Flinders Medical Centre Foundation
Flinders Medical Centre Foundation



Wednesday, 09 March 2016 10:46


Tour de Cure continues its incredible support, with news it aims to pledge $280,000 towards Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC) research projects in 2016.

The pledge will bring the total donated by Tour de Cure to the FMC Foundation to almost $1 million since 2011!


“We are so grateful to Tour de Cure for their passionate support of cancer research and care at Flinders,” said Amanda Shiell, CEO of the FMC Foundation.


“Since 2011 they have supported world class research into behavioural science linked to cancer development; the development of cancer fighting foods for bowel cancer; metabolic changes in colorectal cancers and research equipment.


“They also showed their big hearts when the Foundation was finalising the funds needed to build the FCIC by supporting the development of the new state-of-the-art chemotherapy suite.”


Tour de Cure is a national organisation that uses bike riding to raise awareness and funds to cure cancer for all. The organisation’s flagship event is the ‘Signature Tour’ – which will run from Brisbane to Sydney on 29 April to 8 May.


In 2016, Tour de Cure has pledged to raise funds for two important research projects– developing a blood test to predict chemo-radiotherapy responses to oesophageal cancer and investigating curcumin – an active ingredient of the turmeric plant - as a therapy for mesothelioma.


You can read more about these exciting research projects in this issue of e-news and our next Investigator newsletter


To learn more about Tour de Cure go to www.tourdecure.com.au


Investigator Spring 2015 edition live!

Monday, 21 September 2015 00:00


Our latest edition of Investigator is out. Click the image below to read all about how your support is helping help us to prevent, cure and care at Flinders.


From Nobel Peace Prize winning lab to Flinders

Monday, 14 September 2015 14:44

A biomedical scientist from a Nobel Peace Prize winning lab in the United Kingdom is preparing to continue with her breakthrough research project at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC).


Dr Janni Petersen made her first scientific breakthrough under prestigious company working alongside Nobel Laureate Sir Paul Nurse at the Rockefeller University in New York, studying the role of protein kinases in regulating cell cycle progression in fission yeast.


A Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) Foundation seed grant of $17,000 will allow Dr Petersen to continue her exploration into uncontrolled growth and proliferation of cancer cells, with the aim to better understand how the cell cycle is controlled and what goes wrong during tumour development.


“The space at FCIC attracted me because of its open plan policy where all teams share equipment, offices and laboratory space. I think that’s really productive for science, because it promotes interaction, which is really good for students,” Dr Petersen said.


According to Dr Petersen’s research, cancer cells inappropriately colonise parts of the body and are invariably more stressed than normal cells due to lacking normal nutrient supply. Therefore, not surprisingly, changes in stress response signalling are linked to cancer and are often altered in human tumours.


“My research began in Paul Nurse’s laboratory over a decade ago, where we discovered that Target of Rapamycin (TOR) signalling pathway controls mitosis (cell cycle process) and that the decision made by cells to divide is also made by the TOR pathway.”


“Currently, I’m moving further on in the pathway, to try and understand how nitrogen is regulating the decision of the TOR pathway to control mitosis and cell division. Basically we’re going further away from the actual enzyme that is the key switch of cell division by trying to understand how it itself is regulated, but it’s all connected with what I originally worked on with Paul Nurse.”


“We want to investigate what makes cancer cells different from other normal cells. We can then specifically target cancer cells, rather than all cells in the body, because a lot of the problems with cancer drugs is that they have a huge effect on all cells in the body and in the end cancer cells are our own cells, just slightly different.”


Dr Petersen has been appointed to Flinders University as an Associate Professor along with a Faculty appointment at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) as part of the Nutrition and Metabolism theme.


You make me want to shout! Campbell to bring 80’s hits to gala ball

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:20

Much-loved television personality and entertainer Tim Campbell is set to headline the Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) Foundation’s 2015pinkyellowblueball on Saturday 24 October, proudly supported by principal partner Flinders University.

The charismatic Campbell, former television star of Home & Away, House Husbands and Dancing with the Stars, will perform 80’s hits from his debut album High School Disco for more than 600 guests.

After 26 years, the pinkyellowblueball remains South Australia’s most prestigious cancer research fundraiser, with all money raised on the night supporting vital cancer research at Flinders Medical Centre.

Thanks to the pinkyellowblueball, the FMC Foundation has been able to fund cancer research projects at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer which combines patient care, services and research, which have proven to be essential for breakthroughs into how to best prevent, cure and care.

Guests will also be treated to the finest South Australian wine and cuisine.


Always a night to remember, last year’s pinkyellowblueball raised $210,000 for cancer research.


A sporty Toyota Yaris kindly donated by ongoing supporters Toyota Motors, will be one of the many great prizes on the night, as well as Main and Silent Auction items.

For bookings or more information call the FMC Foundation on (08) 8204 5216 or purchase your tickets online at www.teamflinders.com.au/2014pinkyellowblueball


Running for Research

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 11:06

Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) researcher Damian Hussey will run the Adelaide Marathon next month to raise funds for the FMC Foundation.

On 23 August Damian will run the 42.2km course for the second time, starting and finishing at Adelaide Oval and covering much of the city and North Adelaide.


Together with his colleagues at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, Damian is currently working on methods for early detection of oesophageal adenocarcinoma, so as to allow early intervention and improve prognosis.

He hopes his love of running will help raise funds to continue cancer research.


“Cancer touches all of us and it has touched my family more than once,” Damian says.


“I hope that the work we do here at Flinders will make a difference, both in terms of improved early detection of cancer and improved treatment options for patients with cancer.”

”Damian says he is hoping to “substantially improve” the time he posted in last year’s marathon and has asked his colleagues to donate to the FMC Foundation in support.


“I promise I’ll honour your donation in sweat and in hard work - both in the marathon and in my daily endeavours to advance cancer research here at Flinders.


Donations can be made online at the Team Flinders fundraising site or via tins located in the Department of Surgery Office Room 3D211 or at EFM Bedford Park and EFM Noarlunga.


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