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About the Australian Cancer Research Foundation

The Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) is one of Australia’s leading funding bodies for cancer research. We are a charity dedicated to speeding up the discoveries that will benefit patients with all types of cancer worldwide.

Our ultimate goal is to end the devastating effects of cancer.

We are the group who funded Prof. Ian Frazer’s research into the cervical cancer (HPV) vaccine when no-one else would.

We supported early research into how BCL-2 controls cell survival at Water and Eliza Hall Medical Research Institute in Melbourne. This research and development project has recently led to clinical approval of venetoclax in the United States, European Union and Australia.

Above all else, we value innovation, bravery and impact and we’re thrilled to have your support.

We fund the most promising projects

Every year, once a year, our esteemed Medical Research Advisory Committee considers all applications received by ACRF and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees as to where grants could be awarded for maximum impact and innovation in cancer prevention, diagnosis and cure.

Thanks to your generosity, in 2016 we awarded AUD$8 million in grants to support the following ground-breaking cancer research initiatives.

  • $2M to establish the ACRF Tumour Heterogeneity Program to learn more about the mutation, internal variation, location and the impact of time on the growth and treatment of tumours at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
  • $2.5M to establish the ACRF Tumour Metabolism Laboratory at the Centenary Institute, NSW, to determine the differences in nutrient metabolism by cancerous and normal cells to improve cancer treatments.
  • $2.3M to establish ACRF Cancer Ultrastructure & Function Facility and to provide microscopes that can see cancer cell behaviour and their
    response to drugs in order to stop the spread of cancer at the Institute for Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland.
  • $1.2M to establish the ACRF Blood Cancer Therapeutics Centre
    to develop a national program to improve patient outcomes for multiple
    myeloma and acute myeloid leukaemia at Monash University and Alfred Hospital, Victoria.

Your support will help us continue to fund cutting edge cancer research projects that will help cancer patients and their families around the world.

What is .cancerresearch?

Our top level domain, .cancerresearch, is an internet domain with a collaborative vision, proudly facilitated by the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

The focus of .cancerresearch is to bring together news, information and leading opinion on cancer treatment, prevention, diagnosis and cure. Our priority is to ensure .cancerresearch is both internationally relevant and community-focused.

We have a long road ahead, but bringing the greatest minds and movements for cancer research together begins now. We look forward to providing more interesting content opportunities to you over the coming months and years.