Matt Dun in his lab

News • 12 Aug 2020

Newcastle cancer researcher recognised as Young Tall Poppy

Esteemed cancer researcher and charity advocate, Dr Matthew Dun, has been acknowledged for his dedication to improving cancer survival outcomes, with a 2020 ‘Young Tall Poppy’ science award.

Health students go rural with the Department of Rural Health

News • 12 Aug 2020

Growing numbers of health students choose to “go rural” in 2021

The University of Newcastle’s Department of Rural Health has seen a significant jump in the number of allied health students choosing to go rural in 2021, showing the increasing popularity of rural locations among domestic undergraduate students.

News • 11 Feb 2020

Nervous tissue growth factors promote aggressive cancers

Researchers from the University of Newcastle and Hunter Cancer Research Alliance are discovering exciting new avenues for the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer using the knowledge that nerve cells act to fuel cancer growth.

Dr Matt Dun at the awards, presented at Parliament House

News • 6 Nov 2019

Biomedical scientist’s mission to conquer cancer recognised at NSW Premier's Awards

Dr Matt Dun was named the Outstanding Cancer Research Fellow at this year's NSW's Premier Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research.

News • 8 Oct 2019

Pioneering partnership to improve breast cancer patient outcomes

A new partnership between Hunter Cancer Biobank based at HMRI and Breast Cancer Trials will boost breast cancer research in the Hunter and beyond.

News • 3 Sep 2019

Breakthrough for Brain Cancer Research

University of Newcastle researchers have made a significant breakthrough in brain cancer research as they continue their campaign to save lives by finding an effective treatment for the most aggressive of brain stem tumours.

News • 30 Aug 2019

$10 million funding boost for local health researchers

More than $10 million has been awarded to further world-class, solution-based research at the University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), and Hunter New England Health in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding.

Associate Professor Gillian Gould

News • 9 May 2019

New support will help pregnant Indigenous women quit smoking

Health professionals and organisations will receive additional training and resources to help support Indigenous women quit smoking during pregnancy under a new multi-million dollar initiative being funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

News • 14 Mar 2019

Significant funding boost to aid global health issues

Hunter researchers have been successful in securing more than $2.8million to work toward solutions for some of the nation’s most pressing health challenges.

News • 7 Mar 2019

Mark Hughes Foundation awards innovation in brain cancer

Five highly innovative brain cancer research projects have received over $725,000 in funding from the Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) following a nationwide call-out and scientific review by experts in the field.

News • 14 Feb 2019

Funding awarded for innovative cancer research

Three University of Newcastle researchers have been awarded career fellowships worth more than $1.6 million for research into innovative cancer treatment.

Mr Andrea Rufo OAM and Dr Nikki Verrills

News • 26 Jun 2018

Pink Frangipani Ball blossoms hope for breast cancer patients

Current chemotherapy and radiation treatment options for breast cancer patients are grueling, and not all patients see positive results, however with funding raised from the 2018 Pink Frangipani Ball, Dr Nikki Verrills and her research team hope to develop revolutionary new therapies.


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