Spotlight on Breast Cancer and how the mother's day classic is helping to fund vital research

Hear Viv Interrigi speak about her experience of breast cancer and Dr Suzanne Cutts share developments in breast cancer treatment.

We all know we should keep an eye out for our health, but sometimes we don't make it a priority and in the current environment it’s even more of a challenge. However, it’s more important than ever that we don’t put off our regular health checks.  WIS VIC know that many of our members will face the challenges of they, or someone they know, being diagnosed with  breast cancer and the subsequent treatment. We have a long and proud history of supporting breast cancer research through the Mother's Day Classic.

WIS VIC is delighted to present two remarkable speakers, Dr Suzanne Cutts, Biochemist and researcher, and Viv Interrigi, family therapist, breast cancer survivor and mother of two. You'll get to hear about the groundbreaking research being undertaken in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer, funded by monies raised by the Mother’s Day Classic and hear Viv share her personal experience of breast cancer.


Dr Suzanne Cutts completed her Bachelor of Science and PhD at La Trobe University followed by post-doctoral studies at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She is currently a Group Leader at La Trobe Institute of Molecular Sciences and Senior Lecturer in the department of Biochemistry and Genetics at La Trobe University.

Her funded NBCF grant is focused on improving the effectiveness of a chemotherapeutic drug, currently used in the clinic for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer by combining it with another drug. This research has the potential to improve the effectiveness of this combination of chemotherapy such that a lower dose could achieve the same response. Additionally, the combination therapy would protect heart cells, which would otherwise be damaged by the chemotherapy. The result would be improved quality of life during treatment, and much lower risk of heart complications.


Vivienne was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. As the mother two children and a family therapist, Vivienne says having breast cancer is like going to hell and back. Having survived the worst year of her life, Viv truly understands how significant it is to participate in raising awareness and funds for cancer research to combat the most common cancer diagnosis for Australian women today.

Please note this event is open to all (members, non-members, women and men from all states)
Member ticket is $15, if you have a WIS membership login below to purchase at the member rate

Zoom details will be sent to all attendees prior to the event


Thursday 6 August 2020


12.30pm - 1.45pm AEST


Zoom Conferencing


Online speaker presentations with Q+A


See below for ticket prices and to book 

Dr Suzanne Cutts, La Trobe Institute of Molecular Sciences

Vivienne Interrigi, NBCF Ambassador

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