Stopping the spread of sarcoma

28 February 2014

Research into sarcoma, an area of cancer that receives little attention, received a major boost this week with the presentation of $40,000 to an ANU PhD student towards a newly named scholarship established by the Sarah Grace Sarcoma Foundation.

Sarcoma is a form of cancer that differs from the more common carcinomas that cause breast, colon and lung cancer. It's estimated that 20 per cent of childhood and young adult cancers are sarcomas, but they receive less than one per cent of cancer research funds.

This week, Dr Grace Moshi, along with fellow Sarah Grace Sarcoma Foundation Board Members Mr Hugh Archer and Ms Ellie Cole OAM, handed over a cheque for $40,000 to PhD student Jinsoo Yoon, recipient of the Sarah Grace Sarcoma Foundation PhD scholarship.

"Sarcomas generally metastasize, or spread, earlier in the disease process than carcinomas," said Mr Yoon.

"Moreover, sarcomas are totally different than carcinomas. This is why we should concentrate on sarcoma research involved in metastasis."

The Sarah-Grace Sarcoma Foundation has been funding research on the spread of sarcomas at the John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) since 2011, within Professor Chris Parish and Dr Lucy Coupland's research group. The Foundation is carrying on their contribution to JSCMR and ANU through the scholarship fund.

Yoon, who is originally from South Korea, thanked the Foundation for its generous support.

"I hope this funding will help me make a significant impact in the field of sarcoma metastasis," he said.

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