TIMELINEOur philanthropy

Milestones of our contributions
to Asthma and Cancer research
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Our contributions to research so far

The Picchi Brothers Foundation was founded in 1993, up until 2001 funds and activities were consolidated to form the basis of The Picchi Brothers Foundation’s philanthropic activities. We began our distributions to cancer and asthma research in 2002 with the distribution of $90,000 to the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

The Picchi Prize

The Picchi Brothers Foundation awards each year its Prize for students, Researchers, practitioners and the like who show exemplary inroads into both Cancer and Asthma research. The Picchi Brothers VCCC Award for Excellence in Cancer Research was established to give those who follow the criteria in research, clinical studies and public health a hand-up to help them further with their research including marketing of the ideas along with meetings with peers, be it seminars, forums and international visitations. The prize is determined by Professors from participating research facilities who have a close eye on the developing areas.

Decade 2000-2010

2002

Our first distribution

$90,000

Recipient: Dr Grant Morahan

Genetics and Bioinformation Division Research Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

 

2003

Project Health 2000

$90,000

Recipient: Professor Graham Giles

2004

“A Helping Hand“ DVD project

Creation of content, filming, production and distribution

 of DVDs

$
310,000


Recipient/Project Partner: Cancer Council of Victoria

Scripting and sign-off was attended to by Dr Richard Fox.

The DVD covered many angles of patient/carer experiences at the time of diagnosis, treatments and recoveries with in-depth conversations and interviews with doctors, patients and carers.

2005

Drop-in-centre

Making patients more comfortable

$
20,000


Recipient: Cancer Council of Victoria

Sponsoring: Ms. Doreen Akkeran AM

Drop-in-centre at the Cancer Council.

For the purchase of furniture to make patients more comfortable while in attendance to the various sessions at the CCofV.

2006

Assistance for Hardware

Creation of a database

$
3,000


Recipient: Ms Cynthia Pollak

Hemangioendothelioma, Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma and related Vascular Disorders Support Group

A small distribution to assist in hardware to collect and collate a database of rare cancer patients for helping dialogue between experiences.

2007

Inroads into Asthma relief

Asthma’s first contribution

$90,000


Recipient: Dr Andrew Gillman

Sponsor: Associate Professor Jo Douglass – The Alfred Hospital

2007

Infrastructure

Oncology

$187,000


Recipient: Dr Stephen Turner

Sponsor: Professor James McCluskey

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences, the University of Melbourne:
To assist in the purchase of a Fluorescent Activated Cell Sorter (FACSAria)

2010

Rare and Uncommon Cancers

Asthma

$80,000

over two years

Rare and Uncommon Cancers Fellowship

Recipient: Dr Susie Bae
Medical Oncology Research Fellow,Royal Melbourne Hospital – Cart-wheel 

Decade 2010-2020

2002

Cancer Research Scholarship

Dr. Aung Ko Win

$115,000

over three years

Recipient: Dr Aung Ko Win

Medical Postgraduate Cancer Research Scholarship, Cancer Council of Victoria

2012

The first Picchi Prize

Dr. Aung Ko Win

$10,000

Recipient: Dr. Aung Ko Win

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

 

2012

Foundation prizes and Travel Grants

$2,000

Various recipients

 

2013

The Picchi Prize 2013 – Cancer

Dr. Matthew Hong

$10,000

Recipient: Dr. Matthew Hong

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

2014

The Picchi Prize 2014 – Cancer

Julia Marchingo – PhD. Student

$10,000

Recipient: Julija Marchingo – PhD.

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

2014

The Picchi Prize 2014 – Cancer

Dr. Chun Yew Fong

$10,000

Recipient: Dr. Chun Yew Fong

Clinician Researcher

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

2015

Cancer Council Victoria Venture Grants

$150,000

over three years

Recipient: Professor Andreas Strasser, Dr Marco Herold and Team

“Novel method to find genes that control cancer development”

2015

The Picchi Prize 2015 – Cancer

David Shi Hao Liu

$10,000

Recipient: David Shi Hao Liu

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

2016

The Picchi Prize 2016 – Cancer

Dr. Daniel Cameron

$10,000

Recipient: Dr. Daniel Cameron

Walter & Eliza Hall Institute Dept of Medical Biology

Thesis Title: Accurate identification of
somatic rearrangements in tumour genome sequencing data

2016

The Picchi Prize 2016 – Cancer

Dr. David Shi Hao

$10,000

Recipient:
Dr. David Shi Hao
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Department of Oncology

Thesis Title: Investigating Targeted molecular therapies in preclinical models of oesophageal cancer

2016

Cancer Council Venture Grants Scheme

$150,000

Recipient:
Dr.  
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Department of Oncology

Thesis Title: Investigating Targeted molecular therapies in preclinical models of oesophageal cancer

2017

Cancer Council Victoria Venture Grants Round 2

$33,000

Recipient: Cancer Council Victoria

2017

The Picchi Prize 2017 – Cancer

Dr. Rebecca Delconte

$10,000

Recipient: Dr. Rebecca Delconte
Basic Science:
Walter & Eliza Hall Institute Dept of Medical Biology

Thesis Title: Targeting Regulators of Natural Killer Cell Homeostasis in Cancer lmmunotherapy

2017

The Picchi Prize 2017 – Cancer

Dr. Katherine Field

$10,000

Recipient:
Dr Kathryn Field
Peter Maccallum Cancer Centre
University of Melbourne Department of Medicine Thesis Title:
Towards further understanding of prognosis and outcomes for patients with high grade gliomas.

2017

The Picchi Prize 2017 – Cancer

Dr. Tuong Linh Nguyen

$10,000

Recipient: Dr Tuong Linh (Kevin) Nguyen

Research Fellow, University of Melbourne Melbourne School of Population Health

Thesis Title:
Breast Cancer Associations with Mammographic Density Defined By Higher Pixel Brightness Thresholds.

2018

The Picchi Prize 2018 – Cancer Clinical

Dr. Simone Park

$10,000

Recipient: Dr. Simone Park
Basic Science:
University of Melbourne Doherty Institute

Thesis Title:
The role of tissue-resident memory T cells in melanoma immune surveillance

2018

The Picchi Prize 2018 – Cancer Research

Dr Jonathan Hiller

$10,000

Recipient: Dr Jonathan Hiller
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Clinical Science

Thesis Title:
Exploring perioperative adjunctive therapies that can be utilized during cancer surgery to improve cancer outcomes.

2018

The Picchi Prize 2018 – Cancer Public Health

Dr. Shuai Li

$10,000

Recipient: Dr. Shuai Li

University of Melbourne Population Health

Thesis Title:
DNA methylation and breast cancer risk factors: Insights from twin and family studies.

2019

The Picchi Prize 2019 – Cancer

Dr. Amanda Oliver

$10,000

Recipient: Dr. Amanda Oliver
Basic Science
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Thesis Title:
Tissue-specific tumour microenvironments and their impact on immunotherapy responses.

2019

The Picchi Prize 2019 – Cancer

Dr. Edward Chew

$10,000

Recipient: Dr. Edward Chew

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Dept of Medical Biology

Thesis Title:
Identification of novel genetic drivers in the development of acute myeloid leukemia.

2019

The Picchi Prize 2019 – Cancer

Sibel Saya

$10,000

Recipient: Sibel Saya

University of Melbourne Department of General Practice

Thesis Title:
The acceptability, feasibility and clinical utility of a genomic profile to target screening for colorectal cancer