Researcher

Associate Professor Kerrie Leanne McDonald

Biography

Research Interests:
The Cure Brain Cancer Neuro-oncology Laboratory is focusing on two major research challenges: (1)To investigate novel ways to stop brain cancer cells from migrating from the original tumour site and re-establishing itself in another part of the brain. This is the major reason why surgery and radiotherapy have limited effectiveness. (2) To develop personalised medicine for brain tumour patients. How do we match the right drug...view more

Research Interests:
The Cure Brain Cancer Neuro-oncology Laboratory is focusing on two major research challenges: (1)To investigate novel ways to stop brain cancer cells from migrating from the original tumour site and re-establishing itself in another part of the brain. This is the major reason why surgery and radiotherapy have limited effectiveness. (2) To develop personalised medicine for brain tumour patients. How do we match the right drug with the right patient and improve overall survival? It is critical that we identify and validate new biomarkers that can predict clinical response: to avoid unnecessary toxicity in patients that fail to respond to treatment and to better understand drug resistance. This improved knowledge could lead to new strategies to overcome resistance.

Broad Research Areas:
Cancer, Cell Biology and Gene Regulation, Genetics - Genome Analysis, Proteomics, Biochemistry

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Chair, NSW Oncology Group (NSWOG) for Neuro-oncology, Co-leader, Australian Genomics and Clinical Outcomes of Glioma (AGOG), Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for COGNO, Member of Scientific Review Committee (SRC) of Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) for the South Eastern Sydney & Illawarra Health Service Northern Hospital Network, Member of the Society for Neuro-oncology (SNO)

Specific Research Keywords:
Brain tumours, Cell Migration, Clinical Research, Personalised medicine, microRNA

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Location

Level 2
Lowy Cancer Research Centre, C25

Contact

93851471
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