Professor Ken Takahashi is the Director of the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI), University of Sydney. After graduating from the School of Medicine, Keio University (Japan) and accomplishing clinical residency, he moved to the University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan. There he studied and worked for 31 years including 16 years as the Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health. He has … Read more
Associate Professor Glen Reid was appointed ADRI’s Senior Research Scientist in April 2009, and he established the Institute’s cell and molecular biology labs. He is also conjoint Associate Professor at The University of Sydney Medical School and Adjunct Professor at UTS. His research focuses on the identification of new markers and molecular targets for malignant mesothelioma, with a particular focus on microRNAs. This work has laid the foundations for the … Read more
Dr Steven Kao is a medical oncologist at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Camperdown. He completed his PhD at the ADRI and focused his research on predictive and prognostic factors in malignant mesothelioma. Steven has a wide clinical, translational and psycho-social research interest in thoracic cancers including malignant mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancers. He was awarded the Premier’s Award for Outstanding Cancer Research Scholar from the Cancer Institute NSW in 2012.
Dr Anthony Linton is a medical oncologist at Concord Repatriation General Hospital and the Northern Cancer Institute St Leonards, specialising primarily in thoracic malignancies including malignant pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer. Dr Linton undertakes rural outreach clinics at Dubbo Base Hospital and is a senior clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney. Anthony was the first recipient of the Biaggio Signorelli fellowship and completed his PhD at the ADRI investigating … Read more
Karin Schelch joined ADRI in April 2016 after graduating with a PhD from the Medical University of Vienna. She has worked extensively on the role of growth factors in mesothelioma, and is applying her experience to many projects at ADRI.
Dr Ruby Lin joined the ADRI in May 2014 from the Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics. She completed PhD in 2003 and has been awarded >A$2.5m in competitive funding including as CI on 3 NHMRC project grants (most recently 2013-5, McMullen & Lin), ARC LIEF and a Cancer Institute Infrastructure Grant in 2005. She has 4 seminal papers in Nature, 2010, ATVB, 2010, PNAS, 2012 and Faseb J, 2014, all received … Read more
Yuen Yee Cheng joined ADRI as a Research Fellow in March 2010. She completed her PhD at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where she starts her research in epigenetic alterations in gastric cancer. She then undertook two years of Postdoctoral training at the University of Hong Kong. Epigenetic gene regulation has been the major focus of Dr Cheng’s research efforts her research in epigenetic alterations in cancer has been … Read more
Matthew Soeberg is a postdoctoral research fellow working on Part I of the ADRI’s Cancer Institute NSW Translational Program Grant. He is employed through University of Sydney’s Cancer Epidemiology and Services Research (CESR) group and is based at the Cancer Institute of New South Wales. He will help to develop epidemiological research projects using mesothelioma cancer registry and other data. Matthew completed his PhD at the University of Otago, Wellington … Read more
Marissa Williams commenced work at ADRI in February 2012 as a research assistant, and began her PhD studies in 2015. She completed her undergraduate degree of Forensic Biology in Biomedical Science at the University of Technology Sydney and went on to undertake an honours project in paediatric oncology at the Tumour bank, Westmead Children’s Hospital. This project was based on drug resistance mechanisms of a childhood cancer to novel therapeutics. … Read more
Jason joined ADRI in February 2013, as a Research Fellow undertaking his PhD in the School of Psychology, University of Sydney. Jason completed his undergraduate and initial postgraduate education at the University of Tasmania from 1995 through to 2003. Since then he has been working as a Clinical Psychologist in Mental Health and has developed a variety of clinical, educational and governance projects during this time. Jason’s research project is … Read more
Anne Warby joined the ADRI in 2013 as a research officer working with Dr Steven Kao. She is responsible for the coordination of two research studies, one investigating chemotherapy utilisation for patients with malignant mesothelioma, and the other a quality of life study in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Anne has extensive experience in project management, clinical trial coordination and high-level administrative support.
Kan joined ADRI as a Biobank Officer in 2013 on a part-time basis to assist with the management, maintenance and development of the tissue bank.
He has completed his undergraduate degree of Medical Science at the University of Sydney and worked in a blood bank for a private company. Recently he has also completed a Master in Biomedical Engineering at the University of NSW; he is looking forward to complementing the current biobank system.
Rebecca Hyland joined the ADRI in 2012 on a part-time basis to assist with the development of the Biobank database. Rebecca has a Masters of International Public Health and has experience in the management and maintenance of clinical databases. Rebecca previously had been the Clinical Database Coordinator of the Ovarian Cancer Study at the Garvan Institute and was a Research Officer at the Dust Disease Board of NSW. Rebecca has co-authored a number of papers asbestos-related diseases.
Victoria Keena joined the ADRI in August 2008 as a Senior Consultant after many years as the General Manager of the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research. Victoria assisted with fitout and development of the ADRI since it opened in January 2009. She has had extensive hands-on experience in the administration of a medical research institute. She has been involved with a variety of funding programs and awards to support science … Read more
Ross Flemons joined the ADRI in December 2009 as part time Accountant. His previous position was as Finance Manager at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research where he worked for 14 years.
Ross is CPA qualified and has vast experience with all financial matters relating to independent medical research organisations, including reporting, budgeting, payroll, compliance and financial management.
Kim Mattock joined the ADRI in April 2010 as the Receptionist/Administrative Assistant of the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute.
Kim previously worked in varied administration roles and fields, both corporate and government.
Joining ADRI is a return to the Concord Hospital campus for Kim; in a ‘previous life’ she worked for various specialists throughout the Hospital.
Justin Crosbie joined ADRI in 2009 as the Information Systems Manager. He has completed a Science degree in Information Technology at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Justin has previous experience working an information technology consultancy firms and also works for the ANZAC Research Institute on the Concord Campus.
Jenny Weismantel joined the ADRI in 2011 as a Volunteer through the Concord Hospital Volunteers. Jenny has a Bachelor of Business in accounting and has assisted the Administration Team in many tasks including the development of the grants calendar and cataloguing of samples from the Australian Mesothelioma Surveillance Program. Jenny has also participated in the development of the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma as a … Read more
Sue joined ADRI in May, 2013 as a volunteer. Previously, Sue was an executive in primary schools and the Itinerant Vision Support service with the NSW Department of Education.
She has a Bachelor of Educational Administration and graduate and post graduate studies in Hearing and Vision and Multicultural education.
Sue has assisted the Administrative Team in various tasks including revision of references for the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Malignant … Read more