Funding supports research translation on all fronts
In last month’s message I remarked on the breadth of Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding across the VCCC alliance for some of Australia’s big cancers. This month, further funding has been announced that is consistent with our goal to speed up translation of cancer biology to 21st century personalised cancer care, prioritise new technologies and improve outcomes for people with cancers that have lower survival rates.
Dr Mark Buzza appointed Head of Clinical Research Programs
As the VCCC moves towards an exciting new chapter in our growth and development, we are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Mark Buzza as Head of Clinical Research Programs. Mark will lead the strategic development and operational delivery of the VCCC clinical research programs portfolio.
Monthly online sessions
Breast cancer patient care requires the expertise of a wide range of specialists. To create better, more effective multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) the VCCC is launching a multidisciplinary medical education series for breast cancer.
Three talented researchers to receive $ 10,000 each to extend their research and develop global collaborations
Each year, the VCCC invites PhD students to apply for a prestigious award in the categories of basic science, clinical science and population health. The Picchi Award for Excellence in Cancer Research prizes are awarded in a tradition that has spanned more than a decade, and acknowledge potential world-class researchers embarking on their careers.
Outlining the phases of the emotional landscape
Dr Kym Jenkins is Chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges, immediate past-President of the Royal Australian New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), Chair of the Migrant and Refugee Health Partnership and Board Director at Mental Health Australia.
In March this year my colleagues Karen Gaunson, Margie Stuchbery, Brett McDermott and I joined together to work out how we, as a group of experienced mental health clinicians, could best contribute during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Victorian COVID-19 Cancer Network (VCCN)
An exciting opportunity is offered for a new part time, 6 month secondment in the VCCN, working remotely to provide project management expertise and support to the Telehealth Expert Working Group.
For many people with cancer, COVID-19 has disrupted their treatment causing distress and worry
Dr Nienke Zomerdijk, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psycho-Oncology, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences writes that it is crucial to develop new ways to provide high-quality cancer management and support.
SKILLED internship program extended
Earlier this year, the Australian Government awarded $32 million to MTPConnect for the Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry (REDI) initiative, through the Medical Research Future Fund.
To deliver the REDI program MTPConnect has partnered with research, training and industry organisations, including the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) to implement an integrated plan driving skills development and workforce training to enhance the medical technologies and pharmaceutical industry.
Join the VCCC distributed leadership team to enhance relationships across the alliance membership
A collaborative influencer with significant research profile in sarcoma is sought to provide leadership and strategic direction of the research and education aspects of the VCCC sarcoma tumour stream with the goal of embedding the latest research and evidence more quickly into routine clinical practice.
Weekly webinars during July
Australia and New Zealand Sarcoma Association (ANZSA) is partnering with the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre in July to present a special series of four webinars for Sarcoma Awareness Month. The webinar series will prompt discussion and answer questions on a range of topics including sarcoma-related clinical trials, managing practical issues while undergoing treatment, life after sarcoma treatment and patient referral pathways for GPs.
The series is suitable for health professionals, people undergoing treatment for sarcoma and their families.
Apply now for prestigious new award; closing end July 2020
The Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium is offering a new prize of $ 5,000 acknowledging the work of an outstanding mid-career researcher. This opportunity is open until Friday 31 July 2020.