Microenvironment & Metabolism Special Interest Group


  • To increase and promote research relevant to the tumour microenvironment at the University of Sydney
  • To promote the formation of new collaborations between SIG members, particularly those working in different disciplines


  • Organise regular workshops and meetings that maximise opportunities for SIG members to present their research and/or ideas
  • Develop, maintain and circulate a SIG membership list with an associated biological and technical expertise register
  • Advertise collaborative granting opportunities of interest to SIG members
  • Where resources permit, assist with coordinating grant applications from SIG members for shared infrastructure
  • Promote SIG activities through the University of Sydney Cancer Network to increase SIG membership

Join the group

Are you interested in the tumour microenvironment, tumour biology, extracellular matrix remodelling, cancer immunology, chemoprevention and/or inflammation?

If the answer is yes, then you might be interested in joining the University of Sydney Cancer Research Network Microenvironment & Metabolism Special Interest Group.

The microenvironment in which a tumour originates plays a critical role in tumour initiation and progression, and may be an important factor in developing therapeutic approaches. It is an emerging area of research in which researchers are seeking to elucidate the mechanisms by which tumour cells engage in an active cross talk with many different cells and molecules. Specifically, the role of the tumour microenvironment in:

  • The major processes involved in metastasis such as proliferation, angiogenesis, and invasion;
  • Tumour angiogenesis and anti-angiogenesis therapy;
  • The role of cytokines in the progression of cancers; and
  • Response to chemotherapy and drug penetration in solid tumours.

A comprehensive understanding of the significance of the tumour microenvironment will require an active interaction between researchers engaged in multidisciplinary research.

The Microenvironment & Metabolism Special Interest Group is a great opportunity to:

  • Discuss new and exciting research in this area;
  • Brush up on and expand your knowledge of relevant techniques;
  • Discuss possibilities for collaborative research;
  • Share your knowledge; and
  • Interact with researchers who share your interests.

This SIG is Chaired by Professor Jennifer Byrne (Head of Department, Oncology Research Unit, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead). Membership is open to all members of the University of Sydney Cancer Research Network.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the Cancer Research Network Office by or on (02) 8627 1532.