Como Curtin Uni student receives Cancer Council WA research grant


Como resident Elizabeth Perica is doing her bit for cancer research.
Como resident Elizabeth Perica is doing her bit for cancer research.

ELIZABETH Perica is doing her bit for cancer research after receiving a Cancer Council WA grant.

The Como resident and Curtin University medical imaging student (20) received the $3000 James Crofts Hope Foundation Vacation Scholarship as part of Cancer Council WA’s 2017 research grants.

The money will help her investigate how 3D printing can help surgeons devise an individualised plan for complex liver cancer surgery.

“I heard about the grants through my lecturer Dr Zhonghua Sun who has worked in collaboration with the Cancer Council and I thought it was a really good idea,” she said.

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“I was really excited to receive the honour, I’m really interested in the topic and the money will help my research topic, which I’m doing as part of my honours at university.

“I’ve had grandparents and family friends who have been affected by cancer so to do the research means that I can give back in my own way.”

Miss Perica said she believed 3D printing could play a bigger role in medicine, especially in pre-operative planning

“I hope that these 3D printed liver models will assist surgeons to develop a safe, efficient, and effective surgical plan by providing them with a better understanding of the individual’s pathology,” she said.

“These models could also be really useful in education and the training of junior surgeons; I think that the application of 3D printing in medicine will grow rapidly.”

Cancer Council WA chief executive officer Susan Rooney said Miss Perica’s scholarship grant was part of $4 million in research funding.

“This announcement reflects our ongoing commitment to make funding cancer research a priority,” she said.