Corporate Vision February 2017

66 CORPORATE VISION / February 2017 , Dr. Veronica James has worked in science for nearly half a century. As a professor, mentor and researcher, she has contributed to scientific discoveries and prepared scores of students for the field. We spoke to her about her work at the AustralianNational University to assist in the early diagnosis of cancers. The Tireless Fight Against Cancer Dr. James knew she could make a difference in the lives of others when she graduated from the University of Queensland, Brisbane with a Bachelor of Arts. She continued at the university to earn a Bachelor of Science. In 1969, Dr. James earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of New South Wales. Throughout the course of her career, she has worked in many different roles. She started out as a teacher and tutor, and moved into lecturing in the early 1970s. The end of the 1970s also marked her involvement in research, where she worked at the head of the rex vowels low angle diffraction laboratory for the University of New South Wales. Throughout the next few decades, she worked as a fellow and an associate professor. She came to the Australian National University in 2003 and retains an honorary Professorship there to this day. Some of her biggest accomplishments revolve around her involvement with breast cancer research, which she began in the 1980s. Dr. James invented changes in the diffraction pattern of hair in breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, colon cancer and Type 1 diabetes. She has several patents pending in the diffraction pattern of skin in melanoma, prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. Even now, while approaching the age of 82 and operating only on the funding her pension can provide, Dr. James and her team of unpaid assistants continue her tireless research in the battle against cancer. No stranger to battling against the odds, Dr. James told us that, as a woman working her way through the academic climate of decades past, she faced constant disadvantages. “Throughout my 30 years as a university academic at UNSW, I was treated very badly by many of my colleagues. I ignored those who treated me so and achieved my goals despite them.” Her current work makes use of synchrotrons (A type of circular particle accelerator), which she has access to through the Australian National University. Samples collected from patients by doctors are passed along to Dr. James and her team to be exposed to the synchrotrons particle beam. The data collected via this method then goes through rigorous analysis before the results are handed back to the test patients. This analysis has led to some remarkable discoveries. “My tests can diagnose cancers at a much earlier stage than any other e.g. breast cancer is diagnosed from the start at least 2 years ahead of mammography. It can also tell if total removal is achieved.” Moving forward, she is currently working with business partners to see that this research continues without her direct influence. She would like to be able to apply her testing methods to as many cancers as possible, hoping to aid in advanced diagnosis for cancer patients everywhere. We all wish Dr. James all the best with her continued research. K Company: Veronica James Consulting PTY LTD Name: Dr. Veronica Jean James, Hon Professor ANU Email: [email protected] Address: 4 Mountain Ash Cct, Robina, QLD 4226, Australia Telephone: 61755622643 1612CV43 BW160057