Research Institute: Queensland Institute of Medical Research
Amount granted: $1.35 million
Year granted: 2002
• Establishment of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation Cellular Imaging Centre for Cancer Research. • Inroads into the localisation of DNA, proteins within cancer cells and how they contribute to cancer progression. • Monumental impact on the ability to isolate and image cells involved in cancer research. • Development of tumour treatments by boosting the body’s natural defence mechanisms or utilising cancer-killing cells already present. • Successful mapping of tumour suppressor genes in colorectal cancer. • Analysing the distribution of cancer cells within body tissues. • Identifying specific cancer gene characteristics that cause cancer susceptibility or development.
What your donations have achieved
Cervical cancer vaccine
We gave initial seed funding to Professor Ian Frazer’s research into the cervical cancer (HPV). Over 150 million doses of vaccine have been delivered worldwide to date.
The pill that melts away cancer
Our long term support of cancer research at WEHI has led to a treatment that melts away certain advanced forms of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. It has been approved for clinical use in the US, European Union and Australia and is being trialled for other types of cancer.
Personalised cancer diagnosis
In 2015, we awarded $10 million seed funding to an ambitious cancer proteome project that aims to provide each cancer patient a personalised treatment plan within 36 hours. This will improve treatment outcomes and help avoid unnecessary treatments.
Zero childhood cancer
We are one of the founding partners of the initiative that will tackle the most serious cases of infant, childhood and adolescent cancer in Australia. It is a key step towards the program vision of one day helping to cure 100% of children with cancer.