La Trobe School of Cancer Medicine

The research our students undertake will improve the lives of patients with cancer. Prof. John Mariadason, Student Coordinator, La Trobe School of Cancer Medicine

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute is proudly affiliated with La Trobe University, leading to the establishment of the La Trobe School of Cancer Medicine based at the Institute. Together we undertake collaborative research, joint training of medical researchers and translate research into clinical practice ultimately improving health outcomes for patients with cancer.


Scientific leadership

You will study with renowned scientists with excellent publication records who are committed to helping you lay the foundations for a successful career in translational research.

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direct impact

Your research takes place within an environment where scientific discovery is translated into clinical trial. The Institute is embedded within the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre with laboratories located directly across from hospital wards and over 200 ongoing clinical trials. As a scientist committing to a career in cancer research, being reminded of the need and impact of your research every day is both rewarding and motivating. We are one of the only places in Australia where researchers and clinicians work alongside each other every day.

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Translational research training

All PhD students are co-supervised by a laboratory scientist and a practicing clinician to provide them with an unprecedented perspective of translational research. Our training program commences with students shadowing a clinician across a week and attending multidisciplinary team meetings to gain insight into the working practices of a Comprehensive Cancer Centre.


Being part of la Trobe

As a student of La Trobe University you will have access to a wide range of resources, services and academic programs. PhD students are provided with laptop computers and are able to apply for merit based PhD Scholarship top-ups. They also have the opportunity to attend an annual international conference. Our quarterly seminar series will help you discover and plan for career opportunities, while our social committee welcomes student involvement.

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