A/Prof Megan Hitchins
Our first researcher – and a breakthrough
Our inaugural program raised $103,937 training for the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2005, which continues to be one of our flagship programs.
That first group directly funded the work of early-career cancer researcher Dr Megan Hitchins. Now an Associate Professor at Stanford University in California, Megan co-led a study in 2011 that found a genetic mutation responsible for making people susceptible to colorectal, bowel and other cancers. This breakthrough may help families at risk of hereditary cancers, and potentially allow treatment to switch back on a vital anticancer gene identified through the breakthrough.