Zero Childhood Cancer boosted by government funding

It’s a landmark day for children’s brain cancer, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing $5 million in funding for the Zero Childhood Cancer program, led by Children’s Cancer Institute and the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

Kristian and his brother Tomislav

17 July 2018

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, with the Lions Clubs International Foundation and the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation, welcomes the good news of substantial Federal Government funding for the Zero Childhood Cancer program.

The program has just become the first recipient of the federal government’s Medical Research Future Fund for the Australian Brain Cancer Mission, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull committing $5 million to the program. The funding will give Aussie kids with brain cancer an unprecedented opportunity to access personalised treatments that are tailored to their own cancer.

Led by Children’s Cancer Institute and the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, the Zero Childhood Cancer program offers personalised treatment approaches to all Australian children living with high-risk or relapsed cancer. It employs a wide range of cutting-edge approaches to investigate each child’s cancer at the genomic and molecular level – including sequencing the whole genome of each child’s tumour, as well as their normal genome.

Garvan and Lions are proud to bring the power of whole genome sequencing to the Zero Childhood Cancer program, through the Lions Kids Cancer Genome Project (Genome Power).

This crucial new support is testament to the immense power of the Zero Childhood Cancer program to change the lives of Aussie kids with brain cancer.