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ACRF Grant Recipients & Research Projects

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The Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) has provided 65 grants totaling $129.2 million to Australian cancer research institutes since the cancer charity’s inception, with two-thirds of this total awarded in just the last 10 years.

The projects selected for research funding are the best of the best by world standards. Please click on the links below to read more about our past cancer research grant recipients.

Centenary Institute (NSW): $2.5M to understand how cancer cells metabolise dietary nutrients and how we can use this information to improve cancer diagnostics and therapies.

Institute for Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland (QLD): $2.3M to visualise and to track how cancer grows and spreads, and to use this information to formulate new treatments.

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VIC): $2M to find out more about tumour heterogeneity – the variation within and between different types of tumour, and how they evolve over time.

Monash University (VIC): $1.2M to establish a national clinical trials program focused on improving patient outcomes in blood cancer.

University of Queensland (QLD): $1m for discovery and development of innovative methods for the early detection of lung cancer to allow earlier intervention and improved treatment outcomes.

The Australian Synchrotron (VIC): $2m for the technology to place Australia at the forefront of cancer drug discovery and development.

Centre for Cancer Biology (SA): $2m for technology to accelerate our understanding of the causes of cancer and translate these findings into improved outcomes for cancer patients.

The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU (ACT): $2m to explore existing collections of Australia’s native plants for new cancer treatments.

Children’s Medical Research Institute (NSW): $10m this facility will provide a major step forward for cancer diagnosis and treatment of Australians. By analysing tens of thousands of samples of all types of cancers from all over the world, scientists in Australia will develop a library of information to advance scientific discovery and enhance clinical treatment worldwide.

Children’s Cancer Institute (NSW): $1.5 million for the development of The ACRF Precision Medicine Centre for Childhood Cancer for children at high risk of treatment failure.

University of Queensland Centre for Advanced Imaging (QLD): $2.5 million for the establishment of the ACRF Facility for Molecular Imaging Agents in Cancer (AFMIAC).

University of Sydney, Central Clinical School (NSW): $2.5 million for the creation of a new cancer research institute, The ACRF Image-X Institute: Eradicating Cancer through Innovation in Imaging and Targeted X-ray Therapy.

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (VIC): $2.5 million for the development of the ACRF Breakthrough Technologies Laboratory to advance new treatments for many of Australia’s most common, and most deadly cancers.

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (QLD): $2.6 million for the development of a cutting-edge Centre for Comprehensive Biomedical Imaging

Children’s Medical Research Institute (NSW): $2 million in funding to develop a Telomere Analysis Centre.

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VIC): $2 million to fit-out a specialised centre for translational research and personalised medicine.

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SA): $1.8 million in seed-funding for a new ACRF Innovative Cancer Imaging and Therapeutics Facility.

 

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (VIC): $3.5 million for cancer cell isolation and profiling of rare populations of tumours

Centre for Clinical Research (QLD): $2 million in funding for technologies for molecular genetics, including exact tumour localisation and analysis.

Diamantina Institute (QLD): $2 million in seed-funding for the development of an individualised oncology care centre.

 

Westmead Institute for Cancer Research (NSW): $5 million in seed-funding for the construction of two world-class melanoma research laboratories.

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (VIC): $2 million for Imaging technologies for the ACRF Centre for Translational Cancer Therapeutics and Imaging.

St Vincent’s Institute for Medical Research (VIC): $2 million providing drug detection equipment, cell imaging equipment, and software to enhance the existing ACRF Rational Drug Discovery Centre.

 

 

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (VIC): $2 million to expand their two new cancer divisions – the Stem Cells and Cancer Division and Chemical Biology Division.

The Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WA): $2.4 million for the ACRF Cancer Imaging Facility to promote innovation in cancer research, and ensure a high quality imaging hub to facilitate world-class cancer discoveries with direct relevance to clinical outcomes.

Monash Institute of Medical Research (VIC): $1.6 million for the ACRF Centre for Cancer Genomics to facilitate innovative and internationally competitive research that translates to significant outcomes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

The Garvan St Vincent’s Campus Cancer Centre (Kinghorn Cancer Centre): $2.5 million to extend the 2008 grant to support the research components which will be part of a world-class comprehensive cancer centre.

