Mission: Raising funds to support medical research into sarcoma

“Anyone’s life can change in an instant, imagine hearing that you have or your child has a sarcoma. The treatment is long, challenging and complex, testing even the strongest of us. The research done by those dedicated in the field have changed the outcome from this devastating form of cancer. You can help change the life of someone by your support lending a helping hand so research can progress towards cure.”

Professor Fiona Wood OAM
Australian of the Year 2005

 

It is acknowledged the world over that research and clinical trials are the best way to improve the outcomes of anyone diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, less than 1% of cancer research funding is allocated towards sarcoma, even though sarcoma makes up 15% of paediatric cancer, 10% of cancers in the 15-25 age group and 1% of adult cancer. We know that having a rare cancer has the same immediate impact on a family as does one of the common cancers and that sarcoma can have many additional long-term complications in the long term. Sock it to Sarcoma! is determined to support innovative pure and translational research to try to improve the outcomes for sarcoma patients. Since 2012, we have funded over $500,000 of research. This includes funding scholarships to attract young researchers to consider research in the sarcoma area; supporting projects in the inhibition of the metastatic invasion of sarcoma cells; a clinical trial in personalised medicine for sarcoma patients and psycho-social research.

2018 Research Opportunities

Scholarships

Top-Up Research Scholarships available through University of Western Australia MUSPS Scholarship – Industry Scholarship to be offered through Murdoch University

2 x Cancer Council WA Vacation Scholarships offered biannually to the value of . For more information, click here.

Research Grants

If you are interested in undertaking sarcoma-related research and have a project that you would like to discuss further, please email research@sockittosarcoma.org.au.

Research Scholarships and Research Position funding

Available

The Abbie Basson Sarcoma Research Scholarship (top-up) awarded annually to the value of $20,000 through University of Western Australia. For more information, click here.

2 x Cancer Council WA Vacation Scholarships offered annually to the value of $3,000 per scholarship. For more information, click here.

Historical

The Abbie Basson Sarcoma Research Scholarship 2013-17
Thesis title: “Identification of novel risk variants for sarcoma and other cancers by whole exome sequencing analysis in cancer cluster families.”
Dr Rachel Jones, PhD Awarded 2017

Senior Research Fellow at Perkins Institute – 0.5 Funding 2013-2016
Research conducted during this time included

  • the molecular and cellular biology of sarcoma cells;
  • drug action and drug resistance in sarcoma cells;
  • the molecular pathways altered in sarcoma cells.

Research Grants

Current

Curtin University

  • Exploring patients experiences of receiving a sarcoma diagnosis and barriers/enablers faced
  • Exploring the needs of patients diagnosed with sarcoma and demonstrating the role of the sarcoma cancer nurse coordinator.

Personalised Medicine For Sarcoma Patients
Phase 2 Personalised Medicine For Sarcoma Patients – Phase 2 Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Hollywood Private Hospital & Murdoch University

Genetic link between Fibrous Dysplasia and Intramuscular Myxoma in Genetic link between Fibrous Dysplasia and Intramuscular Myxoma in Mazabraud syndrome
Hollywood Private Hospital – Lay Description of Mazabraud Project Info

AFAP1L1 – the regulation of invasion and metastasis of sarcoma cellsMurdoch University
University of Western Australia; Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

Historical

The Emma Pauley Research Grant – Improving long term functional outcomes following wide resection surgery for sarcoma 2014
Hollywood Functional Rehabilitation Clinic, University of University of Western Australia Hollywood private Hospital – View Information

Personalised Medicine for Sarcoma Patients – Pilot Study 2015-2017
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Hollywood Private Hospital & University of Western Australia – Personalised Medicine for Sarcoma Patients Info

AFAP1L1 – the regulation of invasion and metastasis of sarcoma cells; 2015-2017
University of Western Australia; Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research – View Information

Curtin University – Development grant 2017

  • Exploring patients experiences of receiving a sarcoma diagnosis and barriers/enablers faced
  • Exploring the needs of patients diagnosed with sarcoma and demonstrating the role of the sarcoma cancer nurse coordinator.