NSW government funding a booster for the Cancer Moonshot
19 July 2016
The Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) have received generous funding of $6 million from the NSW State Government. The funding, which was announced today by NSW Premier Mike Baird, will support collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (USA), in support of the Obama administration’s “Cancer Moonshot” initiative.
The funding was announced in conjunction with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the NSW State Government and the National Cancer Institute. It will support a program in cancer genomics and cancer proteomics at Garvan and CMRI, with a focus on rare and children’s cancers.
Professor David Thomas (Head of The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and Garvan’s Cancer Division) is spearheading the genomic aspects of the project.
Prof Thomas said, “It really is encouraging that the Cancer Moonshot initiative is seeking to engage with research institutes in Australia – and we’re delighted that the NSW Government is supporting that engagement so generously.
“We need to work together, within Australia and internationally, if we are to achieve the goals of the Cancer Moonshot – from better therapies, to earlier detection and prevention.
“At Garvan, we collaborate widely in our cancer research – most recently, with the Children’s Cancer Institute here in Sydney through the Lions Kids Cancer Genome Project.
“So we’re particularly happy to be working with CMRI and the NCI, with the State Government’s support allowing us to participate in a visionary initiatives like the Cancer Moonshot.”