Sarcoma Research Grants Awards

 

Please see 2017 Sarcoma Research Grants for 2017 grant announcements.

 

Rainbows for Kate Sarcoma Research Grant

The Rainbows for Kate Foundation was established in memory of Kate Boyson who passed away in October 2007, just 5 months after being diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma. She was just 32 years and mother to two little girls. The Foundation aims to address the current lack of knowledge in relation to Sarcoma cancers by funding vital research into these brutal cancers, so that those who are affected have more time and more options than Kate had.

In January 2011, Kathleen Pishas was awarded the ASSG Inaugural Sarcoma Research Award funded through the Rainbows for Kate Foundation in memory of Tom Wood.

Previous Grant Winners:

Year

Amount

Recipient

Institution

Title (PhD Scholarship)

2011- 2013

$ 25,000 pa

Kathleen Pishas

University of Adelaide

Treatment of Ewings Sarcoma Family of Tumours through the pharmacological activation of p53

2013-2015

$  25,000 pa

Xiaochun Wang

UNSW

Multiple targeted therapies in human sarcomas

 

Johanna Sewell Sarcoma Research Grant

Ms Helen Sewell (AM) was a former National Director and now highly involved member of Redkite http://www.redkite.org.au/, one of Australia’s leading philanthropic organisations addressing the needs of young people with cancer. Helen was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her substantial community contributions. Helen is a key supporter of the Australasian Sarcoma Study Group (ASSG) and has been involved in its development since inception.

Helen’s commitment to addressing the burden of cancer in young people and sarcomas in particular, was inspired by personal experience. Her daughter, Johanna, was diagnosed with bone cancer (osteosarcoma) and tragically succumbed to this disease in 1989. In honour of Johanna, Helen continues to donate to the ASSG to support sarcoma research.


Previous Grant Winners:

Year

Amount

Recipient

Institution

Title

2011

 $50,000

Kate Mahendran

University of Sydney

To map p53 pathway mutations in Australian Sarcoma Kindred Study index cases and examine the relationship with outcomes in these patients.

2012

 $25,000

MaryAnn Young

PeterMac

Research participants’ and healthcare professionals’ views of the feedback of genetic test information following participation in the International Sarcoma Kindred study (ISKS)

2013

 $50,000

Gillian Mitchell

PeterMac

A pilot surveillance study in Li Fraumeni syndrome

2013

 $25,000

Damian Myers

St Vincents

‘Quantum Dots’ with combined structural and functional imaging to investigate osteosarcoma biology and potential therapies.

2014

 $50,000

Daniel Gough

Monash Institute of Medical Research

Defining the role of STAT3 as a tumour supressor in osteosarcoma

2015

 $50,000

David Goode

PeterMac

Validating putative novel sarcoma risk genes via targeted DNA sequencing

2016  $50,000
Jeremy Hensen

UNSW
New drug combination with ATR-CHK1 axis inhibitors for Osteosarcoma
2017
 $50,000
Lucy Coupland The John Curtin School of Medical Research
Novel Therapies for Osteosarcoma: RNA Pol I Inhibitors

 

 

Xavier Krikori Sarcoma Research Grant

The Kicking Goals for Xav Foundation has been established in memory of Xavier Krikori, who at 17 years of age lost his battle in January 2009, just 8 months after being diagnosed with an aggressive soft tissue cancer – Ewings Sarcoma. Xav began feeling unwell in March 2008 and despite admissions to hospital – there was no diagnosis until May. Family and friends all watched this beautiful young man – whose smile could light up a room – fight this terrible, invasive and aggressive cancer. The foundation aims to raise funds for research to improve outcomes and help decrease the personal and community impact of sarcoma.

Previous Grant Winners:

Year

Amount

Recipient

Institution

Title

2011

$25,000

Damian Myers

St Vincents Melbourne

Suppression of osteosarcoma tumour invasion and metastasis: Monitoring therapeutic outcomes using advanced imaging techniques

2014

$20,000

Kathleen Pishas

University of Adelaide Hanson Institute

Exploiting a novel therapeutic target in Ewing sarcoma

2016
 $20,000
Timothy Chittleborough

PeterMac
Profiling desmoid tumours in FAP patients and exploring new strategies to prevent and treat desmoid tumours using a novel mouse model
2017
 $26,000
Toby Trahair

Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children's Hospital 
New therapies for ALK-rearranged inflammatory myofibroblastic tumour (IMT) and epithelioid inflammatory myofibroblastic sarcoma (eIMS)

 

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 WA, 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".

Previous Grant Winners:

Year

Amount

Recipient

Institution

Title

2013

 $34,000

Mannu Walia

St Vincents

Deciphering the role of cAMP response element binding protein (CREB) in osteosarcoma

2014

 $36,000

Liliana Endo-Munoz

UoQ Daimantinia Institute

Defining the role of STAT3 as a tumour supressor in osteosarcoma

2015

 $25,000

Christine Hawkins

LaTrobe Uni

Pre-clinical evaluation of IAP antagonists in osteosarcoma

2016
$20,000
Kenneth Hsu
Kid's Research Institute at Westmeade
Developing genetically modified T cells for the treatment of paediatric tumours


 

GPA Andrew Ursini Sarcoma Research Grant

GPA Engineering has a long history of sponsorship of employees and their family’s interests in for example, junior sport, charity runs, children’s charities and cultural activities and this led to the idea of establishing a Charitable Fund. Unfortunately, as the idea progressed, Andrew Ursini, then a Director of GPA, developed bone cancer (Osteosarcoma) and tragically, succumbed to this disease in 2010. Before Andrew’s death however, he gave support to establishing and employee driven fund, which has since become a vehicle to perpetuate Andrew’s memory: the GPA Andrew Ursini Charitable Fund (GPAAU). The GPAAU had since become a supporter of the Australasian Sarcoma Study Group (ASSG) and continues to donate to sarcoma research.

Previous Grant Winners:

Year

Amount

Recipient

Institution

Title

2012

 $50,000

Jason Cain

Monash

Investigating the Effect of the Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor, LBH589, on Chemotherapy Sensitization and Residual Disease in Pre-Clinical Models of Osteosarcoma

2013

 $50,000

Jason Cain

Monash

Investigating the Effect of the Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor, LBH589, on Chemotherapy Sensitization and Residual Disease in Pre-Clinical Models of Osteosarcoma

2013/2014
$50,000
Susan Neuhaus
Royal Adelaide Hospital SA
Improving outcomes in curable sarcoma
2016
 $75,000 (over 3 years)
Christine Hawkins
La Trobe University
Testing the efficacy and safety of SM-164 for osteosarcoma treatment


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.

Previous Grant Winner:

Year

Amount

Recipient

Institution

Title

2013

 $30,000

Brendan Joss

Hollywood Private Hospital WA

A multidisciplinary team approach to improving long term outcomes in sarcoma survivors

2017
$30,000
Hayden Snow
PeterMac
Characterising the immune microenvironment in adipocytic and non-adipocytic sarcoma, its impact on prognosis and the effect of radiotherapy

 

 

 

 

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