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GLOBAL expert in cell biology will head up a new research laboratory at a leading Australian cancer centre.

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Prof Tergaonkar will lead cutting-edge research into inflammation in a variety of cancers and the development of new drug treatments to block inflammation selectively, rather than generically.

He said chronic inflammation was the key driver of cancer initiation and progression.

“Chronic inflammation can lead to the development of autoimmune disorders, neurodegenerative diseases and metabolic disease such as diabetes. I’ll be researching what activates and sustains the inflammation in cancers,” Prof Tergaonkar said.

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University of South Australia will employ three post-doctoral scientists to work with Professor Tergaonkar on the research.

University of South Australia Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd said the partnership was a perfect example of how international collaborations could sow the seeds for future industries.

“This is a significant investment by the university and the State Government but one that will continue to reap great rewards by building the state’s potential for national and international leadership in aspects of cancer research,” he said.

“Prof Tergaonkar’s appointment with UniSA has already underpinned a successful infrastructure grant of $2 million from the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and attracted support from the Cancer Council SA and other funding bodies.” 


The Centre for Cancer Biology has the largest concentration of cancer research in South Australia, currently hosting 22 full-time research groups undertaking research into leukaemia, breast cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer and colon cancer, focussing in the specialised areas of gene regulation, molecular signalling, translational oncology and cancer genomics.

South Australia’s capital Adelaide has three-long standing public universities, University of South AustraliaFlinders University,  and the University of Adelaide, each of which are consistently rated highly in the international higher education rankings.

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