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Assoc. Prof. Grant McArthur

Associate Professor Grant McArthur is Consultant Medical Oncologist, Head of the Translational Research Group and Head of the Molecular Oncology Laboratory at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He's a former recipient of Cancer Council Victoria's Dunlop Fellowship.

Associate Professor Grant McArthurAssociate Professor McArthur’s fellowship research involved the development of targeted therapies for cancer. He worked on 3 different streams of research concurrently. All relate to the development of new treatments for cancer and encompassed understanding the fundamental biology of the target and integrating this with strategies to clinically develop novel targeted therapeutics.

Dr McArthur continues his work in his clinical practice as a medical oncologist, specialising in targeted therapies. His work with patients complements and enhances his research.

The 3 streams of research are:

  1. Novel applications of targeted therapies to the treatment of neoplasia.
  2. The use of positron emission tomography (PET) in monitoring response to targeted therapies.
  3. Development and application of biomarker assays to predict response to targeted therapies.

Associate Professor McArthur is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Medical Oncology and holds a PhD in Medical Biology. In 2004 he was awarded the Translational Research Award of the Fondation Nelia et Amadeo Barletta and in 2005 the Dunlop Clinical Research Fellowship of Cancer Council Victoria. Research interests include clinical trials of targeted therapeutics, GIST, melanoma, breast cancer, cell cycle control, differentiation, and functional imaging. He sits on the editorial board of Anti-Cancer Drugs.

The Sir Edward Dunlop Clinical Research Fellowship is a 5-year fellowship for medically qualified cancer researchers, aimed at supporting future leaders in cancer research. It's named in memory of Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop (1907-1993) to mark his contribution to Australia and, in particular, to the work of Cancer Council Victoria.

Sir Edward was a leading general surgeon in Australia, and was well known for his work in treating Australian prisoners of war on the Burma railway during the 1939-45 War. His contribution to the Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria spanned nearly 30 years: as Chair of our Executive Committee (1974-1980), President (1980-81) and Patron from 1982 until his death in 1993.