Professor to cop a cut for cancer

3 Mar 2016

UQ’s Professor Maher Gandhi is used to giving up time and energy for blood cancer, but this year he plans to take it to a whole new level.

Professor Gandhi, the Leukaemia Foundation Chair in Blood Cancer Research at UQ’s Diamantina Institute, has devoted his efforts to working to beat blood cancer for more than 20 years.

Now he is stepping out of the lab and into the salon chair to shave his head for the World’s Greatest Shave.

“As a haematologist and scientific researcher, I work hard every day in the hope that my research will bring improved diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention for those with blood cancers,” Professor Gandhi said.

“To show my commitment to beating blood cancers – and to saving money on shampoo – I will shave my hair on Friday 11 March at an event surrounded by colleagues and patients who are sure to poke fun at my new look for weeks to come.

“I need help to motivate me to make the ultimate hairy sacrifice and become No Hair Maher. 

“By helping me reach my ambitious goal of $10,000, people will contribute to free support for patients and their families and funding for life-saving research like mine to help more people survive blood cancer diagnoses.”

Professor Gandhi’s work includes developing a new diagnostic test for lymphoma and coordinating a world-leading program in near-patient research of blood cancers.

You can help Professor Gandhi reach his fundraising goal by sponsoring him on the World’s Greatest Shave website.

Media: Kate Templeman, UQ Diamantina Institute communications, 07 3443 6966, 0409 916 801,