Flinders University staff who have been awarded Beat Cancer Project grants in the 2018 round include:
- Professor Ross McKinnon, Director of Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, who has received $1 million to continue his role as Beat Cancer Professorial Chair for Flinders University and innovate prevention, early intervention and treatment strategies for all cancers.
- Professor David Watson, from the Discipline of Surgery and Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, who has received $380,000 for a Beat Cancer Project Translational Research Grant to specifically address new and better ways of improving gut cancer outcomes.
- Dr Ganessan Kichenadasse and Professor Chris Karapetis from Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, who are co-investigators on a $280,000 Clinical Trial Enhancement Grant led by Country Health SA, which will introduce a clinical cancer trial model to Mount Gambier Hospital in an effort to address the gap in access and availability of therapy options in country areas.
- Dr Lauren Thurgood, Research Associate at Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, who has been awarded a $240,000 Early Career Fellowship to help develop new diagnostic tools and treatment strategies for leukaemia.
- Dr Lisa Beatty, Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, who has won a $75,000 Project Grant to determine whether a web-based psychological intervention for women with advanced breast cancer can improve wellbeing and reduce healthcare use.
- Ms Ashleigh Hocking, Research Assistant at Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, who has been awarded a Travel Grant to support her research into the treatement of mesothelioma.
- Dr Emma Kemp, Research Associate at Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, who has also been awarded a Travel Grant to further her research into the care needs of breast cancer survivors and their caregivers.
Launch of the 2018 Beat Cancer Project grants, (L-R): Alana Sparrow, Cancer Council SA General Manager, Services, Research and Public Policy; Professor Ross McKinnon, Flinders University; Lincoln Size, Cancer Council SA Chief Executive; The Hon Peter Malinauskas, Minister for Health; Professor Tim Hughes, SAHMRI; and Professor David Roder, University of South Australia
About the Beat Cancer Project
The Beat Cancer Project is a South Australian state-wide initiative intended to support and advance cancer research within the state. It is funded by Cancer Council SA and the South Australian Government (through SA Health) and administered by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).
The objectives of the Beat Cancer Project are to increase funding for cancer research, increase the capacity for researchers to attract more national and international research grants, and build a stronger cancer research workforce and broader research infrastructure in South Australia. The ultimate goal of the scheme is to find more ways to beat cancer and improve the quality of life and survival rates for people with cancer.