Grant success for South Australian Cancer Research Institute

6 December 2017

The Centre for Cancer Biology, in partnership with the University of South Australia, has received a share of 14 project grants worth more than $10 million from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC).

As a key initiative of SA Health, the Centre of Cancer Biology (CCB) is the largest collaboration of cancer research in South Australia, currently hosting 22 full-time research group leaders and their teams.

Central Adelaide Local Health Network Chief Executive, Jenny Richter, said the CCB is an alliance between SA Pathology and the University of South Australia, based within the Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

“A significant advantage of the CCB is that it is an institute embedded in the health system with rapid access to patient samples and data,” she said.

“It also has a very clear pipeline to translate its research results into clinical trials for the benefit of cancer patients.

NHMRC provides funding each year to support research across the full spectrum of health and medical research, from basic science through to clinical, public health and health services research.

Ms Richter said the funding, awarded over the next three to four years, will contribute to studies and treatments into various forms of cancer such as lung cancer, leukaemia, craniofacial disorders and vascular disease.

“I would like to congratulate Co-Directors of the Centre for Cancer Biology Professor Angel Lopez and Professor Sharad Kuamr for their grant success and leading a world-class program of innovative research, she said.

“I would also like to acknowledge the 11 lead investigators and in particular Associate Professor Natasha Harvey and Associate Professor Quenten Schwarz who were awarded with multiple grants in this year’s round.”

The grant list for the 2017 NHMRC application round is updated incrementally throughout the year after each announcement.

To date, the 2017 NHMRC grants has resulted in more than $877 million awarded to fund health and medical research including 1,103 new grants to universities, medical research institutions and hospitals across the country.

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