Research Institute: Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland
Amount granted: $2.5 million
Year granted: 2008
The $2.5 million grant from ACRF was provided for the establishment of a world-class cancer imaging centre at The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB).
The grant enabled the ACRF Cancer Biology Imaging Facility to become the most advanced imaging research facility in the southern hemisphere. It was officially opened on 10 February 2010.
The facility has enabled researchers to gain a detailed understanding of the molecules and mechanisms associated with the transformation of a healthy cell to a cancerous cell, and the invasion of cancerous cells through the body.
The facility has also allowed researchers to rapidly decipher gene and protein function and interaction within cells.
Senior researchers: Professor Jennifer Stow, Associate Professor Alpha Yap, Associate Professor Sean Grimmond
What your donations have achieved
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The pill that melts away cancer
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