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Cancer Research foundation announces biggest
ever private grant
Australian Cancer Research Foundation is paving the
way for the next wave of cancer research with the
announcement today of the biggest private grant ever
of $5 million to help make cancer history.
The $5 million grant recipient will be decided by
a panel of internationally recognised scientists,
chaired by Professor Mathew Vadas and including Professor
Sir David Lane. It will be awarded to an Australian
researcher who provides the most compelling proposal
for cancer research including potential cures for
cancer, cancer prevention and the treatment of cancer
"This is an exciting announcement for not only the
scientific community but everybody who has been touched
by cancer. The $5 million grant will be awarded to
help fund what we hope will be a quantum leap in
the field of cancer research. The ACRF grant will
not exclude big picture, far-reaching proposals for
seed funding if that's what it's going to take to
move into the next wave of cancer research and innovations
that matter. Anything is possible," ACRF Chairman
Tom Dery said.
The next wave of cancer research projects may explore
a number of promising areas. The proposals for the
grant could cover everything from boosting the body's
immune system to fight cancer or the absolutely fundamental
area of cancer prevention right through to potential
cures for cancer.
Cancer research projects could include broad areas
of investigation such as:
- Investigating the promise of stem cells as a
potential cure for cancer or as a way to stop cancers
- Using nanotechnology to pinpoint cancer cells
to overcome the terrible side effects of current
cancer treatment options or for earlier diagnosis
- Environmental, diet and lifestyle factors that
cause or contribute to cancer
Speaking at the announcement today were three
leading Australian cancer research scientists:
Professor Peter Klinken from the West Australian
Institute of Medical Research; Professor Michelle
Haber, Sydney's Children's Cancer Institute
of Australia; and Professor Mark Hogarth from
Melbourne's Austin Research Institute.
Although specialising in different areas,
all three agreed that the biotech revolution,
combined with the Human Genome project (which
enables identification of individual variations
in genes), has unleashed huge potential for
the prevention and treatment of all types of
Research scientists now have the ability to
observe and influence the behaviour of cancer
cells, the blood cells of the immune system,
proteins and bio-markers.
"We will be looking to attract outstanding
projects in Australia that may not have been
previously embraced by Australian researchers – perhaps
projects that have been considered beyond our
capacity, or too radical," Mr Dery said.
The $5 million grant recipient will be announced
in June next year.
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