Our Researchers

Our researchers are at the cutting-edge of understanding why and how breast cancer spreads throughout the body, and are all working towards the same goal – stopping it in its tracks. Here our scientists discuss the importance of community support, their research, the challenges in breast cancer research and their own personal journey and inspiration.

Dr Normand Pouliot’s contribution to breast cancer research

If doctors could predict which women being treated for breast cancer will have their disease re-emerge later in life, anxiety levels would go down, quality of life would go up and their lives would be much longer. This is the focus of research being ...
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Dr Paul Beavis is working towards better treatments

A self-confessed sports fanatic, Dr Paul Beavis from the Peter MacCallum Institute in Melbourne, plays soccer, cricket, tennis, golf, squash and he also goes running regularly. He says getting out and active is a good way to let off steam after a fru ...
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Dr Sarah-Jane Dawson is making a life-changing difference

NBCF funds Dr Sarah-Jane Dawson, a senior researcher at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, where she also sees breast cancer patients regularly in her role as a medical oncologist. Why are you passionate about research? I believe research is the most ...
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What motivates breast cancer researcher Dr Brigid Lynch?

Breast cancer researchers have many motivations for choosing this particular field to work in, and for Dr Brigid Lynch, it’s very personal. She’s passionate about making a difference in breast cancer because her grandmother, who she was very clos ...
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Dr Clare Slaney puts a spotlight on breast cancer research

Dr Clare Slaney Slaney is a breast cancer researcher at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, and in 2012 was awarded a 4 year NBCF Post-Doctoral Fellowship. After doing a PHD in immunology, Dr Slaney’s research now focuses on cancer immu ...
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Professor Kirill Alexandrov

Meet one of our researchers, Professor Kirill Alexandrov, who has a very interesting and innovative project to test for returning cancer.
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Dr Adrian Wiegmans puts a spotlight on breast cancer research

Dr Adrian Wiegmans is a NBCF-funded researcher working at QIMR Berghofer in Queensland. Dr Wiegmans and his team are looking at designing new small molecule drugs to help treat metastatic breast cancer by targeting a particular gene that is over expr ...
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Professor Erik Thompson puts a spotlight on research and metastatic breast cancer

Professor Erik Thompson from the Queensland University of Technology aims to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms underpinning the spread of breast cancer through a process called epithelial mesenchymal plasticity. In this video, he talks ...
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NBCF researcher Tu Nguyen Dumont focuses on breast cancer prevention

When people meet breast cancer researcher Tu Nguyen-Dumont they always ask how close we are to a cure. That’s not the question Tu is seeking to answer – she is tackling the question from the other end – trying to prevent women from developi ...
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