Breast Cancer Cure Currently Funded Projects:

1. Breast reconstruction:
Natural fat tissue grafting is now popular for breast reconstruction as it has low surgical risk, but up to 70% of fat injected is lost. The team are studying extra cellular vesicles released from adipose stem cell injections to aid fat graft survival and retention in an effort to improve outcomes for those needing or seeking lower risk surgery. Kirsty Danielson University of Otago

2. Biomedical Prevention:
This study seeks to prevent breast cancer in genetically high-risk individuals through application of the antisense oligonucleotides therapy (previously used successfully for degenerative disorders). This therapy modifies the risk of the BRACA2 breast cancer variant through gene splicing laying the foundation for the development of risk-reducing therapies which will provide new options and will be of particular interest to younger women. Vanessa Lau et al University of Otago

3. Digital Pathology:
This study is moving pathology from microscopes to digitally scanned slides on computers to automatically identify and efficiently report on molecular and genomic changes by using algorithms to quantify and standardise results. This will make equity of access more achievable and improve prediction of response to treatment. Gavin Harris Universities of Auckland and Canterbury

4. Drug resistance:
This project delivers the first APOBEC3 (A&B) selective inhibitor into live cells, reducing the ability for cancer cells to block/adapt to chemo and immunotherapies, allowing treatments to progress without restriction and thereby reducing the possibility of metastasis and cancer re-occurrences. Filichev et al, Massey University. Patents achieved.

5. Biomarker for Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC): 
(There are three main subtypes TNBC, HR+ and HER2+)
This study focus's on a protein biomarker HIF-1 in TNBC using glutaminase Inhibitors. The study is currently in phase two clinical evaluation. Dean Singleton, University of Auckland

6. Biomarker for Triple Negative Breast Cancer to understand who is at greater risk of advanced breast cancer:
The study is looking at how the Fn14 molecule works, how it expresses itself and what drives tumour behaviours and what leads to it being more aggressive in certain circumstances and whether it may be responsible for breast cancer metastasis in triple negative breast cancer.

They are looking to improve prognosis and are working towards identifying who is at greater risk. Dr Heather Cunliffe, University of Otago

7. Prediction of the re-occurance of breast cancer:
This blood marker study has identified two molecules, found in the blood of patients at the time of surgery for breast cancer, that were very good at predicting which women would have a relapse before five years. This study is validating these findings in a larger group of breast cancer patients. Annette LashamUniversity of Auckland

8. Drug resistance for HER2+ Breast Cancer (T-DM1;Kadcyla)
Following an earlier study which significantly found a gene TSCI knockout may promote T-DM1 resistance. This study is validating these findings to understand which patients may need different therapies to prevent their cancer from progressing. Dr. Barbara Lipert, University of Auckland

9. High Risk full length variant classification in breast cancer:
This study of high risk genes seeks to understand, classify and more reliably identify breast cancer mutations. Members of team are part of an international panel and will develop rules for doctors which will be integrated into international guidelines. The study ensure that clinicians, individuals and their families will be able to take action to reduce the likelihood of the developing disease. Dr Logan Walker, University of Otago.

CurtainStudio Partnership

We are excited to partner with CurtainStudio and all their stores throughout New Zealand to help raise vital funds for breast cancer research.

The CurtainStudio team are delighted to have Breast Cancer Cure as our new charity partner. Breast cancer has an impact on so many people’s lives including our employees, customers and suppliers and for this reason, our team are extremely passionate about the cause. We are looking forward to getting in behind the fundraising initiatives so we can help Breast Cancer Cure with their mission to FIND A CURE for Breast Cancer.

Bryn Harrison, CEO, CurtainStudio

During the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness month CurtainStudio will be donating $1 from every pack of Studio Readymade Curtains and Blinds to Breast Cancer Cure.

Lockdown Challenge for a CURE

Are you looking to tackle a new challenge or set yourself a lockdown goal?

Take up the Lockdown Challenge for a CURE and help raise funds for vital breast cancer research. You choose your challenge make it as hard or as easy as you like. Simply set up your fundraising page and share it with your friends and family.

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Reducing Breast Cancer Risk and Improving Treatment Options the Focus of Newly Funded Research

The Health Research Council of New Zealand, Breast Cancer Cure and Breast Cancer Foundation NZ have funded three new research projects focused on breast cancer in New Zealand.

The funding aims to improve quality of life and survival in breast cancer in New Zealand. The overall research objectives and priorities for this year’s investment include a focus on achieving health equity and improving health outcomes for communities disproportionately affected by breast cancer.

More than $728,000 was awarded to three innovative projects. See below for this year’s successful recipients.

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Let's Walk the Walk for Breast Cancer, Dunedin!

Join us in Dunedin for a night of New Zealand’s finest fashion from top designers!

Be hosted by Shane Cortese, enjoy food and beverages served throughout the night, live and silent auctions and hear the latest research developments from our Beast Cancer Cure researcher.

One Night. One Show. Top Designers. All to support research into a cure.

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