The epidemiology, genetics, pathology and molecular oncology of this disease are being investigated in collaboration with local clinical specialists in these fields, leading overseas researchers and postgraduate students with science or medical qualifications.
Research into colorectal cancer is under the clinical leadership of Winthrop Professor Cameron Platell, Director of Colorectal Cancer Research at St John of God Hospital, Subiaco and the scientific leadership of Professor Barry Iacopetta, Director of Research at the Translational Cancer Research Laboratory at Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre.
The group has access to an extensive bank of stored tissue samples obtained with permission from patients treated clinically. This Tissue Bank will continue to be an invaluable resource for colorectal cancer research.
Many of those enrolled in higher degrees have been junior doctors who have gone on to specialise in the surgical field whilst maintaining a strong commitment to the mantra of ‘from benchtop to bedside’, that is, to the translation of research findings into improved patient care.
The group’s past and present research interests include:
Our research group has an international profile of excellence along with an impressive research output which includes publication in high-impact journals such as:
Several former postgraduate students are now at prestigious overseas laboratories in London, Singapore and the USA.