A global effort to improve childhood cancer treatment

13/07/2018


A database of genetic information of more than 270 cancer models, encompassing 25 different childhood cancers, has just been made publicly available. Children’s Cancer Institute contributed 90 leukaemia models to this global effort.

'Running happy kids in green field during summer time

Potential leukaemia drug excites international researchers

02/11/2017


We presented exciting results from preclinical drug testing at a cancer conference this week in the US.

'Prof Richard Lock (second from left) at conference

Resistance is futile: The MRP1 story

18/10/2017


How we got to now in our understanding of MRP1, a protein that ejects chemotherapy drugs from tumour cells and stops them stopping cancer. We're exploring future drugs that target it.

'Doctor holding jar of pills

Awareness Wednesday: testing our results

13/09/2017


In this second post in our series for Childhood Cancer Awareness month, see how we apply the basics about childhood cancer to search for better treatments.

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Awareness Wednesday: starting with the basics

06/09/2017


September is International Childhood Cancer Awareness month. This month on our blog, every Wednesday, see how research gets translated from bench to bedside.

'Kids at the Go Gold candlelight vigil

When I grow up, I want to cure cancer

04/09/2017


PhD student Ashleigh Fordham tells how her mum's diagnosis with breast cancer was the catalyst for her future career - a scientist curing cancer.

'PhD student Ashleigh Fordham now and (inset) at age 5

Emerging researchers: Han Shen, postdoctoral researcher

30/05/2017


In the second post in a series profiling our emerging researchers, we meet Dr Han Shen who's researching treatments for children with a terrible cancer.

'DIPG researcher Dr Han Shen in the lab

The microbe that started a revolution

27/04/2017


A tiny, heat-loving microbe is at the centre of the genomics revolution. It plays a vital role in the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), a technique that has transformed life sciences research.

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Cancer research meeting of minds

12/04/2017


In a capital famous for its impressive monuments, last week’s American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting (AACR) was an impressive meeting of minds.

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Meet a Researcher: Q&A with Dr Alvin Kamili

06/03/2017


Dr Alvin Kamili is Preclinical Drug Testing Core Team Leader in the Zero Childhood Cancer personalised medicine program. He tells us about his role and the challenges he’s solving in the lead-up to the program’s national clinical trial.

'Dr Alvin Kamili at work in the lab