Practical cancer research boosted by $19m funding windfall

Published 3rd June, 2014 in Health

3 new translational cancer research centres will be built in NSW over the next 5 years, part of a $19.3 million investment by the NSW Government.

Scientist using microscope
Scientist using microscope

Translational cancer research converts scientific research into practical treatment methods, creating new tools and applications for improving patient care.

The three new research hubs will join four already operating in NSW through the Cancer Institute NSW Translational Cancer Research Program. The centres will bring together researchers with clinicians from Local Health Districts to collaborate on cancer programs.

The 3 new translational cancer research centres will be:

  • Hunter Cancer Research Alliance ($6.5 million): a collaboration between the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Local Health District and Hunter Medical Research Institute. 
  • Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation ($6.5 million): a collaboration between South Western Sydney Local Health District, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and ACT Health.
  • Northern Translational Cancer Research Centre ($6.3 million): researchers from the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital, Mater Hospital, Macquarie University and Sydney University will work closely together to bring new cancer investigations and treatments into routine practice.

Health Minister and Medical Research Minister Jillian Skinner described the $19.3 million funding as an investment in outcomes for people diagnosed with cancer.

“NSW’s translational cancer research program facilitates cutting-edge discoveries that will see the rapid translation of research into real outcomes for people with cancer.”

Published 3rd June, 2014 in Health