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Xavier Krikori Sarcoma Research Grant Summary

Every year, The Australian and New Zealand Sarcoma Association (ANZSA) funds Australian researchers through its Sarcoma Research Grant Program with the aim to improve early diagnosis, treatment options, outcomes and quality of life for sarcoma patients.

Since the formalisation of the ANZSA Sarcoma Research Grant Program in 2011, the organisation has awarded more than 30 local researchers with grants worth over $1.2 million. 


The ANZSA Sarcoma Research Grant Program is funded by generous sarcoma charitable foundations like Kicking Goals for Xav, that were established by friends and families, in memory of their loved ones.

In October 2010, the Australian and New Zealand Sarcoma Association (ANZSA), established the Xavier Krikori Sarcoma Research Grant. Since then, the Foundation has funded the following research projects:


Damian Myers

St Vincents Melbourne


​Suppression of osteosarcoma tumour invasion and metastasis: Monitoring therapeutic outcomes using advanced imaging techniques


Toby Trahair

Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children's Hospital 


​New therapies for ALK-rearranged inflammatory myofibroblastic tumour (IMT) and epithelioid inflammatory myofibroblastic sarcoma (eIMS)


Rachael Terry  

Children's Cancer Institute 


New immunotherapy strategies for paediatric rhaddomyosarcomas 


Kathleen Pishas

University of Adelaide Hanson Institute


​Exploiting a novel therapeutic target in Ewing sarcoma


Dr Federica Saletta

The Children's Hospital at Westmead


Development of liquid biopsy assays to test minimal residual disease in Ewing’s sarcoma and alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma patients



Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre


Harnessing CRISPR-Cas 13 to ablate 'undruggable' sarcoma drive


Timothy Chittleborough



Profiling desmoid tumours in FAP patients and exploring new strategies to prevent and treat desmoid tumours using a novel mouse model


Evan Ingley

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research


Exploiting a novel therapeutic target in Ewing Sarcoma

The Kicking Goals for Xav Foundation has been a long time supporter of sarcoma research through their generous donations to the Australia and New Zealand Sarcoma Association, the peak body for sarcoma research in Australia and New Zealand.  The KGX Foundation has chosen to donate their funds to sarcoma research by supporting specific, targeted annual sarcoma research grants.  The ANZSA Sarcoma Research Grant scheme ensures that only high quality research projects are awarded the grants, via the rigorous peer review grant process.  The KGX Foundation has funded important and impactful research projects across a range of research priorities and sarcoma tumour types. The support of the KGX Foundation has been critical to being able to deliver these research results and contributes to our joint missions of improving outcomes for sarcoma patients and their families.

Dr. Denise Caruso
Executive Officer

Australia and New Zealand Sarcoma Association


The ANZSA (established in 2008) is heavily reliant on community support to continue their research and work towards reducing the personal and community impact of sarcoma.

For more information about Australia and New Zealand Sarcoma Association (ANZSA)

visit their website via link below

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