- Award recognises advancements in pancreatic cancer research
- Bringing new hepatitis C treatments to people in western Sydney – translational cancer research study
- Earlier diagnosis for people with mesothelioma – translational cancer research study
- EnRICH - translational cancer research study
- Nutrition for people with head and neck cancer – translational cancer research study
- The importance of biobanks for ovarian cancer – translational cancer research study
Translational Cancer Research Centres' Achievements
The Translational Cancer Research Centres (TCRC) program was established in 2011. Its goal was to facilitate collaborations between clinicians and researchers, and support rapid translation of research findings from bench to bedside.
Since 1 July 2021, the Cancer Institute NSW has modified our translational cancer research funding model to build on the success of the original program.
Seven TCRCs were established
New collaborations were formed between researchers and clinicians that would not have existed otherwise.
1,199 members from 95 institutions who were actively involved in flagship projects.
95 participating institutions
The TCRCs bridged administrative and institutional boundaries by bringing together universities, research institutes, hospitals and local health districts.
The impact of the TCRCs
New and strengthened collaborations between researchers and clinicians helped bridge the gap between research and care and have provided capacity for system-wide practice change.
The HOTTer West Program
This program resulted in:
- The Hepatocellular Carcinoma surveillance program commencing in Sydney West.
- Strong relationships established with local General Practices.
- Patient and health practitioner resources developed to raise awareness of viral hepatitis detection and management to prevent liver cancer.
Hereditary cancer program
- increased the efficiency and cost‐effectiveness of BRCA gene mutation testing in the area
- improved dissemination of information about genetic risk among affected families
- implemented new diagnostic tools to identify Lynch syndrome cases (Hereditary Bowel Cancer).
Communities of Practice
The TCRCs supported the development of communities of practice which met to promote expertise being transferred across organisations and allowed members to work on common priorities.
The Biobanking Stakeholder Network reduced the fragmentation of biobanks across NSW. Progress was made in:
- standardising consent processes for unspecified use of specimens and data
- maximising research using biobanks
- linking data
- supporting the work of NSW Pathology and the Ministry of Health.
The Implementation Group Community of Practice supported the translation of research findings into policy and practice. Priority projects addressed:
- developing an implementation science education program
- smoking cessation support for cancer patients.
Communities of practice provided a structure for coordination and collaboration between diverse, multidisciplinary research teams.