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Rainbows for Kate Sarcoma Research Grant
In January 2010, Kathleen Pishas was awarded the ASSG Inaugural Sarcoma Research Award funded through the Rainbows for Kate Foundation in memory of Tom Wood. This award will fund Kathleen’s PhD project which is primarily focused on the treatment of Ewing Sarcoma, the second most common primary malignant tumour of bone diagnosed in children and young adults. Using a novel approach Kathleen aims to investigate the treatment of Ewing Sarcoma Family of Tumours through the pharmacological activation of the p53 tumour suppressor using Nutlin-3a, a recently developed small-molecule antagonist of MDM2. This study will be undertaken within the Hanson Institute and University of Adelaide under the supervision of Professor David Callen, Dr Paul Neilsen and Associate Professor Andreas Evdokiou.
Johanna Sewell Sarcoma Research Grant
In October 2010, Kate Mahendran was awarded the inaugural Johanna Sewell Sarcoma Research Grant. This grant was awarded in honour of Johanna Sewell who was diagnosed with bone cancer (osteosarcoma) and tragically succumbed to this disease in 1989. Her mother, Ms Helen Sewell (AM) donated $50,000 to the Australasian Sarcoma Study Group (ASSG) to support sarcoma research. This grant will fund Kate's PhD project which will map p53 pathway mutations in Australian Sarcoma Kindred Study index cases and examine the relationship with clinical outcomes in these patients. In addition, Kate will leverage existing ASSG research infrastructure and foster increased Australian research activity in sarcoma. The study will be undertaken through the Familial Cancer Service at the University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital under the supervision of Professor Martin Tattersall, Associate Professor Judy Kirk and Dr Mandy Ballinger.
Xavier Krikori Sarcoma Research Grant
In February 2011, Associate Professor Damian Myers was awarded the ASSG inaugural Xavier Krikori Sarcoma Research Grant funded through the Kicking Goals for Xav Foundation. Damian’s project is expected to run for up to five years and this grant will fund the imaging component. Utilising an animal model of sarcoma, the first aim is to establish a method for early detection of sarcoma invasion and tumour metastasis by using novel X-ray imaging techniques and positron-emission tomography (PET) scanning; the second aim is to assess the potential benefits of a new therapy (pigment epithelium-derived factor PEDF). The work will be undertaken in Melbourne at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and St Vincent’s Hospital. Collaborators on this study include Professors Peter Choong and Rodney Hicks and Doctors Carl Walkley and Matthew Broadhead.
Leon Stone Sarcoma Research Grant
Leon Stone was 20 years old when he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on the 1st May 2011. A young farmer from Esperance, Leon was an avid sportsman and in his fourth year of a Bachelor of Agricultural Science & Commerce at the University of Western Australia. After a phenomenally courageous 12 month battle Leon sadly passed away on the 18th May 2012. Leon’s passion was to promote awareness about Sarcoma, and in doing so touched many people across Australia with his inspiring story. Justin Langer, Retired Australian Cricketer wrote of Leon - "Through his actions he has taught us about living in the face of adversity, with a smile on his face and a determination in his soul".
GPA Andrew Ursini Sarcoma Research Grant
The GPA Andrew Ursini Charitable Fund (GPAAU) was established in 2011 in recognition of the passing of GPA Director, Andrew Ursini. The inagural grant was awarded to Dr Jason Cain at Monash Research Institute for his work on inhibition of osteosarcoma cell lines.
Hannah's Chance Foundation Sarcoma Research Grant
The establishment of Hannah’s Chance Foundation in 2007 was the dream of Hannah Ciobo-O’Driscoll, daughter of Australian swimming great Tracey Wickham and Robert Ciobo, and Hannah’s husband Tom O’Driscoll. Hannah fought very bravely against the rare synovial sarcoma for three years until she lost her battle on 2 October 2007, aged 19.
Last update: 01-Nov-2013 12:36 PM