Grant coup for cancer researcher

Congratulations to WA Health researcher Christobel Saunders, who has been awarded $9 million to conduct research into improving care pathways for cancer patients.

Professor Christobel Saunders, WA Health researcher
Professor Christobel Saunders

Professor Saunders, who is also a breast surgeon and oncologist, was one of two WA researchers awarded a Collaborative Cancer Research Grant under a new grant program that has been established by the Cancer Research Trust (CRT).

The $9 million grant, which is subject to review after five years, is made up of $6.75 million from the CRT and another $2.25 million from the program’s partner institutes and organisations including the Cancer Council of WA ($250,000 over five years), Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Telethon Kids Institute, Edith Cowan University, the University of Western Australia, Murdoch, Curtin and Notre Dame universities and St John of God Research.

Professor Saunders’ project, Patients First: the Continuous Improvement in Care - Cancer project, will bring together a multi-disciplinary team of scientists – clinicians, IT specialists and health services researchers who will measure outcomes that are important to cancer patients and identify shortfalls in care pathways. They will also generate – and trial – new interventions.

The Cancer Research Trust (CRT) was established in 2009 to promote and support collaborative cancer research in Western Australia and to make a globally-significant contribution to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer.

The other researcher Professor Alistair Forrest from Perkins Institute received the same amount of funding. His research will provide insights into how cancer develops at the most microscopic level.