How does the macrophage (a type of immune cell) aid the spread of cancer cells and can it be stopped?

Researchers at the University of Westerna Australia are looking for 2 research buddies to provide input into this research about the spread of cancer to other parts of the body.

About the project

Our laboratory works with a particular type of immune cell, the macrophage. Macrophages are found in every tissue in the body and therefore contribute to all sorts of diseases in those tissues. One particular disease where they can have severe negative impacts is cancer. Cancers become much more difficult to treat once they have spread to other parts of the body. Macrophages in cancers encourage them to spread. To attract macrophages, cancers produce a protein called CSF-1, which makes macrophages move. We are working on developing drugs to stop macrophages getting into tumours.

About the position

We are looking for two research buddies who:

  • Are good communicators
  • Can provide input into the grant application plain language summaries
  • May or may not have been touched by cancer in some way
  • Are able to help us get information about the work of our lab out to the wider community            

What is the time commitment for consumers?

A couple of hours over the next six weeks and ongoing involvement is most welcome if the grant is successful from 2017.

Where will meetings be held?

My office and laboratory at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital to begin with but there are plenty of easily accessible coffee shops to go to after a short while.

What support is offered? 

Cost of commuting, parking and refreshments. Training is offered by the Consumer and Community Involvement Program.

Applications due:  As soon as possible but no later than 10th March 2016