Beating melanoma – targeting genes
Wednesday 9 October, 6.00-7.30pm
Professor Graham Mann, Professor in Medicine at Melanoma Institute Australia and Westmead Millennium Institute, Associate Dean, Research, Sydney Medical School
Dr Georgina Long, Clinical Researcher and Medical Oncologist at the Melanoma Institute of Australia, Fellow Cancer Institute NSW and Clinical Researcher, Sydney Medical School
Graham Mann and Georgina Long will outline how their genetic research is changing the whole landscape of melanoma research and why it is giving hope to those with melanoma or at high genetic risk of getting it.
Professor Mann will explain how researchers are coming to grips with melanoma behaviour: the genes that have changed in melanoma, the genes that drive melanoma and which make the difference between the ones that are aggressive and dangerous, and those which are easier to treat.
Dr Georgina Long will then outline the results of clinical trials which have delivered the first effective drugs against melanoma. She will outline how after many years of research, they've developed drugs to target the particular mutations that cancers have. The great news is that for the first time, people with advanced melanoma can be treated with drugs that increase survival rates.
VENUE: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sydney Room, Level 10, 201 Sussex Street, Sydney
Presented in conjunction with Sydney Ideas and the Melanoma Institute of Australia.