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News • 11 Feb 2020

Nervous tissue growth factors promote aggressive cancers

Researchers from the University of Newcastle and Hunter Cancer Research Alliance are discovering exciting new avenues for the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer using the knowledge that nerve cells act to fuel cancer growth.

Dr Matt Dun at the awards, presented at Parliament House

News • 6 Nov 2019

Biomedical scientist’s mission to conquer cancer recognised at NSW Premier's Awards

Dr Matt Dun was named the Outstanding Cancer Research Fellow at this year's NSW's Premier Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research.

News • 8 Oct 2019

Pioneering partnership to improve breast cancer patient outcomes

A new partnership between Hunter Cancer Biobank based at HMRI and Breast Cancer Trials will boost breast cancer research in the Hunter and beyond.

Associate Professor Gillian Gould

News • 9 May 2019

New support will help pregnant Indigenous women quit smoking

Health professionals and organisations will receive additional training and resources to help support Indigenous women quit smoking during pregnancy under a new multi-million dollar initiative being funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

News • 14 Mar 2019

Significant funding boost to aid global health issues

Hunter researchers have been successful in securing more than $2.8million to work toward solutions for some of the nation’s most pressing health challenges.

News • 7 Mar 2019

Mark Hughes Foundation awards innovation in brain cancer

Five highly innovative brain cancer research projects have received over $725,000 in funding from the Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) following a nationwide call-out and scientific review by experts in the field.

News • 14 Feb 2019

Funding awarded for innovative cancer research

Three University of Newcastle researchers have been awarded career fellowships worth more than $1.6 million for research into innovative cancer treatment.

Mr Andrea Rufo OAM and Dr Nikki Verrills

News • 26 Jun 2018

Pink Frangipani Ball blossoms hope for breast cancer patients

Current chemotherapy and radiation treatment options for breast cancer patients are grueling, and not all patients see positive results, however with funding raised from the 2018 Pink Frangipani Ball, Dr Nikki Verrills and her research team hope to develop revolutionary new therapies.

Dr Rick Thorne, Professor Zhang, Dr Jin

News • 17 May 2018

Two new pathways expand the horizon for cancer research

Until now, global cancer research has focused on two per cent of the human genome that make proteins. However, break-through research at the University of Newcastle has established exciting possibilities with genes that were previously thought to be ‘non-functioning’ in cancer cells, following the discovery of two new pathways that could play a role in cancer treatments.

News • 30 Apr 2018

Health professionals need to work together to help cancer patients quit smoking: new research

Survey of oncologists highlights evidence-practice gap in smoking cessation care.

News • 4 Apr 2018

Development program puts female researchers at the fore

Fifteen female early and mid-year career researchers from the University of Newcastle (UON) will have the opportunity to progress their academic careers with a development program designed to break through gender barriers.

News • 25 Jan 2018

End of life conversations imperative to inform care

The majority of Australian cancer patients nearing the end of their life would prefer to do so in the location of their choice, however new research shows only seven per cent of patients are having this key conversation with their doctor.


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