Having raised $800 000 since 2014, we have funded 5 cancer researchers. These cancer researchers go to work every day thanks to your assistance through Fight on the Beaches.
Dr Esther Lim - Funded 2017
Dr Lim is based at Macquarie University Hospital and is researching immunotherapy for melanoma. She is determined to make a difference, specifically in finding ways to boost the human immune system to improve the effectiveness of current melanoma therapies.
What does the research entail? Esther is investigating inhibitors for a certain protein pathway in the body known as MAPK, which plays a key role in the development of melanoma. Work in the field has already improved survival rates of the 30% to 40% of Australian patients who have a form of the disease known as “BRAF-mutant” melanoma. Read more about Dr Esther Lim's research here
Dr Heidi Hilton - Funded 2016 & 2017
This exceptional woman is Dr Heidi Hilton, and she is one of two cancer researchers funded by Fight on the Beaches in 2016, and she is receiving an additional 12 months funding through Fight on the Beaches in 2017 to further her work.
Dr Hilton has a unique understanding of cancer research and its importance having been successfully treated for breast cancer herself.
Dr Hilton hopes her breast cancer research will help us understand how abnormal hormone action may increase the risk of getting breast cancer, and how to prevent it.
Read more about Dr Heidi Hilton's research here.
Dr Alexander Sobinoff - Funded 2016
Dr Alexander Sobinoff's field of research is cell biology, and he will be going to work every day for the next 12 months thanks to the funds provided by Fight on the Beaches.
His area of specialty is the the study of telomeres, tiny structures at the end of your DNA that protect it from being damaged. Over time these become so short they can no longer protect the DNA, causing the cell to die.Cancer cells, however, are unique in that they’re able to re-extend their telomeres, effectively becoming immortal. Dr Sobinoff aims to discover how they do this, in a quest for new drugs that inhibit the process.
As part of his grant, he will develop a rapid and reliable test to measure the length of telomeres, and then measure the effectiveness of drugs that inhibit telomere extension in the clinic. Read more about Dr Sobinoff's research here.
Dr Christine Napier - Funded 2015
Dr Christine Napier received research funding through a grant administered by Cure Cancer Australia with funding provided by Fight on the Beaches from our inaugural charity ball in 2014.
A key interest in her career has been the study of telomeres, tiny structures at the end of your DNA that protect it from being damaged. The underlying philosophy is that if scientists can understand what’s happening in a cell, they may be able to target those mechanisms to design anti-cancer drugs.
Read more about Dr Napier and her research here
Thank you to Dr Heidi Hilton, Dr Alexander Sobinoff and Dr Christine Napier for dedicating your lives to finding a cancer cure.