World Cancer Day: celebrating cancer survivors and our research collaborations

| 04 Feb 2020

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UNSW Medicine’s Cancer Research theme and our research partners from across the community celebrated cancer survivors and our research collaborations. 

In honour of World Cancer Day, UNSW’s Cancer Research theme and our collaborative partners celebrated cancer survivors and research collaborations at two Sydney landmarks as well as online. 

In the morning, scientists, clinicians and members of the community came together for breakfast to hear how we are taking action to create a world without cancer through collaborative research. 

With advocates and carers by their side, a group of cancer survivors then climbed the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge as a sign of strength and solidarity for those affected by cancer.

Cancer outcomes have improved enormously over the last 30 years, thanks to world-wide research efforts. Our second World Cancer Day event, Research in Partnership, was held at the Sydney Opera House. The event profiled researchers and health professionals who have dedicated their careers to improving the lives of those touched by cancer.

The World Cancer Day conversation continued to build online throughout the day as people from across the world shared what they will do with an “I am… and I will” statement.  

Our UNSW colleagues and network collaborators contributed, led by UNSW’s President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs who reiterated the importance of research partnerships, “I am a university leader and will nurture a culture of collaboration.”

Sydney’s World Cancer Day events were proudly hosted by UNSW Medicine and the Cancer Clinical Academic Group of Maridulu Budyari Gumal- the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) in partnership with Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation (CONCERT), and the Translational Cancer Research Network (TCRN).  The events were supported by a collaborative framework that includes five networks and more than 30 health, education and research sites across the state.

Find out more(link is external) about UNSW Medicine’s Cancer Clinical Academic Group and get involved with the research partnership. Or visit the Cancer Research Fund at UNSW Philanthropy to find out more about contributing financially to our cancer researchers.