Research Institute: Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Amount granted: $1 million
Year granted: 2004
The Children’s Cancer Centre at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne undertook a major capital works program that will ultimately consolidate, expand and integrate laboratory, public health and clinical cancer research together with patient cancer treatment facilities.
The overall capital works program for the entire new Children’s Cancer Centre consisted of a $20 million project that will build this new comprehensive cancer centre for children. The grant from the Australian Cancer Research Foundation enabled the fit-out of the new Children’s Cancer Centre Research Laboratories within this project.
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.