Britt ex­plores the un­known

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

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.

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