Professor Melissa Southey has joined the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health as Monash University’s first Chair of Precision Medicine. “This is an immensely exciting phase for my team and for the discipline of Precision Medicine," Professor Southey said. "Our vision is to integrate evidence, including “big” data (not exclusively genomic data), health economics and behavioral and social sciences to deliver Precision Medicine."
Based on level 7 of the Translational Research Facility, Professor Southey and her team will continue and extend their international research program in Precision Medicine at the Monash Health Translation Precinct (MHTP).
World-first study confirms rare genetic mutations cause high breast cancer risk
A massive global study led by researchers at the University of Melbourne and Cancer Council Victoria has confirmed that the risk of developing breast cancer from some relatively rare genetic changes is similar to that from the more common BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.
Read more here.
"In the genes"
Professor Melissa Southey discusses her very interesting career path in the Medical Journal of Australia.
The Medical Journal of Australia
Volume 204, Issue 5.
21 March 2016
Professors Ingrid Winship and Melissa Southey discuss multiple gene panel testing and the boons and dilemmas it presents for breast cancer research with MJA news and online editor, Cate Swannell.
The article can be accessed here.
"Care rises to a new level"
Professor Southey discusses the group's move to the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. Read more here.
kConFab Newsletter May 2016
Professors Southey and Spurdle describe the BRIDGES project in kConFab newsletter.
NHMRC funding for international collaboration was announced on September 3rd 2015.
Dr Ming Wong was awarded the prestigious Dyason Fellowship. Read more here.
NBCF Career Development Fellowship
Dr Tu Nguyen-Dumont was awarded an NBCF Career Development Fellowship (2017-2021).
2017 University of Melbourne Excellence Award
Dan Buchanan is the recipient of a The Melbourne Research Excellence Award, for Excellence in Team-Based Research Programs. This award recognizes the outstanding achievements of academic staff in the areas of research higher degree supervision, team-based research programs and industry-engaged research.
2017 Beaney Scholarship in Pathology
Ms Medha Suman has been awarded the Beaney Scholarship, a Graduate Research Trust Scholarship from the Medical, Dental and Health Sciences Faculty, The University of Melbourne. Mediha's PhD work will focus on lobular breast cancer.
Professor Southey gave an oral presentation on heritable epimutations associated with breast cancer, while GEL presented two posters: the first on the role of RNASEL in breast cancer, and the other discussing the success of the COMPLEXO collaboration.
Epigenetics conference, 12-14 November 2015 , Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Dr Ee Ming Wong and Dr Eric Joo will present their work on DNA methylation in cancer at the Epigenetics Australian Conference 2015 in Hobart, Tasmania.
Dr Joo will deliver a talk on “Breast cancer subtypes as defined by methylome-wide analysis”.
Department of Pathology Seminars Series,
11th November 2015, Peter MacCallum Seminar room, University of Melbourne
Prof Melissa Southey will give a seminar titled "From Personalised Medicine to Precision Public Health".
The 3rd VCCC Breast Cancer Research Symposium, 6th November 2015, The WEHI, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Dr Tu Nguyen-Dumont is invited to give a presentation in the Hereditary breast cancer and the cancer genome session. Her talk will be titled "Gene panel tests: constructing BRIDGES between technology and evidence-based practice".
Translating Cancer Epidemiology: From cells to clinic and population,
23-25 October 2015, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Dr Tu Nguyen-Dumont will present her work on characterising the mutation spectrum of PALB2 in clinically ascertained families from the BCFR at the Familal Aspect of Cancer symposium, a satellite of the Epi conference organised by the Huntsman Cancer Institute, SLC, Utah.
Dr Daniel Buchanan has led work reported in a new publication "Genetic variants within the hTERT gene and the risk of colorectal cancer in Lynch syndrome” to be published in Genes and Cancer.
GEL's collaboration with Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF, Malaysia) has led to a new publication "Evaluation of germline BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in a multi-ethnic Asian cohort of ovarian cancer patients" in Gynecologic Oncology (PMID: 26541979).