The Cancer Discovery Accelerator will be funded by the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and will have the latest technologies including state-of-the-art genome sequencing equipment and a super high-resolution microscope, enabling researchers to develop powerful new methods for measuring proteins in individual cancer cells.
The Centre for Cancer Biology is conducting breakthrough research into the natural suppressors of cancer.
The foundation made the announcement at an awards dinner in Sydney on Wednesday night, awarding Adelaide’s Centre for Cancer Biology a $2 million grant to establish the facility.
“The Centre for Cancer Biology is conducting breakthrough research capitalising on genomics and various experimental models, which is fuelling the discovery of genes proteins and regulatory RNAs (ribonucleic acids) which are the natural suppressors of cancer,” said Prof Ian Brown, the chief executive of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.
“Converting these discoveries into actionable targets for drugs is the goal of the project,” he said
Centre for Cancer Biology co-director professor Angel Lopez said the new facility will bring outstanding technology into South Australia and position the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) at the forefront of genomics research.
“The ultimate outcome is our researchers will have the best tools in their search for the best patient diagnostics and treatments,” he said.
“The advanced technologies of the ACRF Cancer Discovery Accelerator will underpin core research streams at the CCB, significantly enhancing our understanding of the causes of cancer.”
The facility will be located in the University of South Australia’s new Health Innovation Building currently under construction in the health precinct being established in the CBD of Adelaide.
Construction is expected to be complete in 2018.
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