Monday, 3 April 2017

Personalised medicine for cancer patients using next generation sequencing

Dr Luciano Martelotto
Congratulations Dr Luciano Martelotto, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Medicine who was awarded a $116,000 MPCCC Research Grant.

Dr Martelotto's project will develop and implement a comprehensive, sensitive and rapid gene sequencing diagnostic test to allow physicians to quickly find out whether a patient’s cancer carries clinically important mutations. 

Critically this tumour genetic profile will enable cancer specialists to personalise treatment by matching individual patients with therapies from which they are most likely to benefit.

“Our research will facilitate improved access to clinical trials for cancer patients treated at MPCCC and beyond and we are very excited to have this opportunity,” Dr Luciano Martelotto said.

Dr Martelotto's co-investigators on this project include Associate Professor Jake Shortt and Associate Professor Arun Azad from the Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health.

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