Ryan Cross was educated at Tyalla Public School, Coffs Harbour and Bishop Druitt College (Year 3 to HSC 2006) before studying at the University of Melbourne, attaining an honours degree in genetics and immunology. He concluded his studies with a PhD in 2015 studying breast cancer. Last year he swapped over to paediatric brain cancer research at the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.
Dr Ryan Cross has been awarded one of two Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s Early Career Fellowships worth $345,000. This funding over three years will aid his research at the Walter Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne.
Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is supporting Dr Cross to create cancer-fighting immune cells that can be made from a brain cancer patient’s own blood. This new technology has recently been approved in the US for blood cancer and Dr Cross aims to apply the success of this technology to pediatric brain cancer.
His research is focused on two of the deadliest types of brain cancer – diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer in children, and adult glioblastoma.
Dr Cross says, “This fellowship will enable me to test and refine this approach, developing a ‘pipeline’ that could allow personalised treatments for children and adults with brain cancer.”
Ryan is married with an 18 month old son and his wife is a pharmacist currently studying for her PhD.
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Congratulations, Ryan on your ground-breaking research in aid of humanity.