24 July 2020
Congratulations to Dr Carolyn Ee, practising GP and Jacka Foundation Senior Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute who was awarded the 2020 Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group Training Award.
Dr Ee will use the award to develop her research program on acupuncture and mind-body therapies for weight management in breast cancer survivors, collaborating with Westmead Breast Cancer Institute. This will involve a qualitative study assessing the feasibility and acceptability of using acupuncture, yoga and mindfulness meditation after a breast cancer diagnosis, the outcome of which may be used to inform the design of future clinical trials in this area. Dr Ee’s study will commence in November, with findings to be presented at the 2021 PC4 Symposium.
The annual training award in the form of a grant is offered to a clinician or researcher who will undertake a research project in the primary care and cancer discipline. The award aims to promote a greater understanding of the primary care needs of cancer patients and survivors, encourage research in cancer in the primary care area, and build research capacity particularly with early and mid-career researchers.
Established in early 2009, PC4 was established to provide a national approach to cancer research in Australia and offer expertise covering all aspects of the cancer continuum from prevention to palliative care. The organisation enables the development of pre-trial work to evolve into larger scale, multi-site clinical trials, which can be translated into new models of cancer prevention and management in the community.