Britt explores the unknown
HAVING lost her grandmother to a type of cancer with an unknown source, Claremont resident Britt Clynick is passionate about cancer research.
The UWA student won a $36,000 grant from Cancer Council WA (CCWA) for her project ‘investigation of carcinomas of unknown primary’.
A third-year PhD cancer pathology student, Ms Clynick will use the money over the next three years to investigate cancers where the disease has spread from an unknown source.
The research project will investigate whether cancer tissues removed from patients with an unknown primary show specific changes in their DNA and other molecules that suggest they may respond to various new treatments used for other cancer patients.
Ms Clynick said the grant was a “godsend”.
“It not only allows me to study and live away from home (in Busselton), but it also allows me to fully concentrate on my research,” she said.
With a loss so close to home, Ms Clynick said she was passionate about pursuing a career in cancer research.
“I am intrigued by cancer and I really want to contribute in some way to knowledge about these types of cancers,” she said.
“Ultimately I would love to be part of efforts to improve the quality of life and survival prospects for these patients.”
CCWA chief executive Susan Rooney said the grant was part of a record $4 million in research funding announced by Cancer Council earlier this month.
“This announcement reflects our ongoing commitment to make funding cancer research a priority and to particularly support the work of young, talented researchers such as Britt,” Ms Rooney said.
CCWA recently launched its first lifestyle lottery, with proceeds from the tickets set to fund research grants.
“The funds raised will also allow us to continue to grow our investment in world-class cancer research...” Ms Rooney said.
Britt Clynick recently won a $36,000 grant from Cancer Council WA to fund her research.