Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease Seminar
19 September 2012
Tony Papenfuss of The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research will be presenting findings from his genetic investigation of the Tasmanian Devil facial tumours.
Dr Papenfuss found the tumour originated from Schwann cells which protect and nourish the devil's peripheral nerve fibres. He has been looking at what are the genetic changes that trigger the Schwann cells to become tumour cells and whether it is caused by external factors or random mutations.
The disease, characterised by large tumours on the face and mouth that can spread to internal organs, has spread across more than 60 per cent of mainland Tasmania. Once it becomes visible, it appears to be fatal - usually within three months.
These findings are applicable to all cancer researchers and we encourage all to come along to this event.
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Location: New Law School Annexe SR 342, Camperdown Campus
Contact: Nadine Caisley, Cancer Research Network
More info: http://sydney.edu.au/cancer-research/