Future milestones in cancer prevention, treatment and cure will be defined by the action we take today. Significant progress in any medical research field can take years, but by funding innovative and collaborative research projects now, together we can accelerate outcomes for cancer patients and their families of the near future.
Milestones in the making
World-first ‘proteome’ of human cancer project
Over the next 5 years, scientists at Children’s Medical Research Institute in Sydney will analyse tens of thousands of examples of all types of cancer from all over the world to develop a library of information to advance scientific discovery and enhance clinical treatment worldwide.
The ACRF International Centre for the Proteome of Cancer (ProCanTM) will use new technology called PCT-SWATH mass spectrometry to rapidly and simultaneously measure the precise levels of many thousands of proteins in very small cancer biopsies. This will result in rapid and more accurate prediction of the best cancer treatments for each individual patient. Find out more at procan.cancerresearch
Individual cancer treatment for every child in Australia
The genomic revolution has given researchers unprecedented opportunities to study the underlying causes and characteristics of individual patients’ cancers, and through a new ACRF Precision Medicine Centre, scientists at Sydney’s Children’s Cancer institute will now be able to more accurately diagnose and predict disease outcome, particularly in children who have been diagnosed with the most aggressive cancers.
This new facility will be able to provide every newly-diagnosed Australian high-risk childhood cancer patient, and every child who relapses after their treatment, with the opportunity to have their therapy individually personalised based on a combination of genomic and molecular data relating to their particular cancer.
Multidisciplinary research for humans and companion animals with cancer
Currently cancer is the number one cause of death in humans around the world. It is also a major cause of death in companion animals and pets.
A new facility at the Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland, Australia will bring together cutting-edge capabilities for the imaging, diagnosis and treatment development for large animal and human cancers. It will help to unlock the potential of a multi-disciplinary research program that translates the study of cancer across species and helps to improve the success rate of new cancer drugs for all cancer patients (both two-legged and four). The first Comparative Oncology program in Australia will bring together cancer researchers and veterinary oncologists.
Some 135 countries around the world currently don’t have access to appropriate radiotherapy treatment – a global problem that researchers at Sydney University Central Clinical School are passionate about solving.
Through their new ACRF-funded facility, researchers will investigate ways to develop targeted x-ray radiotherapy systems that address both the high cost and limited availability of this important treatment technology. It will also create new and better imaging methods that allow more precise delineation of where radiation should be focused or targeted towards the most aggressive and/or resistant cancer cells – which are constantly moving throughout the body.
Help us fund milestones of tomorrow
The funds ACRF receives help researchers close in on the answers that will finally bring an end to all types of cancer.