Grant goes to med­i­cal 3D print­ing re­search


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

EL­IZ­A­BETH Per­ica (20) is do­ing her bit for can­cer re­search af­ter re­ceiv­ing a Can­cer Coun­cil WA grant.

The Como res­i­dent and Curtin Uni­ver­sity med­i­cal imag­ing stu­dent re­ceived the $3000 James Crofts Hope Foun­da­tion Va­ca­tion Schol­ar­ship as part of Can­cer Coun­cil WA’s 2017 re­search grants.

The money will help her in­ves­ti­gate how 3D print­ing can help sur­geons de­vise an in­di­vid­u­alised plan for com­plex liver can­cer surgery.

“I heard about the grants through my lec­turer Dr Zhonghua Sun, who has worked in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Can­cer Coun­cil, and I thought it was a re­ally good idea,” she said.

“I was re­ally ex­cited to re­ceive the hon­our, I’m re­ally in­ter­ested in the topic and the money will help my re­search topic, which I’m do­ing as part of my hon­ours at uni­ver­sity.

“I’ve had grand­par­ents and fam­ily friends who have been af­fected by can­cer so to do the re­search means that I can give back in my own way.”

Ms Per­ica said she be­lieved Como res­i­dent El­iz­a­beth Per­ica has re­ceived a Can­cer Coun­cil WA re­search grant. 3D print­ing could play a big­ger role in medicine, es­pe­cially in pre-op­er­a­tive plan­ning

“I hope that these 3D printed liver mod­els will as­sist sur­geons to de­velop a safe, ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive sur­gi­cal plan by pro­vid­ing them with a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the in­di­vid­ual’s pathol­ogy,” she said. “These mod­els could also be re­ally use­ful in ed­u­ca­tion and the train­ing of ju­nior sur­geons; I think that the ap­pli­ca­tion of 3D print­ing in medicine will grow rapidly.”

Can­cer Coun­cil WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Su­san Rooney said Ms Per­ica’s schol­ar­ship grant was part of $4 mil­lion in re­search fund­ing.

“This an­nounce­ment re­flects our on­go­ing com­mit­ment to make fund­ing can­cer re­search a pri­or­ity,” she said.

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