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The Foundation support a variety of research projects relating to prostate cancer with a focus on applied research in the medical fields of diagnosis, treatment and the social sciences of support and care.

Currently two research projects are being funded.

Dr Sarah Young at University of Otago is currently working on a research project to harness the immune system to fight prostate cancer by developing a novel vaccine.
This research project has two main goals:

  1. To determine the best strategy to attach pieces of the prostate cancer to the vaccine
  2. To identify unique peptides that are only expressed in the cancer and make a ‘library’ of these

Finally the team will test the efficacy of our vaccine in a prostate cancer model.

 

Dr Remy Lim, a Radiologist at Mercy Radiology in Auckland is leading a team looking at the use of the new PSMA PET/CT scanning procedure in pre-operative staging of high risk patients. They are researching how this test could potentially change the management or alter surgical approach to men with potential metastatic disease and correlating PET findings with resected nodal specimens. This is a significant research project as there has not been research on this in New Zealand as the equipment was only recently installed in late 2015.

 

To apply for a research grant please contact Graeme Woodside before 30 November.

Summaries provided by the researchers supported by the Foundation can be found here when available.

Research Summaries


Communication networks of men facing a diagnosis of prostate cancer

This study seeks to identify the factors that shape the communication networks of men on a prostate biopsy waiting list and find out how these factors relate to their disclosure about their changing health status. Men facing a potential diagnosis of prostate cancer are in a challenging situation; the benefits of disclosing their changing health…