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The Advertiser - Riding like Crazy for brain cancer research

Thursday, 12 January 2017 12:29

When she’s not riding like crazy, Dr Rebecca Ormsby collects brain tumours to help researchers unlock the mysteries of brain cancer.


The coordinator of the SA Neurological Tumour Bank at Flinders Medical Centre will take part in the 2017 Lightsview Ride Like Crazy this Sunday, 15 January.


This annual ride is organised by SAPOL, with funds going to Flinders Foundation and the Neurosurgical Research Foundation to support advancements in brain cancer research, treatment and care.


You can read more about Dr Ormsby and the Tumour Bank in The Advertiser below.


There’s still time to register for the ride – for more information visit http://www.teamflinders.com.au/ridelikecrazy/default.aspx



5AA Radio - The South Australian Brain Bank and Neurological Tumor Bank 2016 Christmas Appeal

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 21:29

Mother-of-three Liz Calvo, who also has Multiple Sclerosis, and Neurologist Associate Professor Mark Slee, recently spoke with 5AA's Matthew Pantelis about Flinders Foundation's 2016 Christmas Appeal.


The appeal aims to raise $50,000 for The South Australian Brain Bank and Neurological Tumor Bank at Flinders.


This incredible resource of more than 320 donated human brains and spinal cords is used by researchers to help find better treatments, cures and diagnosis for people battling life threatening neurological and mental health conditions - including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Motor Neurone Disease - as well as brain cancer.


To donate to the Christmas appeal click here.


Listen to the 5AA interview from Tuesday 20 December here.


Investigator, Summer 2106

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 21:06

Find out how valuable support and donations are enabling Flinders Foundation to champion health initiatives that will change people's lives for the better, today and tomorrow.


The Investigator


Planting the seed for great discoveries

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:59

A group of researchers from Flinders University will share in more than $350,000 of seeding grants from Flinders Foundation to kick start medical breakthroughs in their fields.


The Foundation’s annual 2016 grants program will benefit 19 research projects with varying focuses including motor neurone disease, cardiac, cancer, mental health, nutrition, palliative care and pain management.


Cancer researcher and Chair of the Flinders Foundation Research Committee, Dr Michael Michael, said the funding round provided researchers with a solid start for what would hopefully prove to be great discoveries.


“Fundamentally the thing you need most is a good idea that you can develop,” Dr Michael said.


“The stuff that becomes earthshattering can often seem quite innocuous early on, and then the next thing you know…


“This funding will allow researchers to kick off their ideas by developing concepts and collecting some preliminary data and validation.”


A recipient of a seeding grant himself, Dr Michael will use the opportunity to understand how cancer cells expend energy, with the view to block this with combinations of drugs – including a compound commonly used in the treatment of diabetes.


Flinders Foundation Chief Executive Officer Amanda Shiell said seeding grants provided researchers with the opportunity to make an incredible difference in the long term.


“Flinders Foundation is investing in the research of today and offers seed funding to help researchers make the breakthroughs of tomorrow,” she said.


“Without this important seed funding some of these research projects would not take off and there would be many unknowns or ‘what could have beens’.”


Flinders Foundation recently received confirmation that the seed funding offered to researchers is having an impact all around the word, with some research projects being cited hundreds of times in North America, Europe and Asia and others cited in South America and Africa.


“The generous support of donors is making a global impact and Flinders Foundation will continue to make seed funding for research a priority,” Amanda said.


Cancer researcher and Chair of the Flinders Foundation Research Committee, Dr Michael Michael.


Flinders Foundation backs medical research revolution

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:57

Flinders Foundation recently donated $160,000 towards a game-changing piece of medical research equipment in the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer. The stateof-the-art robot represents the changing face of medical research – and may one day lead to personalised treatments for cancer and other chronic disease.


Deep in the heart of Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC), in a pristine white laboratory, a quiet revolution is occurring.


From the outside, the machine looks much like the candy ‘claw’ from the Toy Story movie, but it is inside where the magic occurs.


As the robotic arm moves forward and back, smoothly and rhythmically, thousands of experiments are being conducted at a time – effectively changing the face of traditional laboratory research.


The ultimate aim? To find personalised ‘tailor made’ treatments for cancer and other chronic disease states.


According to Cell Screen SA (CeSSA) Laboratory Manager, Dr Amanda Aloia, the aim is not far-fetched and FCIC scientists are working towards it day-by-day.


“In a typical laboratory, scientists develop models of a human disease state to enable them to investigate how the disease might be treated and what causes the disease,” Dr Aloia said.


“For example, a cell may change shape as it becomes cancerous, or a neuron may make more of a particular protein when in a situation experienced as pain,” said Dr Aloia.


In a traditional laboratory setting, these questions can generally only be answered on a small scale as everything needs to be done by hand.


However, the new CeSSA facility enables researchers to do their experiments in very high numbers – up to 10,000s of different treatments concurrently, as robotics are used to set up and analyse the experiments.


This means experiments that used to take months, can now be done in weeks, or less – giving researchers

the potential to find solutions faster, and target solutions more effectively.


“One of the ultimate aims for CeSSA is to be involved in personalised medicine approaches, in which treatments are tested on individual patient samples in order to find the most effective treatment,” Dr Aloia said.


She said CeSSA is already involved in developing the techniques to do this for treatment and prevention of cancer.


“It’s a very exciting time to be involved in medical research,” Dr Aloia said.


“We are thrilled that Flinders Foundation shares our vision and is helping us work towards it.”


Your help is needed to further research in the CeSSA. Contact Flinders Foundation on (08) 8204 5216 for further information or to donate.

Cell Screen SA Laboratory Manager Dr Amanda Aloia


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