Can we switch off genes to better fight breast cancer? Ref UW0001

Researchers at the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Western Australia are looking for 2 research buddies to provide input into research about the role genes play in the development of breast cancer.

Applications close 30th September 

About the project

Breast cancer is the 2nd most common cause of cancer death in women and the 4th most common cause of death from cancer in Australia overall. Resistance to treatments eventually occurs in a large number of patients. This has created an urgent need to identify new drugs and ways of treating cancer.

Researchers have found a particular DNA structure that they can affect to be able to switch on and off cancer related genes. However they do not yet understand what controls the creation of this DNA structure in the cell environment.

The researchers hope from this project to develop a treatment as a tool to undo the DNA structure in breast cancer related genes from forming and switch off the gene which will stop the growth and destroy the breast cancer cells that have already developed.

About the position

We are looking for research buddies who have been touched by breast cancer in some way.

Research buddies will be asked meet with researchers to:

  • Provide feedback on the relevance, understanding and value of the research
  • Discuss strategies how to bridge the gap between researchers and consumers
  • Provide advice on explaining the research using plain language summaries that is understandable to the general public.

What is the time commitment for consumers?

Meet 3 times a year with researchers for a 1 year period. There may also be email contact between meetings. Continued involvement is welcome if the project receives further grant funding.

Where will meetings be held?

Meeting venues will alternate between three institutions: University of Western Australia, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Telethon Kids Institute.

What support is offered? 

$30 per meeting for our of pocket expenses. Training and mentoring are also offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close 30th September