Dr Eliza Whiteside
Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation,
Queensland University of Technology
Breast cancer will be diagnosed in one in eight Australian women before the age of 85 years and more than 100 Australian men will also develop breast cancer every year. With improved treatments and detections, most will now survive, however, many will suffer with debilitating side effects from their treatments which can influence their long-term survival. Dr Whiteside’s research is concerned with understanding the physiological and genetic causes of these side effects so that we can improve the quality of life and potential long-term survival of countless Australian women and men.
National Breast Cancer Foundation Ambassador Speaker, Eliza speaks as a breast cancer survivor and breast cancer researcher to the media, corporate and community groups about the importance and outcomes of funding breast cancer research in Australia. As a CSIRO Scientist in School (SiS) scientist, she has partnered with a primary school in North Brisbane, organising and conducting ‘Science Experiment Days’ and ‘Engagement Days’ for my partner SiS school, Kenmore State High School, Queensland Academy SMT and in my own children’s schools. Eliza has also conducted a virtual laboratory workshop that was streamed live to 36 science teachers across Queensland.