So many approved drugs already exist that are helping to save countless lives. Some of them might be able to save more.
Drug repurposing involves investigating new uses for approved drugs that could be used to treat other conditions in a timely, costly and hugely impactful way.
This is exactly the approach that Professor Nikola Bowden and Jill Emberson PhD Scholarship Winner, Bayley Matthews, are taking to find existing drugs that could help treat ovarian cancer.
Nikola and Bayley spoke with ABC Newcastle about their research and what inspires them in their search for better treatment for ovarian cancer patients.
"We have a group of very, very active and very passionate ovarian cancer patients who meet with us from around the country and they absolutely keep us motivated. We call them the A-Team!" - Professor Nikola Bowden