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Other Projects we're

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) 

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

$100 000 over 3 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 

$75 000 

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

$75 000 

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 

$120 000 (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 

$75 000 (to date) 

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

Yoga Matters Grants

RCD Foundation 

$5 000 

Providing patients (referred via various rehabilitation centres) with yoga therapy at home to help the heart sing and the mind heal.

Industry Collaboration & Awareness Activities

$80 000 

Sponsoring 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.


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.