Cancer Council ACT announces research grant on World Cancer Day

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Cancer Council ACT is proud to continue to support local cancer researchers who strive to improve treatments for cancer and with the ultimate goal of a cancer free future. This World Cancer Day, Monday 4th February, Cancer Council ACT announces Associate Professor Dr Anneke Blackburn from the John Curtin School of Medical Research (ANU) as the successful recipient of the 2018-19 Cancer Council ACT Research Grant.

The $65,000 grant will allow Principal Investigator Dr Blackburn and her team to continue collaborative cancer research between The Australian National University and the Canberra Hospital.

Cancer Council ACT Board member, Associate Professor Dr Paul Craft, says the Cancer Council strives to provide a grant for local cancer research each year.

“Supporting local cancer research is a strategic priority for the Cancer Council in the ACT, and each year a portion of funds raised by the Cancer Council are dedicated to local cancer research,” said Dr Craft.

“We could not do this without the support of the local community who donate to the Cancer Council and who also support local fundraising events the Council holds held throughout the year,” he said.

This year’s World Cancer Day theme, ‘I am and I will’ well suits the continued commitment by the Cancer Council to support local researchers, and over $1.7m has been allocated to local cancer research projects since 2003.

“Every year, we receive a number of high quality grant proposals, and they are assessed on merit with external assistance from the National Health and Medical Research Council,” said Dr Craft.

Dr Blackburn says the grant will support continuation of research into the development of a drug with very low toxicity that changes how cancer cells use their glucose (metabolism).

“Our aim is to define which cancers respond to this drug, paving the way for clinical trials in patients who will receive the most benefit,” said Dr Blackburn. 

Dr Blackburn will be presented with the grant cheque at the Canberra Region Cancer Centre prior to a survivorship panel discussion which is part of a day of events run by the Cancer Centre, with the support of Cancer Council ACT, for World Cancer Day.

Media contact details: Sandra Turner – CCACT Chief Executive - Mobile: 0414 695 632

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