Translational research, by its very nature, is characterised by understanding how simple cellular events work into more complex biological systems such as the tumour and the patient.
Funding awarded to Dr Catchpoole for this study will contribute to the support of core activities undertaken by the Tumour Bank staff. This includes expanding links with the oncology wards and clinics through the appointment of a Clinical Research Associate (CRA).
The CRA will be responsible for consenting the use of patient samples for research and as such plays an essential role liaising between the research unit and paediatric cancer patients and families. In addition, the CRA will be tasked in drawing together the clinical data associated with all childhood cancer patients within The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, providing necessary information for the translational research efforts of the Biospecimens Research Group and Tumour Bank (BRGTB). The role of CRA will open the opportunity for the involvement of the BRGTB in broader multi-centre clinical trials that will require these necessary clinical and translational research personnel.