The Jack Brockhoff Foundation supports early-career research

The Jack Brockhoff Foundation supports early-career research

Illuminate newsletter, December 2016
December 2016

Dr Samantha Emery and Dr Ryan Cross
L-R: Dr Samantha Emery and Dr Ryan Cross are recipients
of The Jack Brockhoff Foundation grants.

Dr Ryan Cross and Dr Samantha Emery have each won a two-year grant from The Jack Brockhoff Foundation to support their respective studies in brain cancer and the parasite, Giardia duodenalis.

Director of The Jack Brockhoff Foundation Professor David Hill AO said the inaugural award strengthened research capability in Victoria by helping to establish the careers of talented early-career researchers at a critical time.

“This award supports scientists in demonstrating their originality and capacity to complete a study for publication in scientific literature,” Professor Hill said.

“The approach I’m taking is called immunotherapy, which is a new kind of cancer treatment deemed ‘breakthrough of the year’."

Dr Cross said the support would enable him to explore the capacity to develop a protective immunity for children with brain cancer.

“The approach I’m taking is called immunotherapy, which is a new kind of cancer treatment deemed ‘breakthrough of the year’ in 2013,” Dr Cross said.

The Jack Brockhoff Foundation award will support Dr Emery in her use of new proteomic technologies to analyse protein responses to different drugs with the aim of developing a less toxic and more effective treatment for the parasite Giardia duodenalis which can cause extreme cases of diarrhoea, chronic malnutrition and post-infectious gut problems.

Dr Emery said new treatments were urgently needed for the disease which is disproportionately affecting young children and their development, including mental and physical stunting.

“There are up to 2000 cases occurring in Victoria every year and over 200 million worldwide,” Dr Emery said.

“We look forward to publishing the outcomes of our projects in 2018.”

The researchers said they were absolutely thrilled to receive the award.

“We look forward to publishing the outcomes of our projects in 2018,” Dr Emery said.

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