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Melanoma research at ECU receives a boost

Monday, 28 September 2009

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Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) melanoma research group has received a boost this week with a $2,000 donation from the Calabrese Club of Perth.

Under the direction of Associate Professor Mel Ziman, ECU’s melanoma research group is currently working on an innovative blood test for the diagnosis and prognosis of melanoma.

The Calabrese Club are enthusiastic supporters of melanoma research at ECU, donating funds last year for the purchase of enzymes for research.

After visiting the research facility, the Club decided to increase their efforts to further support the facility in 2009 with funds raised from their recent quiz night and other social functions.

Committee members Nunziano Pezzano and Tony Versaci visited Professor Ziman and fundraiser and supporter Mel Fear at the melanoma research facility based at ECU Joondalup last week to present a cheque for $2,000.

Professor Ziman said that the funds will go a long way towards purchasing vital research material and 100 per cent of the funds will go straight into research.

“Thanks to everyone from the Calabrese Club for their generous support,” she said.

“With the money raised we will be able to source enzymes that will assist with the testing of more than 200 blood samples.”

Mr Pezzano said that the Calabrese Club is proud to support research into the prevention and diagnosis of melanoma.

“Our members are always happy to support a worthwhile cause and many of our members have a personal interest in the work being done at ECU,” he said.

The test developed at ECU has the potential to benefit melanoma sufferers worldwide as it can detect cancerous melanoma cells at early stages of the disease, before they spread to other organs.

The next step for the research group involves detecting the genes that cause melanoma cells to metastasise into secondary cancers or tumours.

For more information about melanoma research at ECU, visit www.ecu.edu.au/melanoma.

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