Dr Ruth Mitchell receives prestigious Brain Foundation support

Dr Ruth Mitchell receives prestigious Brain Foundation support

Illuminate newsletter, December 2016
December 2016

Dr Ruth Mitchell and Mr Gerald Edmunds
L-R: Dr Ruth Mitchell and Mr Gerald Edmunds,
secertary general of the Brain Foundation 

Trainee neurosurgeon and postgraduate student Dr Ruth Mitchell has been awarded a competitive grant from Australia’s Brain Foundation, the country’s largest independent funder of brain research.

Dr Mitchell’s research focuses on glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common and dangerous form of brain cancer.

Dr Mitchell sees first-hand the devastating impact this cancer has on the lives of her patients and their families.

Support enhances research efforts

The grant will enable Dr Mitchell to focus on a protein called epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR).

EGFR lives on the surface of normal cells, but in brain cancer cells it can be overactive and mutated, which causes the cancer to grow.

Dr Mitchell said this research could lead to new combination therapies for patients, which would give them an improved survival rate.

“I’ve watched my colleagues working with other cancers find new drugs and approaches, changing the future for their patients, and I want to see that for my patients. This grant takes us a step closer,” Dr Mitchell said.

“I am delighted that we are supporting Dr Ruth Mitchell’s important research into brain cancer.”

Secretary general of the Brain Foundation Mr Gerald Edmunds said research was the pathway to recovery and prevention.

“I am delighted that we are supporting Dr Ruth Mitchell’s important research into brain cancer,” Mr Edmunds said.

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