Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, Prevention and Care

  • Research Institute: Flinders University and Flinders Medical Centre

  • Amount granted: $1 million

  • Year granted: 2005

Feature outcome: construction of a multidisciplinary academic cancer centre to be called The Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, Prevention and Care (FCIC).

The building provides space for research and clinical activities. Funding provided by the Australian Cancer Research Foundation was specifically directed towards the research areas and the fitting out of the research space.

The FCIC has become a facility that is user-friendly for patients and research participants, and which unifies personnel, their activities and programs.

Specifically, in relation to research, it provides environments that facilitate clinical trials, data management, data informatics, multidisciplinary networking in meetings, and new laboratory facilities needed for emerging technologies.

At FCIC, the science focus is specifically on precancer biology – a logical point for developing preventive strategies, whereas most groups focus on cancer itself and relate more to treatment than prevention.

Inherent in this mission, is the capability of translating new technology and knowledge into effective outcomes in both the clinical arena and at the community level.

Examples which have broader capabilities, include: identifying those at risk of developing cancer; enhancing repair of genetic events; diagnosing those with precancer lesions; regulating progression by targeting genomic instability and/or altered biology.

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