EMPathy Breast Cancer Network: News
Convener for TEMTIA-VII
are pleased to announce that EMPathy BCN chief investigator Rik Thompson will
be convening the 7th EMT (Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition) International
Meeting: TEMTIA-VII which will be held from 11th-14th, October 2015 in
Major Publication in The EMBO Journal
Congratulations to EMPathy BCN chief investigator Greg Goodall and his team on publishing a key article on The EMBO Journal ,"Genome-wide identification of miR-200 targets reveals a regulatory network controlling cell invasion".
NBCF Infrastructure Grant
Congratulations to EMPathy BCN chief investigator Robin Anderson for being awarded the NBCF Infrastructure Grant, "NBCF Repository of Primary tumours and Metastases from Breast Cancer patients". This would be a five year program aimed to collect tissues for multiple research projects.
Congratulations to EMPathy BCN chief investigator Christobel Saunders and her colleagues who are finalists in the 2013 ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology.
New Consumer Representative
Awarm welcome to Kym Berchtenbreiter who has joined as a BCNA Consumer Representative from March 2013.
We are sad to learn that Niki Aravanis had passed away after her battle with metastatic breast cancer in January 2013. Niki joined us last year as a BCNA Consumer Representative and generously gave her time, interest and enthusiasm to bring about better outcomes for people with breast cancer, especially metastatic breast cancer. Niki's professional input and fresh approach, and her gentle, private personality were very much valued and will be much missed.
Very best wishes and a heart-felt thank you to Jennifer Johnston, who has resigned (in November 2012) for health reasons after only recently joining us as a BCNA Consumer Representative. Jen focused on metastatic breast cancer, which she felt continues to be overlooked in the media and, to some extent, even in the breast cancer community (read her contribution to the Cancer Action Victoria Newsletter 5, Spring 2012 here).
Role of VLSCI bioinformaticians and supercomputers in EMPathy research
Co-convenor of the 14th International Biennial MRS Conference
are pleased to announce that EMPathy BCN chief investigator Rik Thompson was a
co-convenor of the 14th International Biennial Metastasis Research Society
(MRS) Conference, from 2-5th September, 2012, held in
New Consumer Representatives
Niki Aravanis and Jennifer Johnston have agreed to join as BCNA Consumer Representatives from February 2012. We are very pleased to have them on board “ Niki and Jen, who have completed the Breast Cancer Network Australia Advocacy & Science Training (www.bcna.org.au) to represent the point of view of Australians affected by breast cancer, will also contribute their valuable experience, skills and dedication to the program.
Founding of Australasian Metastasis Research Society
to EMPathy BCN chief investigator Rik Thompson for founding of the Australasian
Metastasis Research Society interest group,OzMRS. Rik was the Co-Convenor of
the Inaugural OzMRS Metastasis Symposium on 27th September, 2011, held in
Sally Hodgkinson, our friend and consumer advocate, has passed away after a long battle with breast cancer. Sally's contributions to the program were invaluable as she tirelessly focused on the work ahead with characteristic down-to-earth demeanour. Her experience and personal perspective embodied the reality behind breast cancer statistics and were a continual, stark reminder to us that research breakthroughs cannot come soon enough. Sally was inspirational and will be much missed, but her commitment and passion will continue to spur us on in the fight against breast cancer.