Richard Kefford


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1980 …2022
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Professor Richard Kefford AM MB BS PhD FRACP is Professor of Cancer Medicine and former Head of Department, Department of Clinical Medicine at Macquarie University, Sydney and Co-Director of Research at Melanoma Institute Australia. He is an internationally acclaimed melanoma researcher and a national leader in academic medicine and medical research with a life-long record of commitment and service to Australian medical research, peer review, professional training and mentoring and community education in oncology. He contributed to the mapping and characterisation of the major melanoma susceptibility genes and the development of international guidelines on genetic testing of those at high melanoma risk. He played a pivotal role in the development of life-extending drug treatments now used as standard-of-care for melanoma, including the first-time in human trial of dabrafenib, the pioneering use of dabrafenib and trametinib for patients with brain metastases, and the Phase 1 clinical trial of pembrolizumab.

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Projects 2014 2022

Centre for Research Excellence in Implementation Science in Oncology (CRE-ISO)

Braithwaite, J., Ward, R., Currow, D., Delaney, G., Kefford, R., Olver, I., Karnon, J., Crowe, P., Liauw, W., Westbrook, J., Meiser, B., Tieman, J., Verspoor, K., Ellis, L., Krishnasamy, M., Ayliff, N., Hawkins, N., Hibbert, P., Farnsworth, R. & Clay-Williams, R.


Project: Other

Acquired resistance to PD1 inhibition in melanoma

Rizos, H., Carlino, M., Kefford, R., Zhang, X. D., Menzies, A. M., Long, G., McGuire, H., Yang, J., Scolyer, R. & De St Groth, B. F.

1/01/17 → …

Project: Research

Determinants of response to immune checkpoint inhibitors in melanoma

Rizos, H., Long, G., Menzies, A. M., Yang, J., Carlino, M., Kefford, R., Scolyer, R., MQRES, M., MQRES 3 (International), M. 3. & De St Groth, B. F.

1/01/17 → …

Project: Research

Molecular determinants of risk, progression and treatment response in melanoma

Kefford, R., Thompson, J., Hersey, P., Mann, G., Scolyer, R., Hayward, N. & Long, G.

1/01/16 → …

Project: Research

Research Outputs 1980 2020

Long-term outcomes in patients with BRAF V600-mutant metastatic melanoma receiving dabrafenib monotherapy: analysis from phase 2 and 3 clinical trials

Hauschild, A., Ascierto, P. A., Schadendorf, D., Grob, J. J., Ribas, A., Kiecker, F., Dutriaux, C., Demidov, L. V., Lebbé, C., Rutkowski, P., Blank, C. U., Gutzmer, R., Millward, M., Kefford, R., Haas, T., D'Amelio, A., Gasal, E., Mookerjee, B. & Chapman, P. B., 1 Jan 2020, In : European Journal of Cancer. 125, p. 114-120 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Phase III Clinical Trials
Disease-Free Survival

Analysis of the whole-exome sequencing of tumor and circulating tumor DNA in metastatic melanoma

Diefenbach, R. J., Lee, J. H., Strbenac, D., Yang, J. Y. H., Menzies, A. M., Carlino, M. S., Long, G. V., Spillane, A. J., Stretch, J. R., Saw, R. P. M., Thompson, J. F., Ch'ng, S., Scolyer, R. A., Kefford, R. F. & Rizos, H., 29 Nov 2019, In : Cancers. 11, 12, p. 1-14 14 p., 1905.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Associations of pigmentary and naevus phenotype with melanoma risk in two populations with comparable ancestry but contrasting levels of ambient sun exposure

Cust, A. E., Drummond, M., Bishop, D. T., Azizi, L., Schmid, H., Jenkins, M. A., Hopper, J. L., Armstrong, B. K., Aitken, J. F., Kefford, R. F., Giles, G. G., Demenais, F., Goldstein, A. M., Barrett, J. H., Kanetsky, P. A., Elder, D. E., Mann, G. J. & Newton-Bishop, J. A., Oct 2019, In : Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. 33, 10, p. 1874-1885 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Solar System

bcGST: an interactive bias-correction method to identify over-represented gene-sets in boutique arrays

Wang, K. Y. X., Menzies, A. M., Silva, I. P., Wilmott, J. S., Yan, Y., Wongchenko, M., Kefford, R. F., Scolyer, R. A., Long, G. V., Tarr, G., Mueller, S. & Yang, J. Y. H., 15 Apr 2019, In : Bioinformatics. 35, 8, p. 1350-1357 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Bias Correction
Test Set

Circulating cytokines predict immune-related toxicity in melanoma patients receiving anti-PD-1 based immunotherapy

Lim, S. Y., Lee, J. H., Nur Gide, T., Menzies, A. M., Guminski, A., Carlino, M. S., Breen, E., Yang, J. Y. H., Ghazanfar, S., Kefford, R. F., Scolyer, R. A., Long, G. V. & Rizos, H., Mar 2019, In : Clinical Cancer Research. 25, 5, p. 1557-1563 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Confidence Intervals