ProCan Funding Boost
Children’s Medical Research Institute’s(CMRI’s) new cancer research facility, ProCan, which is part of the former US Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, has been given a major boost with $3.75 million of funding from a NSW State Government Translational Program Grant. It’s the largest research grant ever received by CMRI.
ProCan is designed to improve the speed, accuracy and thoroughness of cancer diagnosis and treatment decision-making. The funding will go towards supporting the project as it works to bring its successes in the laboratory into clinical practice.
Professor Roger Reddel says he is grateful to Cancer Institute NSW, which overseas funding of research by the NSW Government, for acknowledging the importance of ProCan. "This funding is specifically designed to enable the benefits of cancer research to reach the cancer clinic as quickly as possible. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing our research discoveries helping patients, and the whole ProCan team is excited by the opportunities this program grant provides to speed up this process."
The funding announcement is part of a $11.6 million shake-up of research into cancer treatments, announced by the NSW Government. The grants are being delivered across the state as Early Career Fellowships, Career Development Fellowships and a Translational Program Grant.
“While NSW has some of the best cancer outcomes in the world, there is still much to be done to improve cancer survival rates,” Minister for Health and Medical Research, Brad Hazzard, said. “These grants are a vital investment to help researchers discover treatment options for these cancers.”