Dr James Lynam
(BSc (hons), MBBS, MRCP (London), FRACP, Staff Specialist, Medical Oncology.)

DepartmentMedical Oncology
Research AreasGenetics, Therapy and Treatment, Education
Research TopicsProstate Cancer, Oncology
Research TypesClinical Trials, Laboratory Research, Survey / Observational Research

Dr James Lynam joined the Department of Medical Oncology at Calvary Mater Newcastle in February 2014.  Prior to this he was based at the Austin Hospital as a Clinical Research Fellow specialising in Genitourinary and Neurological malignancies.  During this time he was also based at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research conducting a Doctorate of Medicine (research) through Monash University.  His MD focused on the interaction between localised prostate cancer and the immune system.  He has an ongoing interest in the interaction of the immune system and cancers, and is also active in Medical Education.

When did you start doing research?

My first exposure to lab based research was helping sequence a gene as part of a high school project in 1996.

What research projects are you currently working on?

I am in the process of completing my Doctorate of Medicine (Research) investigating the relationship between localised prostate cancer and the immune system, specifically looking a mechanisms of immune escape.

What research achievement are you most proud of?

Finishing my MD (when it happens!!)

What inspires you?

The fact that in cancer research every “discovery” raises more questions.

What did you do before coming to work at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

I was a Clinical Research Fellow at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne splitting my time between running large phase II and phase III trials at the centre and laboratory research.

What did you do before you became a researcher?

High school student.

What made you decide to do research?

I was “inspired” to do research when I came across a picture in my high school science book of a transgenic tobacco plant hybridized with the firefly luciferase gene (i.e. a glow in the dark plant!!).  I thought (and still do) that it was the coolest photo I had ever seen.  See Ow DH et al, Science 234, 856 (1986).


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