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Robert Connor Dawes CERN Fellowship

Collaborative Ependymoma Research Network (CERN)
$120 000 over 2 years

In partnership with our US charity RCD USA, we’re funding a fellowship for the best and brightest researcher investigating Ependymoma. In November 2017, Dr. Claire King, Research Associate at the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Cambridge Institute was selected by CERN as the fellowship recipient.

More about Dr. King's work

Robert Connor Dawes Research Program

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) 

$500 000 over 5 years

Headed up by Dr. Misty Jenkins the program will investigate how immunotherapy – treatments that harness the body’s own immune system to fight their cancer - can be tailored to treat paediatric brain cancer.

Robert Connor Dawes PhD Research Scholarship

Monash Institute – Brain Cancer Discovery Collaborative (BCDC) 

$100 000 over 4 years 

Increasing the number of young research talent taking an interest and entering the field of brain cancer means that more brains are on the job of finding new treatments.

Zero Childhood Cancer Program

Children’s Cancer Institute Australia

$125 000 over 5 years 

Personalised medicine is literally the cutting edge of cancer treatment. Through new discoveries about how DNA and cancer are linked, individually targeted therapies can be investigated for each child.

Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia

COGNO / RCD Foundation 

$100 000 

Providing researchers with access to the quantity and quality of tissue and data they need to accelerate brain cancer research.

Royal Children’s Hospital - CIKA

$100 000 

Assisting RCH’s brain cancer tissue bank. This donation is in memory of Pippa Rea with generous support from her family and friends.

Radiology Videographer /  Patient Care Equipment

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre 

$40 000 

As part of care support, we’re increasing the radiology resources at Peter Mac to expand the patient video program. Providing computer equipment for the patient video program..

Music Matters Grants

RCD Foundation 

$200 000 (to date) 

Providing patients throughout Australia (referred via various children’s hospital referral programs) with accredited music therapy at home to help the heart sing and the mind heal.

Travel Grants

RCD Foundation 

$100 000 (to date) 

Giving young researchers an opportunity to attend and present at important national and international industry conferences.

Zoe stanley Early Phase Clinical Trial Coordinator

Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) 

$120 000 over 2 years

The appointment of a dedicated Brain tumour Clinical Trials Coordinator will help allow clinicians to open studies offering new and exciting therapies to the children of Victoria with brain cancer.


Telethon Kids Institute / RCD Foundation / Ethan Davies Fellowship

$50 000

The Ion Channel Drugs for the Treatment of Aggressive Childhood Brain Tumours project, led by Professor Terry Johns, grew out of the Institute’s innovative Blue Sky program – a scheme aimed at encouraging high-risk high-reward research. The project will test a radical new approach to treating ependymomas and DIPG by using ion channel drugs to reduce the tumour’s adaptability and increase the efficacy of targeted therapies.

Industry Collaboration & Awareness Activities

$100 000 

Sponsoring national and global conferences and seminars that gather the industry’s best minds and put the spotlight on brain tumour projects. This enables collaboration and begins forming a platform for the industry to form a plan for paediatric brain cancer.

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Connor’s Run is the brainchild of the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation. It supports the foundation’s brain matters projects with the goal of changing the odds for young people facing brain cancer, the #1 cancer killer of young Australians.