Researching cancer growth to stop it in its tracks
A key focus of UWA’s cancer research division is precision medicine to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of this disease. We have a number of blood based diagnostic projects aimed at improving the detection and monitoring of cancer. Our current areas of interest include circulating tumour cells, tumour educated platelets, cell free DNA and tumour derived exosome detection for both solid tumours and haematological malignancies. We have a range of additional projects detailed below.
All of our studies involve collaborations with clinicians, industry and the community to enable new findings that are clinically relevant and will make a difference to those with cancer. We research a broad range of cancer types, including haematological malignancies (adult and paediatric myeloproliferative neoplasms, CLL, AML, ALL, myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes), carcinomas of unknown primary, breast cancer, head and neck cancer, melanoma, colorectal cancer, glioblastoma, oesophageal adenocarcinoma and others.
Translational Cancer Pathology Laboratory
Research in this lab focuses on haematological malignancies, breast cancer and carcinoma of unknown primary. Our work aims to create a ‘precision’ pathology, or a unique cancer fingerprint, allowing for personalised therapy. Through our research, we hope to transform cancer pathology testing and offer improved cancer patient care throughout Australia and the world.
Translational cancer pathology is the application of new scientific discoveries to diagnostic pathology of malignant diseases. This combines molecular and cellular research to develop diagnostic tools which results in new therapeutic approaches. Translational cancer pathology strives to bridge the gap between pure science and patient care.
We have a diverse range of research and projects described below. We encourage all interested domestic and international students to review these projects and contact the Graduate Research Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any of these in more detail.
School of Biomedical Sciences
UWA’s School of Biomedical Sciences encompasses teaching and research in a range of biological, medical and health-related fields. Our range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses give students the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the intersection between human pathology and health, and an awareness of the approaches and applications of the biomedical scientific disciplines.
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