The Westmead Breast Cancer Institute (BCI) supports collaborative research and currently has partnerships with clinical and research institutions both nationally and internationally. The BCI maintains close links to Sydney West Translational Cancer Research Centre and the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, Westmead (http://www.sydneywestcancer.org/research).
The research program at the BCI comprises seven broad research streams investigating the development, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of early stage breast cancer.
Research streams and lead clinicians
|Stream||Lead clinicians||Focus of research|
|Breast Surgery|| Elisabeth Elder /
|Outcome after oncoplastic and reconstructive breast surgery, including aesthetic evaluation and patient reported outcome.|
|Axilla|| Elisabeth Elder /
|Individualised management of the axilla|
|Behavioural Medicine &
| Kerry Sherman /
|Interventions to improve the psychological and emotional wellbeing of women during and after their breast cancer treatment.|
|Breast Screening|| Nirmala Pathmanathan
/ Natacha Borecky
|Breast screening assessment and diagnosis|
|Pathology & Prognostic Factors||Nirmala Pathmanathan||Research relating to the effect of the expression of pathological markers on breast cancer prognosis|
|Radiotherapy||Kirsty Stuart||Effect of radiotherapy after treatment for Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS)|
|Lymphoedema||Katrina Carvelo||Lymphodema treatment and prevention|
Westmead Breast Cancer Institute Research Advisory Committee
All research undertaken at the BCI is governed by the Westmead BCI Research Advisory Committee (RAC). The RAC conduct a clinical review of all proposed research projects undertaken at BCI.
Research Advisory Committee members assist in the review of project proposals and provide comments when relevant to their area of speciality. They are also responsible for overseeing the efficient conduct of each study within their area of speciality, ensuring appropriate milestones are achieved.
Researchers interested in undertaking research at the Breast Cancer Institute
Once the RAC approves the project, you must obtain ethics approval from a lead Human Research Ethics committee. We usually use Sydney West Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) but researchers are free to choose any lead ethics committee. All research conducted at the BCI must obtain site specific assessment approval (SSA) by Sydney West Local Health District Research Governance Office (RGO) prior to the project commencement. SSA must be obtained for each site.
Full list of Human Research Ethics Committees registered with NHMRC
Western Sydney Local Health Network Human Research Ethics Committee
NSW Health Ethics forms for NEAF and SSA applications
NSW Health Ethics
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