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Trek the Red Centre with Team Flinders

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 13:12

Experience an incredible adventure by trekking the Red Centre with Team Flinders.

Challenge yourself on one of Australia’s premier walking tracks – The Larapinta Trail - stretching 223 kilometers along the backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges from the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station to the peak of Mount Sonder.

By fundraising and participating in this incredible adventure you’ll play a vital role in improving the lives of cancer patients and ensuring survivors have access to the best quality of life possible.

Trek departs July 2017. For more information visit:inspiredadventures.com.au/…/flindersfoundation-red-centre-…/



Shop at Foodland this October and support cancer research

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 12:53


During October, Foodland stores will donate 20c from the purchase of a range of specially marked products to Flinders Foundation to fund cancer research, care and programs at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer.

Keep an eye out for these specially marked stickers at your local Foodland, and throw a couple in your trolley!


Thanks to The Mighty South Aussies for their continued support of Flinders Foundation.


Last chance pinkyellowblueball

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 10:56

Last chance to grab your pinkyellowblueball tickets

Tickets are still available for Flinders Foundation’s pinkyellowblueball, which has become one of the most prestigious gala balls and a highlight of Adelaide’s charitable fundraising calendar. It’s an event where the community can have a night of celebration and make a difference.

Now in its 27th year, proceeds from the pinkyellowblueball fund breakthrough cancer research programs and advance healthcare for cancer patients in the South Australian community.

Entertainment includes an intimate show by the soulful Kate Ceberano, plus Tim Campbell and band.

Date: Saturday 29 October 2016

Time: 6.30pm – 1am

Location: Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide

Dress: Black Tie

Cost: $195 per ticket or $1,900 for table of 10

Purchase your tickets here or contact Flinders Foundation on (08) 8204 5216.


Mr Riggs - The pink cap that gives back

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 10:36


Do you like your shiraz deep, red and dark…and with a touch of pink to support breast cancer research?

For every dozen Gaffer McLaren Vale Shiraz wines sold during October, Mr Riggs Wine Company will donate the proceeds of one bottle to Flinders Foundation to help researchers find a cure for cancer.

Mr Riggs is a long time supporter of Flinders Foundation, donating more than $120,000 for cancer research in the past seven years. Mr Riggs also donates many of the fine wines on offer at the pinkyellowblueball each year.


To purchase the Gaffer Shiraz and help support the cause, visit Mr Riggs at  http://www.mrriggs.com.au/




Getting to the root cause of pain

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 12:15

The cause of chronic pain has long intrigued scientific researchers. Is it caused by aging, nerve damage, congenital conditions, disease – or a combination of all of these factors? Professor Rainer Haberberger and his team at Flinders are taking a multi-faceted approach to pain research – with some interesting developments. He spoke about their current research projects at FMC Foundation’s recent Donor Day, held in the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer.

Professor Rainer Haberberger and his team are investigating the root cause of pain, in ground-breaking research funded by Flinders Foundation.

The team is looking at how growth factors in the cells play a role in the development of pain – and whether ‘blocking’ the signal produced by them can in turn ‘block’ pain.

“We know that growth factors such as the nerve growth factor play an important role in the general maintenance of cells, but they can also cause pain when released from inflamed or damaged tissue,” Professor Haberberger, the Head of Anatomy and Histology at Flinders University explained.

“So in effect growth factors can be both the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ guys of cells.”

Because of their dual role in cells, Professor Haberberger said it was not as simple as ‘capturing’ the factors before they are released – and thus blocking the pain signal.

Instead, his team is looking at what happens if they travel down to the receptor level of nerve growth factors.

“We want to know if it’s possible to block the growth factor action at the receptor level, so that the nerve growth factors can do still go about their positive work within the cells – but block pain when they go awry.”

In a separate project, the research team is looking at how pain fibres interact with cancer cells.

“We know that aggressive tumours have more nerve fibres than other tumours, and that is what causes chronic pain in some cancer patients,” Professor Haberberger said. “Now we want to investigate whether stopping the signal from these nerve fibres can actually stop the growth of the cancer itself.”

“On the flip side, are there factors released from these nerve fibres that may be responsible for the growth of cancer?”

As a first step, the team is studying the role of exosomes -  tiny ‘bubbles’ released from cells - to see if they are part of the communication between pain neurons and cancer cells.

Professor Haberberger said funding provided by Flinders Foundation was critical to his team’s ongoing research.

“There is no way we would be able to investigate new areas of research without the valuable funding we receive from Flinders Foundation. It is absolutely key and essential to test new ideas and novel treatments for pain.”



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