ANZUP Pedal Powers New Concept Research Fund

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SONY DSCGreat ideas need funding to germinate. ANZUP is taking on the challenge of seeding new projects through the launch of the Below the Belt Research Fund.

ANZUP Cancer Trials Groups performs clinical trials in the “below the belt” cancers of the prostate, kidney, bladder and testicles.

The fund will support new clinical trial ideas to allow them to move to the point of becoming full scale clinical trials. Funding to support the program will be raised through the annual ANZUP Below the Belt Pedalthon.

The launch of the new Below the Belt Research Fund was announced at the 2nd annual Below the Belt Pedalthon at Eastern Creek in September 2015. The event saw more than 50 corporate and community teams join for the annual event to raise funds in a 3 hour cycle challenge. High-profile cycling stars Brad McGee, Ben Kersten and Kaarle McCullouch joined Pedalthon founder Simon Clarke and ANZUP Chair Ian Davis to announce the new program.

Ian-DavisANZUP Chair Professor Ian Davis said, “Clinical trials are imperative. All the medical research in the world amounts to nothing if we can’t improve outcomes for our patients. Clinical trials are how we find out whether something works, how best to use it, and how it stacks up against what we are already doing. The Below the Belt Research Fund is an exciting next step for ANZUP and we are so grateful to all those participating in this year’s Pedalthon.

“The funds from the Pedalthon will go directly to support the development of new trial ideas so that we can continue to improve outcomes for our patients with these cancers.”

Up to $150,000 has been set aside from the fundraising efforts of the Below the Belt Pedalthon for the 1st round of the fund in 2015/2016. Up to four successful projects will be selected and supported. Applications are open now for all ANZUP clinicians and scientists to submit new trial ideas, innovative sub-studies, pilot studies or seed funding for high priority ANZUP trials. Review of grant applications will be by the ANZUP Scientific Advisory Committee and will include consumer representation.

‘Below the belt’ cancers include testicular and prostate cancer in men, and bladder and kidney cancer in both men and women. Pedalthon founder Simon Clarke is a testicular cancer survivor himself who benefited from innovative research in testicular cancer treatment. This
experience led Simon to partner with ANZUP and to create the Below the Belt Pedalthon event that supports the new Below the Belt Research Fund.

Simon said, “The trials being carried out by the team at ANZUP have been internationally recognised as world-class. I’m hoping the annual Pedalthon will continue to raise much-needed funds, allowing them to continue looking for more ways to understand a condition that affects so many Australians.” 
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