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Depth Measurement Microscope for Cancer Imaging Research Buddies

Researchers at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (Nedlands) are seeking two people with a lived experience of solid tumour cancers to work with them on a project that will develop a new in-depth imaging microscope for vital cancer research

About the project/vacancy

Cancer researchers have discovered the environment that surrounds solid tumour cancers goes through complex changes. These changes can lead to stiffness in the surrounding tissue, which is thought to play a key role in how solid tumour cancers grow and spread.

The BRITElab Research team at Perkins drives the development of cutting edge imaging technology for cancer research.  With funding from Cancer Could WA, the team are currently developing a microscope that can look deeper into tissue samples so these changes can be studied more closely

About the position

The research team is inviting two Research Buddies to join the group to provide insight and advice from a lived experience perspective. They're looking for people who currently have or previously had a solid tumour cancer diagnosis - this could be any cancer which has formed in tissue in the body, such as (but not limited to) breast, lung, liver or prostate

What am I expected to do?

Successful applicants will be required to:

  • Meet with the research team 2 to 3 times throughout the life of the project (1 year) to discuss the research and provide advice from a lived experience perspective
  • Provide feedback on aspects of the study such as plain language summaries and information sheets about the research project, discuss findings or comment on future grant applications
  • Support the researchers in communicating their research to the wider community

What skills or experience do I need?

To be a successful application you need:

  • A lived experience of a solid tumour cancer diagnosis
  • Strong communication skills

How long am I expected to be involved?

This project is due to end in July 2021

Where will meetings be held?

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (Nedlands) or via Zoom

What support is offered?

A $35 honorarium per person per hour for meetings is offered. Training and mentoring is also offered by the Consumer and Community Involvement Program

Applications close: 14 August 2020

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