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A gift to heal

Professor Zee Upton with Ann Fallshaw
Professor Zee Upton (left) and donor Ann Fallshaw wearing her personalised QUT lab coat which was a gift from the Tissue Repair and Regeneration research team.

Ann Fallshaw did not expect that the simple act of turning on a radio five years ago would forge a bond with QUT.

But that is exactly what happened after she came across scientist Zee Upton talking on the ABC about her research into wound healing and the potential benefits for victims of burns and other scar-causing

‘Science was never my forte but I understand what this work is about and I liked the way Zee spoke when I first heard her,’ she recalled.

‘There are a few things I feel quite strongly about and tissue regeneration is one of them. My mother had really bad rheumatoid arthritis and a chronic ulcer, and I’d also seen a show about the war and people getting burnt around the same time I heard Zee. It just resonated and struck a chord and I was quite happy to do my little bit.’

Ann’s donations touched the research team so much that QUT gave her a personalised lab coat. Ann has toured Professor Upton’s old laboratory at Gardens Point campus and, more recently, visited her new research facilities at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at Kelvin Grove.

‘People can be cruel about scarring. If this research helps people, especially young people, it’s so worthwhile.’ – Ann Fallshaw

Scientists on international quests

Professor Zee Upton with Ann Fallshaw
Dr Scott Stansfield and Dr John Hooper from IHBI's Hormone Dependent Cancer Research Program

Dr John Hooper and Dr Scott Stansfield are on international quests to fight cancer, thanks to the generosity of a neighbour.

The two IHBI scientists are the first recipients of the John Williams IHBI Cancer Research Travel Fellowship. Mr Williams, who died of cancer, lived just a few kilometres from IHBI at Kelvin Grove and decided to leave more than half a million dollars to the University to help its researchers fight diseases such as prostate, skin and breast cancer.

The perpetual fund enabled Dr Hooper and Dr Stansfield to travel to North American laboratories last year to pool their expert knowledge with international colleagues for ongoing collaborations.

Dr Stansfield spent two months working at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, to investigate how a cancer protein that is used to screen for prostate cancer actually works.

‘The more we know about how these proteins work in cancer, the better we understand the disease and how to detect and combat it,’ he said.

Dr Hooper spent five weeks at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego in the United States.‘We have a collaboration which is aimed at understanding the molecular mechanism by which a protein called CDCP1 helps cancer cells to spread around the body—a process known as metastasis,’ he said.

Prostate cancer attacks as many Australian men as breast cancer attacks women, yet only receives a fraction of the funding. IHBI's Hormone Dependent Cancer research program is led by Professor Judith Clements and investigates areas including how cancer grows, what makes it spread out of the prostate and into the bone, and what genes are involved.

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