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Cancer Research and Innovation Reception – Washington DC

The Pheo Para Troopers and their partners, the Pheo Para Alliance, will be celebrating a joint cancer research project between the National Institutes of Health and University of Melbourne in Washington DC on 15th June 2017. Keynote speakers for this exciting event will be Dr. Richard Tothill, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and Dr. Rory Clifton-Bligh, Kolling Institute of Medical Research.

For more info on this event and donations, visit pheoparatroopers.org/events/cancer-research-innovation-reception.

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Asbestos 101

We’re sure you have heard of asbestos. It’s a highly heat-resistant fibrous mineral that is found in some fabrics, brake linings and fire-resistant and insulating materials.

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Scalp Cooling – What Is It?

Chemotherapy induced hair-loss can be very demotivating, distressing and it knocks the confidence of many who have to go through it.

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What is Translational Cancer Research?

Cancer research is one of the most talked about topics and rightly so. Cancer research is making incredible breakthroughs and paving the way for a future where cancer can be cured and prevented.

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Research Scholarship Awards – Round 5

Sydney Vital is pleased to announce the awardees for round 5 of our research scholarships awards. Congratulations to all our awardees and those who applied.

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Research Fellowship in the area of Nanotechnology – CLOSED

Applications are invited from suitably qualified researchers for a Research Fellowship under Sydney Vital Flagship Program 3: Nanotechnology.

This is also to invite any of you interested in Translational Cancer Research to become a member of Sydney Vital.

Key Dates

Call for Applications: Tuesday 31st January 2017
Closing Date for Applications: Tuesday 27th February 2017
Announcement of Outcome aim at: Wednesday 15th March 2017
Please read on: Flagship3_ Nanotechnology_Research Fellowship_ Application_2017-31012017

Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Email: [email protected] for general information regarding your application submission.

Email: Alexander Engel: [email protected] for specific question regarding the Flagship 3.

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Sydney Vital Cancer Conference 2016

The Sydney Vital Centre Conference 2016 (SCVV 2016) saw a panel of medical specialists, patient advocates and patients gather at the Kolling Institute to discuss how cancer research improves outcomes.

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Research Scholarship Applications Round 5 – CLOSED

Sydney Vital is pleased to offer 5 x Research Scholarship Awards to the value of $10,000 each for one year, to students, preclinical and clinical researchers working in the area of Translational Cancer Research.

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Funding Awarded By Sydney Vital

The research projects below were awarded by Sydney Vital. We will post their progress when it is submitted and to keep up-to-date with our scholarships, funding and awards, check out our grant schemes.

#AwardeeInstitutionSupervisorResearch TitleAmount
1Jerikho BulanadiKolling Institute of Medical ResearchProf Ross SmithChemotherapeutic prodrugs incorporated within recombinant high density lipoprotein nanoparticles as a modality of targeted delivery.$15,000
2Emma ColvillSydney University Medical SchoolProf Paul KeallThe bench-to-bedside clinical implementation of real-time targeted radiotherapy for prostate cancer$15,000
3Grace GiffordHaematology and Anatomical Pathology Departments. Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, SydneyDr William StevensonGene expression profiling of high grade B-cell lymphomas with NanoString nCounter technology. Validation of a novel diagnostic platform and implementation into clinical use for prognostication and therapeutic decision-making.$15,000
4Dr Anthony GloverKolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore HospitalProf Stanley SidhuNoncoding RNAs as tumour suppressors in adrenal cancer: Unlocking the mechanisms to improve patient outcomes.$15,000
5Diana HatoumFaculty of Science, UTS SydneyDr Najah NassifA Role for p14ARF-p53 in Treatment Resistance and Recurrence in Hormone-dependent Breast Cancer.$15,000
6Samuel BrennanFaculty of Science, UTS SydneyDr Rose Martiniello-WilksDevelopment of a non-invasive liquid biopsy for prostate cancer: Identification of unique exosome microRNA (exomiR) signatures in patient body fluids for cancer diagnosis and prognosis.$15,000
7Ben HarrisSydney Medical School, University of SydneyDr Kellie CharlesInvestigating mechanisms of chemoresistance to platinum drugs mediated by systemic inflammation.
8Adrian LeeBill Walsh Translation Cancer Research Laboratory, Kolling InstituteDr Viive Howell"Do molecular aberrations in the tumour predict for venous thrombotic episodes in patients with
glioblastoma multiforme?"
9Jaynish ShahSydney Medical School, University of SydneyProf Deborah MarshInvestigating the complexity of p53 pathways in ovarian cancer: are non-coding RNAs the key?$15,000
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Implementation Research _ Seed Funding Round 2 – CLOSED


Sydney Vital is calling for proposals for implementation research pilot projects via an Expression of Interests (EOI) process.

This expression of interest (EOI) may include (but are not limited to) the following themes:

  •  Educate Sydney Vital member network on implementation (T3) of evidence based supportive care strategies for cancer symptoms and treatment side effects.
  •  Develop Health Professional Education modules using e-learning techniques which can be made available to clinicians in NSW.
  •  Identify new clinical pathways or techniques based on the evidence based guidelines suitable for implementation
  •  Test methods for delivery of psychosocial support and reduction of treatment toxicity
  •  Identify ways to improve management of survivorship issues in cancer patients including cognitive dysfunction.
  •  Implement communication skills training or other self- care strategies for staff working with late stage cancer patients.
  •  Test new methods of care or prognostic factors for patients with late stage cancer.


Up to $25,000 in funding to support the undertaking of an implementation research project. The funding must be spent within 12 months of receiving the award. Management team may allocate funding to one or more implementation research projects in the 2015-2016 calendar year.

For further information: Implementation Research_Seed Funding Round 2

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