Genomics Research, Queensland
Lead: Professor Brandon Wainwright, Institute for Molecular Biosciences
Brandon is Director of The Institute for Molecular Biosciences. His laboratory has made great progress in understanding the genetic pathways behind medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumour that occurs predominantly in children.
Recently identifying the Hedgehog pathway, a set of genetic mutations that contribute to the development of a wide range of tumour types, including brain as well as lung, pancreatic and ovarian, the laboratory has made a significant step in understanding what causes these cancers.
During the past 12 months, the laboratory has examined the Hedgehog pathway and how it interacts with other genetic pathways to gain a better understanding of the normal development of the skin and cerebellum and the tumours derived from those organs.
Translating research findings in both tumour types will have a significant impact on improving the health of all Australians affected by these diseases.
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