Who is The One?

TheOne, ACRF, Fighting CancerNext week on February 4, people around the world will be getting involved in World Cancer Day, joining forces to show that cancer, its treatments and its cures are not beyond us.

A cancer free future is within our reach and we as a global community have the power to achieve this.

Fittingly, World Cancer Day’s 2015 tagline also ties in with some extremely exciting events happening at the ACRF. Next week is set to be a very momentous one.

Over many months, an incredible team of people – digital agencies, media outlets, Australian cancer researchers, and more – have been busily supporting the ACRF to produce a truly inspiring and original campaign.

It’s a campaign we hope will create a new movement towards increased support for cancer research.

While we can’t say too much to spoil the surprise, our campaign uses the latest in digital and social technology to give you – our supporters – a unique interactive experience.

We want to show you just how important you are in this fight against cancer.

The new campaign will feature alongside a series of websites that the ACRF has been developing in collaboration with Australian scientists, research centres, other not-for-profits, and like-minded organisations.

This community-based initiative is the next step towards putting an end to cancer. Its focus is to generate more awareness and funding for cancer research and we are so excited to get our supporters involved.

We look forward to staying in touch with you on new developments and for those on social, be sure to follow #WhoIsTheOne . Thank you for your ongoing and loyal support for cancer research.

Campaign supporters (what an amazing list of super generous organisations!):

ARI Registry Services
Australian Radio Network
Bang PR
Children’s Medical Research Institute
Commercial Radio Australia
Fairfax Media
Fairfax Radio
Hoyts Cinema
JC Decaux
King & Wood Mallesons
M&C Saatchi
Nine Network
Ooh! Media
Seven Network
Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)
Sticky Digital

$8.4 Million in funding for some of the best cancer research innovations in Australia!

The Australian Cancer Research Foundation has acknowledged the promising future of cancer research in Australia, announcing $8.4million in grants to progress the work of four of the country’s most innovative research initiatives.

In an exciting first, the $8.4m will be shared between research teams from four separate Australian states. The funding will provide each research team with state-of-the-art technologies and facilities, the scope of which have the potential to make significant discoveries in the understanding and management of cancer.

CEO of the ACRF, David Brettell says “Never before have we so many such world-class proposals for cancer research, with applications for our grants this year totalling almost $50 million.”

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Millions in funding unveiled for Australia’s best cancer research innovations

The Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) has announced the recipients of their annual Cancer Research Grants, collectively awarding $8.4m towards the newest innovations in Australian cancer research.

In its quest to beat cancer, the ACRF has awarded almost $95m to Australian cancer research institutes, making it the largest private funding body for cancer research in Australia.

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Top Australian researchers bid for ACRF grants

Millions of dollars in ACRF funding will soon be awarded to Australia’s top cancer research teams, with this week heralding our final stage of assessments.

Today and tomorrow, lead researchers from five shortlisted institutes will meet with the ACRF’s esteemed Advisory Committee (which is chaired by Professor Ian Frazer AC) for the final interviews which will ultimately determine the successful research teams.

Shortlisted applicants include two institutes from Sydney: the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia, and the Children’s Medical Research Institute, as well as the QIMR Berghofer Cancer Research Institute in Brisbane, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute in Adelaide, and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Melbourne.

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Millions in private funding for top cancer research projects in Australia

Five of the best cancer research projects in the world stand to receive millions of dollars in funding,  following the Australian Cancer Research Foundation’s announcement today of its  shortlist for 2013 research grants.

From twelve research proposals, the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) has shortlisted five for further assessment as a result of the world-class standard of proposed works, and the significant potential for this research to achieve major breakthroughs in cancer diagnosis, treatment and cure.

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Our shortlist of the most innovative cancer research projects in Australia

The ACRF is very excited with the quality of the five shortlisted applications for our grants in 2013. Some of the very best researchers in the world feature in these applications.

These final five applications represent a need for more than $20 million in advanced technologies and facilities. They cover many types of cancer, not just one or two.

Our highly esteemed Medical Research Advisory Committee selected these particular projects for further review on two grounds – the world-class standard of the proposed research, and the potential to achieve major breakthroughs in cancer diagnosis, treatment and cure.

That committee, led by Professor Ian Frazer, will now, through a detailed interview process,  recommend to our Board the best of the best for ACRF funding. The final awardees will be publicly announced on 13 November this year.

Every dollar we receive in donations this year will go to research that has the power to beat cancer. Please peruse the below, to find out where ACRF donations could be making a difference very soon.

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ACRF $8 million, a catalyst for three new cancer research facilities!

ACRF funding research - Flinders Centre for Innovation in CancerThe coming week heralds the opening of three cutting-edge new cancer research facilities: one a national first; another, a world-class prevention unit; and the last, a specialist centre in bioinformatics.

These centres represent almost $8 million in ACRF funding – our donors should be so proud of this incredible outcome of their most generous support.

The potential for ground breaking discoveries within these laboratories is astounding and exciting.

Please find details about each cancer research program below.

The world-first ACRF Centre for Kinomics at the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI), Westmead NSW

To be officially opened Thursday September 27, 2012

Kinomics, a combination study of genomics (genes) and proteomics (proteins) is a new discipline in the field of cancer research. Until now, there has been no concentrated effort that focuses on understanding “kinases” – a class of proteins within our cells which play a major role in cell regulation. Most importantly, when the function of kinases is stopped or blocked, they have been implicated in human cancers. Continue reading “ACRF $8 million, a catalyst for three new cancer research facilities!”

$8.6 million from ACRF kick-starts leading Australian cancer research projects

Three world-class Australian cancer research projects, for which ACRF grants have previously been awarded, are underway following the start of our payments this week.

The total $8.6 million in funds will ensure Australian scientists are able to work in world-class conditions with the very best equipment, working to speed up the breakthroughs in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

1. $3.1 million to The ACRF Chemical Proteomics Centre for Kinomics, at the Children’s Medical Research Institute at Westmead in Sydney. Kinomics is a new discipline in Australia comprising a very simple, yet rapid, large scale, high-throughput screening process to study the entire kinome – that is, all of the protein kinases which are expressed in a cell at a given point in time. Continue reading “$8.6 million from ACRF kick-starts leading Australian cancer research projects”

2009 Grant Recipients Announced

The winners of the ACRF latest research grants are:

Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) & University of Newcastle NSW: $3.1 million

To build and equip two dedicated laboratories for the world’s first Chemical Proteomics Centre for Kinomics. This is a new discipline, merging genomics (genes) and proteomics (proteins) implicated in certain human cancers and is a priority area for new drug targets.

The Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB), South Australian Pathology and the University of Adelaide: $3.5 million

For equipment to establish a new Cancer Genomics Facility, enabling researchers to obtain insights into genetic modifications that underpin development of new tools for better diagnostics, disease prognosis, drug response, and resistance to chemotherapy.

Spreading the load of cancer research

The influence and support of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) is set to spread further with the news that three of the four major cancer research centres in the running for support this year have made the cut for the first time.

All of the centres involved are on the list of qualifiers for ACRF’S multi-million dollar annual funding program which supports projects which will have a global impact on cancer research.

The three new finalists are The Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) with University of Newcastle NSW, The Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Sydney and the Centre For Cancer Biology South Australian Pathology and the University of Adelaide.

A fourth organisation, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Melbourne (WEHI), which in the past has received more than $6 million in two successful grant applications in both 2002 and 2006, is also up for consideration.

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