Community helps support brain cancer research

Tasmanian brain cancer research has received a welcome funding boost thanks to the Clarence Lions Club.

The club were keen to learn more about brain cancer research with Dr Kate Brettingham-Moore from the University of Tasmania’s Tasmanian School of Medicine attending a recent club meeting to talk about her research program. Dr Brettingham-Moore outlined the next stage of her work which involves generating detailed genetic profiles of brain tumour cells.

To help support the important research the Clarence Lions Club donated $7854 towards the program.

“This is one of the most significant contributions our club has made to our community in recent times,” Clarence Lions Club treasurer Peter Goldstone-James said.

“Lions are committed to helping those most in need in our community and this has the potential to help many people, not just across Tasmania but across Australia.”

Dr Brettingham-Moore thanked the club for their generous support with the contribution making a huge difference in furthering brain cancer research.

“Our team is investigating genetic changes caused by radiotherapy in brain cancer cells,” Dr Brettingham-Moore said.

“Despite being used over 100 years to treat cancer, we still don’t understand precisely how radiotherapy works or why some tumours become resistant.”

Professor Jo Dickinson from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research said researchers were so fortunate to receive such strong local support in Tasmania.

“It is essential not only in furthering our research, but in supporting our talented young Tasmanians to pursue a career in research,” Professor Dickinson said.

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