Higher Degree by Research Candidate
Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
I am a third-year PhD candidate within the School of Medicine currently working at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). I am passionate about developing new insights within the field of medical research and in promoting this area to the wider community.
The importance of the bone marrow microenvironment in Multiple Myeloma
Multiple myeloma is a largely incurable malignancy of antibody producing plasma cells within the bone marrow. While survival rates for multiple myeloma have improved over recent years, a majority of patients will die with this disease. The bone marrow environment plays a critical role in this disease, including promoting the growth, spread and survival of the tumour cells. In the past years our knowledge of the bone marrow environment's role in multiple myeloma has improved, however we still need to identify the key factors from the bone marrow that contribute to multiple myeloma disease progression in order to be able to target them therapeutically and improve patient outcomes.
My research within the Myeloma Research Laboratory aims to determine the role of one particular factor in multiple myeloma. In addition I aim to test a function-blocking antibody against this factor as a potential multiple myeloma therapy. This work has broad reaching implications for not only multiple myeloma, but for many other cancers that spread to bone.
I am supported by a Research Training Stipend. My project has been awarded funding by the NHMRC.
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