Investigating the early detection of oral cancers
Research into oral oncology at UWA seeks to enhance patient care by investigating novel approaches to early detection, diagnosis and management of oral cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions.
The Oral Oncology Research Program undertakes cutting-edge clinical and translational research into head and neck cancer early detection, molecular diagnostics and imaging, under the principle of ‘bed to benchside and back’.
The Oral Oncology Research Program has five main objectives and aims to:
- Understand how oral cancer risk factors contribute to transformation of oral epithelial cells.
- Evaluate clinical tools to improve early detection and diagnosis of pre-cancerous oral lesions.
- Find a molecular signature for oral pre-cancer using molecular profiling techniques.
- Isolate and characterise oral epithelial stem and cancer stem cells.
- Undertake population-based epidemiological and clinical studies, particularly in high risk groups.
The work of the program is undertaken at the Australian Centre for Oral Oncology Research & Education (ACORE) currently housed within the UWA Dental School.
ACORE was established by Professor Camile Farah in an effort to leverage his academic, clinical and industry partnerships for the advancement of oral oncology translational research, personalised patient care, patient and clinician education and professional development, and overall advocacy for patients with head and neck cancer.
Research Program Lead: Professor Camile Farah
This program has been funded by grants from state and national organisations.
- National Health and Medical Research Council
- Cancer Australia
- Cancer Council
- Queensland Government Smart Futures Co-Investment Fund
- Dental Board of Queensland
- Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital Research Fund
- Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
- Australian Dental Research Foundation
- Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Research Fund
- Cancer Research Trust
- Australian Cancer Research Foundation