Susan G. Komen, Cancer Australia to Co-fund Metastatic BC Research

Susan G. Komen, Cancer Australia to Co-fund Metastatic BC Research
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A new partnership between Susan G. Komen and Cancer Australia will grant a researcher $450,000 over three years to study metastatic breast cancer.

Through a Career Catalyst Research Grant provided by the International Collaborative Research Partnership, Delphine Merino of La Trobe University in Australia will focus on providing more research into how tumors grow and spread. Her research is focused on the genetic properties of the most aggressive cell types in breast cancer tumors, and targeting the “seeds” of metastasis.

”Breast cancer is a global problem that we cannot tackle alone, and research partnerships are key to advancing the scientific breakthroughs that will save lives,” Victoria Wolodzko, Komen’s senior vice president of mission, said in a press release. “We are excited to join Cancer Australia in partnering to fund research focused on treating the breast cancer that kills — metastatic breast cancer.”

The collaboration calls for the use of state-of-the-art technology to find the genes that facilitate the spread of breast cancer cells to other organs. In the process, thousands of individual cells, taken as patient samples, will be labeled. Merino will study the cells’ biology before, during, and after treatment, allowing comparison of the cells’ genetic properties to their tendency to metastasize. The data also is expected to help optimize biopsies in metastatic disease.

The overarching aim is to identify the “Achilles heel” of metastatic breast cancer.

”Cancer Australia is proud to be partnering with Susan G. Komen to co-fund Dr. Merino’s work — addressing critical research questions in disease progression of metastatic breast cancer,” said Helen Zorbas, chief executive officer, Cancer Australia. “This research partnership will provide the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the future of breast cancer clinical practice and patient outcomes.”

There were roughly 2 million new cases of breast cancer worldwide last year, and 600,000 breast cancer deaths, mostly from metastatic breast cancer — cancer that has spread beyond the breast. Most current therapies focus on extending life and improving quality of life.

The world’s leading breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen has invested more than $2.9 billion in research, community health outreach, advocacy, and programs in more than 60 countries.

Established in 2006 by the Australian government, Cancer Australia aims to reduce the disease’s impact, address disparities, and improve outcomes for patients by leading and coordinating evidence-based interventions across the continuum of care. It also makes recommendations to the Australian government about cancer policy and priorities.

Mary M. Chapman began her professional career at United Press International, running both print and broadcast desks. She then became a Michigan correspondent for what is now Bloomberg BNA, where she mainly covered the automotive industry plus legal, tax and regulatory issues. A member of the Automotive Press Association and one of a relatively small number of women on the car beat, Chapman has discussed the automotive industry multiple times of National Public Radio, and in 2014 was selected as an honorary judge at the prestigious Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance. She has written for numerous national outlets including Time, People, Al-Jazeera America, Fortune, Daily Beast, MSN.com, Newsweek, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. The winner of the Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting, Chapman has had dozens of articles in The New York Times, including two on the coveted front page. She has completed a manuscript about centenarian car enthusiast Margaret Dunning, titled “Belle of the Concours.”
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Mary M. Chapman began her professional career at United Press International, running both print and broadcast desks. She then became a Michigan correspondent for what is now Bloomberg BNA, where she mainly covered the automotive industry plus legal, tax and regulatory issues. A member of the Automotive Press Association and one of a relatively small number of women on the car beat, Chapman has discussed the automotive industry multiple times of National Public Radio, and in 2014 was selected as an honorary judge at the prestigious Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance. She has written for numerous national outlets including Time, People, Al-Jazeera America, Fortune, Daily Beast, MSN.com, Newsweek, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. The winner of the Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting, Chapman has had dozens of articles in The New York Times, including two on the coveted front page. She has completed a manuscript about centenarian car enthusiast Margaret Dunning, titled “Belle of the Concours.”
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