MCRC Director's Lecture: Mission Possible; to find and treat lethal prostate cancer
|Dates:||12 September 2018|
|Times:||16:00 - 17:30|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health|
|Who is it for:||University staff|
|Speaker:||Professor Gail Risbridger|
Join Professor Rob Bristow at the MCRC building for the first seminar in his Director's Lecture series.
Speaker: Professor Gail Risbridger, Monash University, Melbourne
Title: "Mission Possible; to find and treat lethal prostate cancer"
The lecture will be followed by drinks and nibbles.
Professor Risbridger is an International leader in prostate cancer and Men’s Health at Monash University, Melbourne. Through understanding stromal-epithelial cell signalling in the prostate, her pioneering work on human tumours identified therapy resistant stem cells and how they interact with tumour stroma. Her expertise in stem cell biology and endocrinology continues to underpin a world class program of patient derived xenografts (PDX) that are a key feature of her capacity to translate research outcomes. In the last 5 years her research discoveries using pre-clinical cancer models (PDX, organoids and explants) have included identifying therapy resistant, stem-like cells in treatment naïve tumours (Science Translational Medicine 2013) supporting the rationale for up front therapies (eg chemotherapy) in combination with hormone therapy and how genomic instability in distinct but clonally related cells leads to therapy resistance in BRCA2 mutation carriers making these patients unsuitable for active surveillance even with low grade, low volume tumours (Nature Biotechnology 2017, Nature Communications 2016, European J Urology 2014).
Her distinguished professional achievement is evident by prestigious awards for research & contributions to Endocrinology including: Fulbright Senior Scholar (2003), British Endocrine Society (2006); Lifetime Achievement Award of Endocrine Society Australia (2008); Senior Plenary Award ESA (2012), Fellow Society of Reproductive Biology (2015) and also holds positions and advisory roles in Andrology Australia and the Freemason’s Foundation Centre for Men’s Health. Her academic and industry collaborations have built infrastructure and trained a workforce required to underpin the national research effort in Australian Prostate Cancer Research, including a National tissue bank with Victorian State Government informatics support.
Professor Gail Risbridger
Organisation: Monash University, Melbourne
Travel and Contact Information
Oglesby Lecture Theatre
Manchester Cancer Research Centre
555 Wilmslow Road