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Dan Catchpoole
Associate Professor Dan Catchpoole, Head of the Tumour Bank in the Children's Cancer Research Unit , has been elected by his peers as the new President-Elect on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER). In the new role he will undertake a number of executive responsibilities as well as assisting to guide the...
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Illustration of a couple comforting each other
Existing bereavement support for families, friends, community members and health professionals affected by childhood cancer now includes three additional translations of the audio-visual By My Side resource, aided by a Multilingual Information Projects grant from the South East Sydney Local Health District. The By My Side bereavement resource was launched in 2016 by researchers at the Behaviou...
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Virtual reality goggles
Virtual reality
Associate Professor Dan Catchpoole, Head of the Tumour Bank at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, has been awarded $260,000 to use Virtual Reality (VR) visualization to allow childhood cancer specialists to make more informed treatment decisions for their patients, thanks to an innovative grant program by the Sony Foundation and cancer charity Tour de Cure. The program aims to bring medical...
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Research integrity
Professor Jennifer Byrne, head of the Children's Cancer Research Unit and professor of molecular oncology at the University of Sydney, has been digging deeper into scientific fraud since she made an alarming discovery one night in 2015 as she was browsing through research papers on PubMed.  She noticed striking similarities between several papers published by differe...
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Written by Dianne Sylvester, University of Sydney PhD candidate at the Children's Cancer Research Unit, and Professor Jennifer Byrne, Head of the Children's Cancer Research Unit. It has long been suspected that cancer can be written in our genes, or in our DNA. This could also be true more often for childhood cancer patients. Cancer diagnosed at a young age could indicate a genetic cause, thro...
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Premier's Award
Congratulations to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, oncologist Dr Antoinette Anazodo, winner of the Rising Star PhD candidate award at the NSW Premier’s Award for Cancer Research. Dr Anazodo’s PhD led to the development of the first oncofertility registry looking at the uptake, utilisation, complications and success of fertility preservation. She has worked on identifying the barrier...
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  • 08 October 2018
Clinical Trials
An animation that supports both parents and young people who are deciding whether to enrol in a childhood cancer clinical trial has been launched by researchers at the Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, and the School of Women's and Children's Health, UNSW Sydney. The video is the first piece of a world first suite of resources called Delta, which are being developed by...
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Annual Review
The Children’s Cancer Research Unit (CCRU) has published their inaugural Year in Review, detailing their research accomplishments, advocacy and fundraising activities from 2017 as they strive to improve childhood cancer treatment and survival for children like Bryson (pictured).  
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Scientific Literature
This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. I’m a regular biomedical scientist, although in one sense I’m perhaps a bit different, in that I really like the process of writing. From speaking with colleagues and teaching postgraduate students abou...
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Zero Childhood Cancer trial shows promising results
Clinical trials
The Zero Childhood Cancer program has released initial results of its national clinical trial, revealing promising outcomes within its first 12 months.   Of the 128 children enrolled in the trial from across Australia with high-risk and relapsed cancers, 67% were provided with personalised treatment plans aimed at killing their unique cancer cells. For most children enrolled in the trial,...
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