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Cancer genomics centre unveiled at Queensland

A cancer genomics facility was unveiled at the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute on 19 July.

The Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) Comprehensive Cancer Genomics Facility was officially opened at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Woolloongabba, Brisbane.

The AU$4 million centre, funded by ACRF, aims to provide researchers with Australia’s most advanced technology in the examination of cancer gene function.

The centre will allow researchers to study the causes of cancer, including identification of inherited risk factors and genetic mutations, and how these cause the disease.

“The ACRF Comprehensive Cancer Genomics Facility will provide researchers with unprecedented abilities to study the basic genetic causes of cancer, work out how those genetic factors cause disease, and importantly then to translate that back to the clinic by identifying potential cancer treatments,” said Matt Brown, director of the Diamantina Institute.

The centre was funded through a partnership between ACRF, the Princess Alexandra Research Foundation, Queensland University of Technology’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, and the Diamantina Institute.