The Cancer Society is committed to raising funds for cancer research across the spectrum from biomedical to behavioural science. We are fortunate to have many researchers working on different aspects of cancer within the University of Otago. Two leading examples that are supported by the Cancer Society are:

The Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) works on trying to understand factors that influence the prevalance and impact of cancer. This assists us to deliver effective messages to help encourage and support people in reducing the risk and impact of cancer in their lives. The work the SBRU does include:

  • Tobacco control
  • Sun protection behaviour
  • Promoting healthy physical activity and nutrition
  • Schools' roles in promoting sun protection and smokefree behaviour
  • Optimizing access to, and use of support services

The Cancer Genetics Laboratory which specialises in:

  • The genetics of childhood tumours
  • Colorectal cancer 
  • Genes involved in human embryonic development
  • Inherited cancers including gastric cancer


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