research and clinical practice domains, complement and support them with infrastructure and research enablers and educational opportunities.
We hope to deliver a model of translational research which draws on the strong clinical, educational and research enterprises of our partners that spans university basic science and health services research, and clinical care from both metropolitan and regional centres of excellence.

If you have any questions about the TCRN, please contact

TCRN Jitendra Jonnagaddala TCRN Success at International Congress, Geneva

The TCRN team led by Professor Nick Hawkins and Professor Robyn Ward won second prize for ‘Best Scientific Paper Award’ titled “Integration and analysis of heterogeneous colorectal cancer data for translational research”.
Nursing Informatics 2016 Best Scientific Paper Award: 2nd Prize

July Featured TCRN Members' Publications Recent Interesting Articles from TCRN Members

Check out this month's featured publications by TCRN members at UNSW, Lowy Cancer Research Centre, Prince of Wales hospital, St George hospital...
TCRN Members' featured publications this month

Dr Caroline Ford, UNSW Conference and Professional Development Grant Profile: Dr Caroline Ford

Dr Ford received a TCRN Conference Grant to present the findings of some significant breakthroughs she and her research team have achieved in trying to understand the way that ovarian cancer spreads...
Learn more about Dr Ford's presentation at the AACR conference and why it was a good choice for her

TCRN CAC Member John Lewis CAC Member Profile: John Lewis

New TCRN Consumer Advisory Committee member John Lewis informs on the personal experience of a cancer survivor.
Learn more about PhD student and cancer survivor John Lewis

NSW Government - NSW Premier's Prizes; Nominations Call for Nominations: NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering

The NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering recognise excellence and reward our best and brightest for cutting-edge work that has generated economic, environmental, health, social and technological benefits for New South Wales.
Scientists, engineers, researchers and teachers working in NSW universities, research organisations, government agencies and primary and secondary schools are encouraged to submit a nomination for the relevant prize category

Prizes of $5,000 will be awarded in nine categories:
- Excellence in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry and Physics
- Excellence in Biological Sciences (Ecology, environmental, agricultural and organismal)
- Excellence in Medical Biological Sciences (Cell and molecular, medical, veterinary and genetics)
- Excellence in Engineering and Information and Communications Technology
- Energy Innovation in NSW
- NSW Early Career Researcher of the Year
- Leadership in Innovation in NSW
- Innovation in NSW Public Sector Science and Engineering
- Innovation in Science and Mathematics Teaching in NSW
Nominations Close 29 July 2016; Guidelines and Application Form

ImpSci Community of Practice - Workshop eHealth Implementation Workshop

Presented by Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation (CONCERT) and Implementation Science Community of Practice, the workshop will focus on the key ingredients for the successful implementation of eHealth interventions, addressing the following topics:
- What are some of the key issues worth considering during the design and evaluation of eHealth interventions to increase the likelihood they will be implemented?
- What are some of the key barriers and enablers to eHealth implementation?
- What are some suitable methods and outcomes for evaluating the success of eHealth implementation?

Who should attend?
Early-mid career researchers with an interest in eHealth and/or implementation science
Professionals working in a cancer or (mental) health context
Anybody with an interest in eHealth and implementation

When: 26 August 2016; 9:30am - 12:30pm
Where: The Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research - 1 Campbell Street, Liverpool, NSW 2170
Register for Workshop on eHealth Implementation (Free)

Cancer Council NSW: Consumer Training Cancer Council NSW Upcoming Consumer Research Training - Calling for EoI

Cancer Council NSW 2016 Consumer in Research and Consumer Review Panel Training – Calling for Expressions of Interest
Find out more about 'Consumer in Research' training course

NGS Thomas Ashworth Circulating Tumour Cell Symposium

Clinicians and researchers are invited to join us for the 3rd Thomas Ashworth circulating tumour cell ("CTC") Symposium to be held at the Australian Technology Park, Sydney, on 21 September 2016; 9.00am-5.30pm.

The scientific program will be clinically relevant and cover cutting edge translational research that will feature both national and international leaders in circulating tumour cell biology and clinical application of liquid biopsy. This year’s theme: Next Generation Sequencing ("NGS"), its clinical use in liquid biopsy for enhancing personalised oncology, and advances in CTC biology and metastasis.

The Sydney Cancer Conference ("SCC") follows on the next day (22-23 September), for which delegates may wish to extend their stay to include this conference. Separate SCC registration applies.

This symposium is hosted by CONCERT (The Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation); translational cancer research centre for South Western Sydney Local Health District.
Register for Thomas Ashworth Symposium CTC Symposium

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