The Avner Foundation has been involved in a number of research and education programs including the following:
The Australian Pancreatic Cancer Genome Initiative (APGI) is a member of the International Genome Consortium (ICGC), a worldwide collaborative effort to comprehensively catalogue the genomic and epigenomic abnormalities in over 50 major human cancers. The APGI brings together the expertise of Pancreatic Cancer scientists and healthcare professionals across Australia, and is dedicated to improving outcomes for pancreatic patients and their families.
In 2015 Avner’s Foundation funded a surgical workshop that brought together medical experts from around Australia, including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and gastroenterologists.
Two key streams of work emerged from the workshop and subsequent meetings. These areas of focus were highlighted as those with great opportunity to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients. The key areas of focus are:
- Basic Research
Underpinning these two streams will be an integrated network that can ensure research and clinical communities are aligned.
An Australia-wide multi-centre cancer clinical trial funded by the Avner Foundation. The project looked at taking innovative approach to research into understanding Pancreatic Cancer and individualising patient treatment.
Jeremy Humphris, Gastroenterologist and PhD student is the recipient of the first Avner’s Foundation scholarship.