Burnie Public Talk - Cancer: a disease of our genes

Event Name Burnie Public Talk - Cancer: a disease of our genes
Start Date 5th Jun 2018 6:00pm
End Date 5th Jun 2018 7:15pm
Duration 1 hour and 15 minutes

Burnie Arts and Function Centre, 77/79 Wilmot St, Burnie

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Cancer: a disease of our genes

Associate Professor Jo Dickinson
Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Our genes determine how our body looks, how it works, how we respond to our environment, what diseases we are likely to get and how well we respond to treatments. This talk will explain the role of genes in cancer, how genetic research is being translated to better treatments, while also explaining some of the familial cancer research taking place at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research.

Professor Jo Dickinson is a Principal Research Fellow in cancer genetics at Menzies. Her research interests are in understanding how inherited differences in genes contribute to the development of different types of cancers, including blood and prostate cancer, and how genes influence disease progression.

Dr Liesel FitzGerald
Menzies Institute for Medical Research

How do we apply our knowledge of genetics to prostate cancer research and what do we hope to achieve in the future?

Dr Liesel FitzGerald is a Research Fellow in prostate cancer genetics at Menzies. Her research focuses on identifying genetic changes that cause aggressive prostate cancer, that influence the way a man responds to treatment, and that cause some men to have worse treatment side-effects than others.

Raylene Cox
Cancer Council Tasmania

Support services available locally for families and individuals who are living with cancer.

Ms Raylene Cox is the Director of Cancer Prevention and Support Services at the Cancer Council Tasmania (CCT). She manages CCT’s  cancer support services across the state that are available to assist anyone impacted by cancer.

At the conclusion of the three talks there will be time set aside for your questions.