Sharon Kilbreath awarded National Breast Cancer Foundation Career Fellowship

4 November 2008

Associate Professor Sharon Kilbreath has recently been announced as the recipient of one of the two largest ever Career Fellowship grants handed down by the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) for breast cancer research in Australia.

The Career Fellowship awards a total of investment of 1 million dollars ($200,000 over 5 years) to fund Associate Professor Kilbreath and the Breast Cancer Research Group's work on physical rehabilitation following breast cancer.

'Australia has some of the brightest minds in breast cancer research,' commented Sue Carrick, Head of Research Strategy at NBCF. 'By offering grants of this scale, we are further building our capacity for research and ensuring that we retain the best talent within Australia.'

Associate Professor Kilbreath at Cumberland Campus Pink Breakfast
Associate Professor Kilbreath at Cumberland Campus Pink Breakfast

The Faculty of Health Sciences' Breast Cancer Research Group was established by Associate Professor Sharon Kilbreath in 2001 following her own battle with breast cancer. This grant will allow the group to further their research into identifying the specific causes and risk factors of long-term musculoskeletal problems suffered by many breast cancer survivors.

'This will enable development of effective interventions to treat and prevent these problems, with a particular emphasis on lymphoedema (swelling of the arm),' said Associate Professor Kilbreath.

Ms Carrick acknowledged the work of Associate Professor Kilbreath and fellow recipient, Dr Robin Anderson from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in, 'leading teams representing the next generation of researchers who have the capacity to make a real difference in the area of breast cancer control.'

Contact: Michelle Cario

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