Understanding childhood cancer

While adult cancer is often related to exposure to an environmental factor (e.g. cigarette smoke), childhood cancer is most often genetically based. We need to understand childhood cancer to find better ways to treat and, ultimately, cure this disease.

There’s cancer and there’s childhood cancer. It has different causes and effects.

researcher lab

Molecular Carcinogenesis

Program Head, Professor Glenn Marshall AM

Improving our understanding of the molecules and processes that initiate childhood cancer.

Cancer and Stem Cell Biology

Group Leader, Dr Jenny Wang

Understanding cancer stem cell biology and developing targeted therapies that are more effective and less toxic for patients.

Computational Biology

Group Leader, Associate Professor Mark Cowley

Developing computational approaches (algorithms) that can identify and prioritise clinically relevant mutations in a patient’s cancer cells.

Translational Tumour Biology

Group Leader, Associate Professor Paul Ekert

Understanding how genetic changes cause cancer, and how new therapies can specifically target how altered genes function.