Congratulations to Professor Benjamin Thierry – NHMRC funding outcome
Grants and Awards | December 17, 2018

CBNS CI and Node Leader Professor Benjamin Thierry has been awarded a NHMRC Project Grant to use immuno-PET imaging to detect metastatic deposits in regional lymph nodes in head and neck cancer, sparing patients unnecessary surgery and improving treatment.

The project is a collaboration between the Future Industries Institute, the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the University of Stanford. It aims to demonstrate the feasibility of detecting preoperatively the presence of metastatic deposits in regional lymph nodes in head and neck cancer using immuno-PET imaging. If successfully translated to the clinic, this novel imaging assisted cancer surgery modality would have major benefits for patients, sparing up to ~2500 unnecessary neck dissection in Australia/year, as well as improving staging accuracy and in turn improving treatment selection.