Higher Degree by Research Candidate
Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Sarah Bernhardt is a PhD candidate with the Breast Biology and Cancer Unit, based at the Basil Hetzel Institute. In collaboration with departments at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, her research explores whether young women are receiving the most appropriate treatment for their breast cancer.
Emerging in the clinic are tests which use gene expression profiling to help guide treatment decision making in breast cancer. However, despite their availability to premenopausal women, these tests have been developed and validated predominantly in postmenopausal women. In premenopausal women, hormones estrogen and progesterone fluctuate dramatically during the menstrual cycle. The impact of fluctuating hormones on breast cancer gene expression—and subsequent treatment recommendations—remains unknown. It is unclear whether these tests are appropriate for use in premenopausal women.
My PhD project explores how hormonal fluctuations associated with the menstrual cycle can effect breast cancer gene expression, and subsequent treatment recommendations. Outcomes of my research will identify whether these tests are appropriate at guiding treatment decisions in premenopausal women.
In 2018, I was a university finalist in the 3MT competition. My presentation titled 'That time of the month: When menstrual cycle stage affects breast cancer treatment' can be found below:
Date Position Institution name 2016 PhD candidate The University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2019 Award Adelaide Medical School Poster Prize The University of Adelaide Australia — 2019 Award John Barker Poster Prize for Cancer Research Florey Postgraduate Research Conference Australia — 2019 Award Florey Medical Research Foundation Prize Florey Medical Research Foundation Australia — 2019 Achievement Novartis Junior Scientist Award Finalist Endocrine Society of Australia Australia — 2019 Award Endocrine Society of Australia Travel Award Endocrine Society of Australia Australia — 2019 Achievement Ross Wishart Memorial Award Finalist Australian Society for Medical Research Australia — 2019 Award Ross Wishart People's Choice Award Australian Society for Medical Research Australia — 2018 Award Adelaide Medical School Research Travel Award The University of Adelaide Australia — 2018 Award Adelaide Medical School Poster Prize The University of Adelaide Australia — 2018 Achievement Novartis Junior Scientist Award Finalist Endocrine Society of Australia Australia — 2018 Achievement Three Minute Thesis (3MT) University Finalist The University of Adelaide Australia — 2018 Award Science in Public Media & Communications Workshop Attendance Award The Hospital Research Foundation and The Basil Hetzel Institute Australia — 2017 Award Adelaide Medical School Research Travel Award The University of Adelaide Australia — 2016 Scholarship Faculty of Health Science Divisional Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia — 2013 Award Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia — 2013 Scholarship Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia — 2012 Achievement Faculty of Sciences Outstanding Academic Achievement Award The University of Adelaide Australia —
Date Institution name Country Title 2016 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD in Medicine 2015 - 2015 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Honours in Bachelor of Health Science (First Class) 2012 - 2014 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
Date Title Institution Country 2018 - 2018 Communication and Media Workshop Science in Public Australia 2018 Effective Communication Training Talent Academy Australia
Year Citation 2018 Bernhardt, S., Townsend, A., Price, T., & Ingman, W. (2018). Hormonal modulation of breast cancer gene expression and implications for diagnosis and treatment of premenopausal women. Poster session presented at the meeting of CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY. Perth, AUSTRALIA: WILEY.
|2019||Endocrine Society of Australia Travel Award||$450|
|2018||Adelaide Medical School Research Travel Award||$1,000|
|2017||Adelaide Medical School Research Travel Award||$1,000|
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2018 - ongoing Representative Australian Society for Medical Research Committee Australian Society for Medical Research Australia 2018 - ongoing Representative Basil Hetzel Institute Management Committee Basil Hetzel Institute Australia
Date Title Engagement Type Institution Country 2019 - 2019 CoastFM 88.7 Radio Interview Public Community Engagement The Hospital Reserch Foundation Australia 2018 - ongoing New tests to improve breast cancer diagnosis: are they useful for younger women? Public Community Engagement Hawthorn Woman’s Only Community Group Australia 2018 - ongoing Florey Undergraduate Research Conference Judge Scientific Community Engagement The University of Adelaide Australia 2018 - 2018 New tests to improve breast cancer diagnosis and treatment: are they useful for younger women? Public Community Engagement University of the Third Age Flinders Australia 2017 - 2018 National Science Week Science Alive Volunteer Public Community Engagement The Basil Hetzel Institute Australia 2016 - 2016 Australian Breast Cancer Research Newsletter Public Community Engagement The Hospital Research Foundation Australia
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