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October 2016

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bullet Welcome to the TCRN's October Nexus
This month the Cancer Institute NSW have opened EoIs for Tobacco Control Grants 2016/17.

TCRN Director Professor David Goldstein will present "Novel Approaches to Treat and Beat Cancer" at the Your Health Your Hospital seminar tonight at the Edmund Blacket Building, Prince of Wales Hospital.
The Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation host this free seminar featuring the latest developments in cancer treatments and an update of the new state-of-the-art Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre. There will be presentations from leading cancer specialists including Prof David Goldstein, Dr Michael Jackson and Dr Koroush Haghighi.

This month we profile one of the TCRN's Chief Investigators; Associate Professor Winston Liauw, Director of Cancer Services, South Eastern Area Local Health District. Associate Professor Winston Liauw leads the Multidisciplinary Care Groups program of the Clinical Improvements Into Care flagship.
Also featured is TCRN Program Coordinator Deirdre Hopkins.

See our regular feature on TCRN members who have been published recently.

There are a number of upcoming workshops and conferences including 'Managing Linked Data in Health Research' at UNSW, Implementation Science webinar and Cancer Australia applications workshop directed at the Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme.
CINSW Tobacco Control Grants Funding Opportunity: Cancer Institute NSW - Call for EOIs for Tobacco Control Grant

Cancer Institute NSW (CINSW) - Tobacco Control Grants 2016/17 Expression of Interest
The CINSW is pleased to announce the Tobacco Control Grants. The grants specifically target organisations that work with Aboriginal and/or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.
Expression of Interest - Closing Date for submissions is 21 November 2016
Closing date for submissions is 5pm, 21 November 2016

Recent Interesting Articles from TCRN Members - October Recent Interesting Articles from TCRN Members

Check out October's featured publications by TCRN members including members at Lowy Cancer Research Centre, the School of Women's and Children's Health, the Prince of Wales Clinical School, Border Medical Oncology Research Unit and the Centre for Big Data Research in Health also featuring TCRN PhD Scholarship Top-up recipients...
TCRN Members Recently Published

Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Randwick Novel Approaches to Treat and Beat Cancer; Your Health Your Hospital

The Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation will present “Your Health Your Hospital” a free health seminar - 'Novel Approaches to Treat and Beat Cancer' at the Edmund Blacket Building, Prince of Wales Hospital ("POWH"), Randwick on 20 October 2016.
The presentation is 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start on 20 October with refreshments provided.
Learn more and registration details here

Implementation Science Community of Practice Mentored training in dissemination & implementation science in cancer (MT-DIRC): A Fellow's perspective

Mentored training in dissemination & implementation science in cancer (MT-DIRC): A Fellow's perspective with Dr Nicole Rankin
The MT-DIRC is first of its kind for post-doctoral scholars (fellows)—primarily individuals in early to mid career who want to pursue implementation science or knowledge translation research in cancer.
This webinar is ideal for researchers, clinicians, practitioners and hospital-based staff with an interest in implementation science.
Register Here for Implementation Science Webinar; 24 October 2016, 2.00pm

Cancer Australia Applicant Workshop Cancer Australia Applicant Workshop

UNSW and Children’s Cancer Institute Australia will host a workshop on all Cancer Australia funding schemes, with particular emphasis on how to approach the Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS) for the 2017 round.

Dr Paul Jackson, Acting General Manager, Knowledge Management, Cancer Australia; will present the session. All UNSW researchers intending to apply for Cancer Australia funding are strongly encouraged to attend.

When: Wednesday 26 October; 10:15 to 11:45am
Venue: Level 4, Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW
Registration: Register at by 5pm, 25 October to attend the workshop.
Further information: email

TCRN Member Liz Hinde TCRN Members in the News

TCRN Members Liz Hinde along with Kat Gaus have been published in Nature Nanotechnology for their work with cancer cells and rod shaped nanoparticles to reduce some of the side effects of chemotherapies..
Read more

UNSW Centre for Big Data Research in Health Managing Linked Data in Health Research

The Centre for Big Data Research in Health, UNSW
When: 9am-5pm, 28 – 30 November 2016 (3 days)
Cost: $1,400 all participants
$900 students
More information: contact Sanja Lujic, tel. 02 9385 0695 or Louise Francis, email:
Register by 21 November 2016

Nadine Kasparian Psychological Intervention Tackles Fear of Melanoma

Over 70% of melanoma survivors live with high anxiety that their melanoma will return and need specialised support.
Randomised control trial finds new intervention halved the number of patients who had a fear of cancer recurrence that would require treatment.
Study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology as Australian marks Mental Health Week; new psychological intervention has been shown to significantly reduce melanoma survivors’ fear of their cancer returning, according to research published this week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Developed by researchers from UNSW, the University of Sydney and Melanoma Institute Australia, in partnership with three high-risk melanoma research clinics in NSW, the initiative responds to the fact that more than 70 per cent of melanoma survivors experience high levels of fear indicative of a need for psychological support.
Psychological Intervention Tackles Fear of Melanoma

NSW Health NSW Health Prevention Research Support Program - Call for Applications

The NSW Ministry of Health has announced Round 5 of the Prevention Research Support Program (PRSP) for the period July 2017 to June 2021 [formerly known as the Population Health and Health Services Research Support Program].

Funding is available to eligible NSW research organisations or collaborations conducting prevention and early intervention research that aligns with NSW Health priorities; funding directed towards research infrastructure and strategies to build research capability and translate evidence from research into policy and practice.

Further Information:
Call for applications for funding; Prevention Research Support Program – Round 5. Closing Date 30 November 2016

Menzies School of Health Research Identification of Research Priorities for Indigenous Australians and Cancer Control Survey

Complete a short survey to help Menzies School of Health Research identify what the research priorities are for Indigenous Australians and cancer control.

Poorer outcomes for Indigenous people with cancer contribute to the lower life expectancies experienced by many Indigenous peoples. The aim of this project is to gain an understanding of the gaps in the current research, what needs to be addressed in order to fill these gaps, and to also build on the previous work that has been done.
Should you wish to read further information about the project or complete the survey; open until 28 October 2016

TCRN Program Coordinator Deirdre Hopkins Meet the Operations and Projects Team - Program Coordinator Deirdre Hopkins

Meet the Operations and Projects Team - this month we speak with Program Coordinator Deirdre Hopkins on her role...
TCRN Program Coordinator Deirdre Hopkins

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