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KCA Travel Grants now open

KCA invites applications from early- and mid-career researchers for grants of $1,000 for domestic travel or $3,000 for international travel to attend medical or scientific meetings for the purpose of furthering the researcher’s expertise in the study of child cancer.


This grant is intended to support KCA members and their research staff who are in the early to mid-stages of their research career (early post-doc to newly independent researcher). Applicants must be a KCA member or a researcher in a KCA member’s research group.


Through the travel grants program, KCA helps bring its members together with other doctors and scientists working in child cancer, nationally and internationally.


For further details, please contact Michael Evtushenko (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Jennifer White (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Women in IT: KCA bioinformatician shows how it’s done

KCA bioinformatician Chelsea Mayoh says she was ‘proud and honoured’ to have represented KCA as a member of the panel at the Women in IT Executive Mentoring (WITEM™) event held in Canberra last month. The event was held on 21 November at Parliament House, and was launched by Foreign Ministger Julie Bishop.

The WITEM program was founded by Dell Australia in 2005 with the aim of addressing the low number of women in the IT industry, by providing women with dedicated executive mentors drawn from leaders in the industry. The program is unique in bringing together technology organisations and executives in a cross-mentoring structure that combines face-to-face mentoring with regular facilitated group sessions. 

Congratulations Chelsea!



Cancer Predisposition Symposium a great success

Thank you to all those attending and presenting at our KCA Cancer Predisposition Symposium, held Friday 26 August at Australian Technology Park.

Opened by The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, Minister for Health, NSW, the event attracted 135 cancer researchers and clinicians.  We received fantastic feedback about the quality of the program., which featured  two international experts in translational cancer genetics, as well as an impressive line-up of interstate and local investigators. 


Emerging Technologies Workshop – register now!

KCA is pleased to be hosting a free workshop for cancer researchers on Friday 9 December.

Emerging Technologies Workshop
Friday 9 December, 2pm – 5pm (with refreshments to follow)
Case Study Lecture Theatre 1050, Abercrombie Business School, University of Sydney
(please see venue and parking information below Program)

Places are limited. To register, please contact Michael Evtushenko, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Please note that as this is a catered event, we would appreciate being notified if your attendance plans change.



1.55-2.00      Welcome      

2.00-2.20       A/Prof Alex Swarbrick (Garvan Institute / Kinghorn Cancer Centre) 
                         Single cell analysis

2.20-2.40       A/Prof Lachlan Coin (The University of Queensland)  
                          Bioinformatics tools for detecting CNVs in low-cellularity tumours

2.40-3.00       Prof Roger Reddel (Children’s Medical Research Institute)
                         Proteomics facility at CMRI

3.00-3.20       Dr Lynne Turnbull (University of Technology Sydney)
                           Live imaging in super resolution

3.20-3.40       Dr Jenny Wang (Children’s Cancer Institute)
                           Identification of novel mechanisms for self-renewal and drug resistance of  malignant stem cells

3.40-4.00      Afternoon tea                

4.00-4.20       Dr Marina Pajic (Garvan Institute / Kinghorn Cancer Centre
                         Patient derived xenografts and personalised medicine

4.20-4.40       Prof Neil Watkins (Garvan Institute / Kinghorn Cancer Centre)  
                          siRNA screens for genes conferring chemotherapy drug resistance

4.40-5.00       Dr Belinda Kramer (Kids Research Institute)
                           Developing CAR T cells to target paediatric solid tumours

5.00-6.00      Drinks and canapés


Directions - ABS Case Study Lecture Theatre 1050

Parking - Parking at the University can be limited and expensive. Please give yourself plenty of time to find parking, or consider using public transport.

Public Transport – the venue is a 10-minute walk from Redfern Railway Station, and there are buses from Central Station.


2016 CINSW funding announced!

Just announced: KCA has received a $6.5 m grant from the Cancer Institute New South Wales (CINSW)  - the largest single grant awarded this year. First established through a CINSW grant in 2011, KCA has dramatically increased the application of research to the clinic, with NSW now leading Australia in offering a wide range of therapeutic options for children with high risk cancer. KCA has also been working to improve the model of care for children treated in rural settings and for young adult cancer survivors. This new CINSW grant will allow us to take our research strategy for the next 5 years into the new realm of genetic predisposition and prevention of child cancer - a very exciting development.


2015 KCA Scholarship Winners

Five KCA ‘PhD Top-up’ scholarships were awarded this year. Worth $18,000 each, the scholarships were open to all KCA students enrolled at the University of Sydney or University of NSW.

Congratulations to Michael Lee (CMRI), Aaron Moye (CMRI), Walter Muskovic (CCI), Keith Sia (CCI), and Lauren Touyz (SCHN). We’re sure you’ll put them to great use!


KCA Leukaemia Symposium

The Kids Cancer Alliance was pleased to host another international symposium this year, this time focusing on the latest developments in pre-clinical and clinical leukaemia research around the world. Held Friday 28 August 2015 at the University of Sydney, the symposium featured a number of international speakers as well as Australian experts.

Thank you to all those who came - it was a wonderful day of learning and sharing.


2015 Premier’s Awards success

KCA researchers were again recognised for their outstanding contribution to cancer research in NSW at the 2015 Premier’s Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research. This time around, it was two teams from the Children’s Cancer Research Unit at Kids Research Institute that took the honours.

The ‘Excellence in Translational Cancer Research’ award went to Prof Ian Alexander Dr Geoff McCowage, and Dr Belinda Kramer and for their gene therapy research into treatment and side effects in children with brain cancer. A/Prof Dan Catchpoole and collaborators from UTS and UWS were awarded the ‘Big Data, Big Impact’ award for their data mining project, which aims to provide clinicians with data enabling tailored treatment decisions to be made for each child with cancer.

Congratulations all!