 

2009

Children’s Medical Research Institute & University of Newcastle (NSW): $3.1 million for the world’s first Chemical Proteomics Centre for Kinomics.

The Centre for Cancer Biology and the University of Adelaide (SA): $3.5 million to establish a new Cancer Genomics Facility.

2008

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne: $2.5 million for new technologies to identify genes controlling cancer cell behaviour.

Institute for Molecular Bioscience, Queensland University: $2.5 million to decipher gene and protein interactions which affect the behaviour of cancer cells.

The Garvan St Vincents Campus Cancer Centre, Sydney: $2.5 million to support the research components which will be part of a world-class comprehensive cancer centre.

2007

Centenary Institute for Cancer Research and Sydney Cancer Centre (NSW): $5 million ACRF Centre for Basic and Translational Cancer Research

Diamantina Institute for Cancer Immunology and Metabolic Medicine (QLD): $3.2 million ACRF Comprehensive Cancer Genomics Facility

Queensland Institute for Medical Research (QLD: $2.7 million for The ACRF Centre for Cancer Epigenetics

Children’s Cancer Institute Australia for Medical Research (NSW): $3.1 million ACRF Drug Discovery Centre for Childhood Cancer

2006

Menzies Research Institute (TAS): $1.1 million ACRF Tasmanian Inherited Cancer Centre

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (NSW): $1.2 million iCell & Molecular Therapy Unit equipment and fit-out

Melbourne Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VIC): Special $5 million grant for the ACRF Centre for Therapeutic Target Discovery

2005

Queensland Brain Institute (QLD): $1.14 million Integrated Brain Tumour Flow Cytometry Screening Facility

Royal Melbourne Hospital (VIC): $1 million Translational research laboratory interface (Hematology and Bone Marrow research)

The Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (VIC): $1 million Bioinfomatics and tissue banking

Westmead Institute for Cancer Research (NSW): $1 million New wing increasing collaboration among researchers

Flinders University/Flinders Medical Centre (SA): $1 million Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer Prevention and Care laboratory

2004

The John Curtin School of Medical Research, The Australian National University (ACT): $1.13 million Biomolecular Resource Facility

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (VIC): $1 million New Children’s Cancer Research Centre laboratories

St. Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research (VIC): $900,000 ACRF Rational Drug Discovery Facility

2003

Institute for Molecular Bioscience (QLD): $1.2 million Cellular imaging

Garvan Institute of Medical Research (NSW): $1.1 million Molecular genetics

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (VIC): $1 million Cell Imaging program

2002

University of Adelaide (SA): $1.5 million for early diagnosis

QLD Institute of Medical Research (QLD): $1.35 million Cellular imaging

2001

Children’s Cancer Institute Australia (NSW): $500,000 for research into the formation of new blood vessels

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (VIC): $1 million for 3D Imaging of proteins

2000

Australian Genome Research Facility (VIC & QLD): $1.3 million Microarray Research

1999

$1.2 million – Western Australian Institute for Medical Research, Royal Perth Hospital (WA): Eight state-of-the-art research laboratories

$1 million – Centre for Immunology & Cancer Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane (QLD): Vaccine for Cervical Cancer

1998

$50K – University of Tasmania pathology department – Chief Investigators: Dr Woods & Professor Muller: Immune system and cancer defense research

1997

$1.2 million – Westmead Institute for Cancer Research (WICR): Melanoma studies

$1 million – Medical Genome Centre, Australian National University: Immunotherapy

1994

$1 million – Hanson Institute: Leukaemia

$1.09 million – Centre for Molecular & Cellular Biology (University of Queensland): for research into skin cancers, cancer of the kidney, leukaemia and various childhood cancers.

1991

$1.08 million – Austin Research Institute: Immunotherapy

1989

$610K – St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research (SVI): Breast cancer

1987

$1 million – Centre for Immunology, St Vincent’s Hospital: Tumour growth