Breakthrough blog

Welcome to the breakthrough blog, where the focus is very much on what we’ve been able to achieve thanks to your invaluable support.

This is where you’ll read about the latest innovations in our labs, exciting breakthroughs in our medical research, and heartwarming stories about some of the people we’ve been able to help.

Staff profile: Anna Henty (Senior Events Coordinator – Garvan Research Foundation)

What kinds of events does Garvan host, and why? It’s our duty and pleasure to educate the community on the importance of medical research, and to provide access to our amazing buildings and scientists.

Researcher profile: Dr Thomas Cox (Group Leader, Matrix and Metastasis – Cancer Division)

Why did you choose to pursue cancer research as a career? What drives me is working out why something is not doing what it should. Growing up, I was forever taking things apart under the premise of trying to understand how they work.

Ask Garvan about the incidence rate of cancer

Q. Are there more cases of cancer in 2017 than there were in 1950? The answer is yes: the incidence of cancer is now slightly higher than it was in the 1950s. This likely has two major contributing factors.

Staff profile: Dr Marie Dziadek (Chief Scientific Officer)

Can you give us a brief outline of your recent work history? I have been a researcher and university academic for 35 years since finishing my PhD, most recently working in Melbourne and Auckland before coming to Sydney.

The kindness of strangers

There is life beyond cancer for Joe and Betty Banhidi, who have chosen to repay their good fortune with a very special gift.

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