Funding Pioneering Research


About ANZGOG's Fund for New Research

The Fund for New Research program promotes the development of investigator-led studies from initial concept to full study. It is a critical pathway that enables the brightest gynaecological cancer researchers to progress their research ideas to contribute to current clinical trials, or even lead to a future clinical trial itself.

To progress new innovative research, WomenCan relies on public donations, bequest donations and philanthropic grants to support ANZGOG’s Fund For New Research program.

With this support, we have been able to support 14 innovative new studies since 2015. Without the Fund for New Research program, funding sources are limited for these kinds of studies.

The Rochelle Fisher Grant

Rochelle Fisher wanted to take direct action to assist other women diagnosed with a rare uterine cancer by raising funds to support a Fund for New Research Grant into a pre-clinical or pilot study that could break new ground in finding solutions.

Rochelle conducted fundraisers and sent out a link from her Go Fund Me page to supportive family and friends as well as hosting an information night with ANZGOG Co-Founder, Prof Michael Friedlander AM, speaking about research.

Rochelle raised $33,500 for a leiomyosarcoma research project, which is currently underway.

"ANZGOG’s Fund for New Research Grants program, supported by public donations, is ideally suited to foster innovative new pre-clinical and pilot clinical trials in gynaecological cancers. This project is an excellent example of donor and researcher collaboration."

Professor Clare Scott, ANZGOG Director & Medical Oncologist

A Memorial Gift

Judith Meschke was a well-respected NIDA fashion design graduate, a costumier for Opera Australia and many other Australian productions including Moulin Rouge. Later in her career, Judith return to NIDA as a guest lecturer, passing on her expertise and skill to eager students.

Judith was 51 years old when she succumbed to ovarian cancer, specifically a rare clear cell ovarian carcinoma.

It was Judith’s wish to contribute directly to ovarian cancer research. Judith discussed her wish with her Medical Oncologist Professor Michael Friedlander AM. He spoke to Judith about the importance of supporting ANZGOG’s gynaecological cancer research program.

With great generosity, Judith left a $50,000 gift in her Will to ANZGOG. ANZGOG is grateful that Judith Meschke understood the importance her gift would make.

Judith Meschke

17.08.1966 – 21.04.2018

Would you like to know more?

If you would like to know more about how to donate towards a Fund For New Research grant, or how to leave A Gift in Will to benefit ANZGOG’s research, please contact WomenCan’s Head of Fundraising and Development, Karen Livingstone AM via our toll-free line 1300 786 300 to discuss.

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