Professor Jim Denham
(OAM, MBBS, FRANZCR, Senior Staff Specialist, Conjoint Professor, Radiation Oncology)

DepartmentRadiation Oncology / Physics
Research AreasDiagnostics / Screening, Therapy and Treatment
Research TopicsProstate Cancer, Side Effects / Adverse Reactions / Poisoning
Research TypesClinical Trials, Laboratory Research, Survey / Observational Research, Dissemination / Implementation

Prof Jim Denham OAM, has been conducting cancer research in the CMN Radiation Oncology Department since 1989, focussing on clinical trials, radiation delivery and normal tissue injuries.

He was listed in the Australia Day Honours 2016, for service to medicine and medical research and has received the 2013 NSW Government Community Service Award and the 2006 HMRI Sparke-Helmore Award for Research Excellence.  

 In 1989 he established a degree course in Therapeutic Radiography, and since then co-authored over 200 publications and 5 book chapters, received more than $27m in competitive funding grants and over $7m in industry grants. He has reviewed for 9 research funding bodies and 10 high-ranking international journals.

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Getting to know you

When did you start doing research?


What research projects are you currently working on?

The TROG 0304 RADAR trial and 10 year data, Life 10 years after prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment, Identifying the timing of CRPC transition.

What research achievement are you most proud of?

Climbing three "Everests": the development of TROG, Directing the 15 year TROG 9601 and TROG 0304 RADAR RCTs

Who inspires you?

My wife Liz

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

I was Senior Staff Specialist in Radiation Oncology to The Royal Adelaide & Queen Elizabeth Hospitals, and Clinical Senior Lecturer to the University of Adelaide.

What has helped you most in your research at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

Trial Manager Allison Steigler

Who have been your main collaborators at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

Many of the Staff Specialist and Senior Physicists.

What did you do before you became a researcher?

I was a little boy.

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