30 April 2020

Professor Hannan from the John Curtin School of Medical Research is an internationally recognised laboratory scientist, whose work on ribosome biogenesis has led to new treatment paradigms in cancer, centred on drugs that activate nucleolar stress. Professor Ross Hannan is a great detective of cancer research—finding and developing new cancer treatments for patients. Watch his story in the video below.

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Professor Ross Hannan: What makes the sciences exciting was that we are really like detectives.

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We are out there trying to understand how a cell works, how it’s gone wrong, how a tumour cell forms.

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So, every day you go to work you have a new case and there you are trying to work that out and you can inspire young people to be part of that journey and bring them along and turn them into outstanding scientists and they’ll take that to the next level.

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Our core work is health, trying to improve the outcomes of cancer patients, that’s what the sort of work NHMRC funds.

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Clearly without NHMRC funding we could not have done any of this work.

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So, it’s at the heart and soul of most of the research and then we use that funding from NHMRC to leverage additional funds from other agencies. So, we can really value add to that core funding that we get.

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