Research activity at Cure Cancer Australia are guided by the Research Committee headed by a member of the board of directors who is also a practicing clinician.


Professor Clare Scott MBBS PhD FRACP (Chair)

  • Laboratory Head, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
  • Medical Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Royal Melbourne Hospital

Professor Roger Reddel BSc (Med) MBBS PhD FRACP FAA

  • Director, Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI)
  • Sir Lorimer Dods Professor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney
  • Head, Cancer Research Unit, CMRI
  • Director, CellBank Australia
  • Co-director, ACRF International Centre for the Proteome of Human Cancer (ProCan).


Professor Michael Brown MBBS FRCPA FRACP PhD

  • Director, Cancer Clinical Trials Unit, and Senior Consultant Medical Oncologist, Department of Medical Oncology, Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Centre
  • Clinical Professor and Professor of Medical Oncology, School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide
  • Head, Translational Oncology Laboratory, Centre for Cancer Biology, SA Pathology and University of South Australia, Adelaide


Dr Nic Waddell BSc (Hons) PhD

  • Group Leader (SRF-B): Medical Genomics QIMR Berghofer
  • Deputy co-ordinator of the Genetics and Computational Biology Department QIMR Berghofer


The task of the committee is to:

  • Provide expertise and administrative support underpinning the identification of suitable researchers for CCAF grants, within the researcher space approved by the Board (currently Early Career researchers as CCAF believes in "the young").
  • Design the optimum granting structures to meet the aims of CCAF.
  • Optimize the funding environment for CCAF grants via interactions with major national funding bodies (NHMRC, CA, CC) and with more specialized funding bodies (LFA, NBCF, PCFA, CCNSW, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Bowel Cancer Australia, Rare Cancers Australia) in order to leverage CCAF funding.
  • Advocate on behalf of CCAF in the sector with a view to profile-raising of CCAF and in particular to increase the quantity and quality of grant applicants.
  • Assist with CCAF becoming the leading funder of early career grants (including via co-funding arrangements) and to be known nationally as such.
  • Provide scientific advice to CCAF and to the Board as required.
  • Design the subsequent year's grant round, given that year's context.
  • Interact with our stakeholders: potential applicants, current grant holders, CCAF alumni, leading scientific research institutes, which receive CCAF funding for their researchers, increasing awareness of CCAF.
  • Provide advice to the Board about scientific risk.
  • Assess alternative funding opportunities for CCAF, outside the core grant application process, as required, together with the Board.