Cancer and cell signalling

Understanding brain cancer and developing targeted therapies to eradicate it.

Brain cancer is the most common cause of death in children and the most common cause of cancer-related death in people under 40. It is very rarely curable.

Treatment is invasive and destructive. The standard treatment is surgery to remove the lump, followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy, which floods the brain with toxins.

Children who survive are left with serious side effects because their brains and bodies are still developing.

The Wainwright Group has made it their mission to solve this problem. They believe they can find a way to develop tailored and targeted treatments to increase survival and quality of life of young patients.

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Prof Brandon Wainwright

Professor Brandon Wainwright

Director, Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Group Leader, Genomics of Development and Disease Division
Investigator, UQ Project Three Billion

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  • Dr Pengxiang Ji

    Higher degree by research (PhD) student
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Mr James Fraser

    Higher degree by research (PhD) student
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience