Dialog Box


Meet the Researchers

Hear from the scientists working on finding new treatments for brain cancer and find out more about the innovative research projects they are undertaking. 




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{Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Many minds, one purpose}


{Dr Seray Adams, Macquarie University} A lot of people that I meet outside of work, they don’t have an idea of what researchers do, but it’s really exciting trying to explain it to them.


{Daniel Madani, Honours student, Cure Brain Cancer Neuro-oncology Group, Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW} It’s a very, very complex cancer, extremely complex, there are these multi-factors that apply to the progression of brain cancer, specifically as well glioblastoma. There’s no one hit wonder, like the magic bullet.


{Matt Davies, Honours student, Cure Brain Cancer Neuro-oncology Group, Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW} No real cure for a lot of brain cancer, which is something that is fascinating to a budding young scientist, I suppose.


{A/Prof. Terrance Johns, MIMR-PHI Institute of Medical Research, Victoria} The problem with the tumour is it’s very diverse. Even within an individual patient they will have a whole lot of different genetic alterations driving the same tumour, so we’re going to need very broad therapies.


{Prof. Stewart J Kellie, Paediatric Oncologist and Neuro-oncologist, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead} I think the biggest change that I have seen in my professional career has been the incorporation of research – particularly clinical trials - into the frontline treatment of children.


{Dr Kerrie McDonald, Head, Cure Brain Cancer Neuro-oncology Group, Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW} The things that have excited me the most about brain cancer research at the moment is coming out of the field of immunology. To actually be able to vaccinate against a brain tumour is beyond our wildest dreams. But it’s happening now.


{A/Prof. Terry Johns} Our knowledge of brain cancer has grown enormously in the last two or three years. Certainly we understand the disease better. I have no doubt that we will be able to develop new and better ways of targeting the disease quite rapidly over the next four or five years, but it remains an enormous challenge.


{Prof. Mark Rosenthal, Director of Medical Oncology, Royal Melbourne Hospital} The community for brain cancer specialists and research is pretty small in Australia. I see this as an opportunity to try to build the research not only within Australia and between Australian researchers, but also to work with the international brain cancer researchers, draw some of the expertise from overseas and bring it to Australia, and for Australians to participate in international research.


{Prof. Stewart Kellie} I don’t think there would be a day that goes by without me being in contact with someone elsewhere in the world.


{Dr Kerrie McDonald} Cure Brain Cancer have been absolutely amazing with the way they have brought together collaborations from the international and national. We’ve never seen this before.


{Prof. Gilles Guillemin, Macquarie University} It’s really easy to collaborate with people here, that’s what I’ve found compared with my experience in Europe. It’s easy to get access to samples from the neurosurgeons, to machines, equipment or tools from other scientists, it’s really, really easy to work together. That’s what I like about working in Australia.


{Dr Kerrie McDonald} I’m good at tumour banking, Terry’s fantastic at looking at EGFR and specific biomarkers, the Brisbane group are brilliant at their animal models, so working all together collectively we can move things faster. Watch this space because it’s a really exciting space to be in right now.


{Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Many Minds, One Purpose. www.curebraincancer.org.au}