Professor Patrick Brennan awarded three-year grant

30 January 2014

Professor Patrick Brennan has been awarded a three-year research grant from Cancer Australia.

Professor Brennan will work as one of the Chief Investigators on the study, with lead applicant Doctor Carolyn Nickson from the University of Melbourne. The grant will focus on maximising benefits and minimising harms in the BreastScreen program.

"Twenty-eight new cancer research projects will be funded through $9.43 million in grants being delivered by Cancer Australia's PdCCRS (Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme)" said Cancer Australia.

According to Doctor Nickson's grant application, while current breast cancer screening significantly reduces breast cancer mortality, there are also the flow-on effects of overdiagnosis and false positive screening tests. The team will use a population simulation model to investigate how tailoring screening according to individual patients' age, family history and breast density might make breast screening strategies more effective.

Dr Nickson and Professor Brennan have developed common research interests over the past three years, "particularly around the issue of breast density and diagnostic efficacy" said Professor Brennan.

Professor Brennan specialises in medical imaging and is co-director of BREAST, an Australian initiative to enhance cancer detection in breast imaging. The grant is worth $596,000.