About Genome Power

Genome Power logoEvery year in Australia, almost 800 kids are diagnosed with cancer, many of which are aggressive, hard to treat and with a high risk of mortality.

Although the survival rates have improved greatly for some cancers, others still take a heavy toll on our young people’s lives.

But now, with the help of scientific breakthroughs in genomics, we are taking the fight against childhood cancer to a whole new level.

The mission of Genome Power is to sequence and analyse the genomes from 400 kids with high risk, aggressive cancers — and to use that information to help guide treatment.


A second phase of Genome Power ('Genome Power 2.0') is the development of a genome database: a collection of genome sequences from children and young people with cancer. Using the database and sophisticated analytical tools, researchers will be able to pinpoint key genes (and other DNA sequences) that are altered in children who go on to develop cancer. In turn, they will gain insights into new prevention and treatment approaches for childhood cancer.

Lions lead the way in supporting Genome Power

The Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation and Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) have committed $3.2 million to fund the genome sequencing of 400 children with high risk cancers in Australia over three years — but an additional $800,000 still needs to be raised to ensure that all 400 children can have their genome sequenced.

This funding will enable Garvan to work with the Zero Childhood Cancer national child cancer personalised medicine program to undertake the sequencing and analysis of the genomes of 400 Aussie kids with cancer.

Lions are also supporting Garvan to create a genome database through 'Genome Power 2.0'. The database, which will be accessible to researchers and doctors worldwide, could help kids everywhere have a better chance of a healthy life.

Bringing the community together

In addition to transformative support from Lions, Genome Power is supported by generous donations from the John Brown Cook Foundation and the Vodafone Foundation. 

Genome Power is not something that will happen sometime in the future. It starts today: the science and technology are available now. The doctors are waiting. And most importantly, our kids' lives depend on it.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Raise funds in your community. It may be a BBQ or one of the many other ways that you can engage your community. Visit www.genomepower.org.au to set up your fundraising page
  • Make a direct donation online at www.giving.garvan.org.au/lions
  • Or send a cheque to:
    • Garvan Research Foundation – Lions Kids Cancer Genome Project
      384 Victoria St
      NSW 2010
  • Call us on 1300 73 66 77 (8am to 5pm AEST)


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The Lions Kids Cancer Genome Project (Genome Power) is a joint initiative of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, the Lions Clubs International Foundation and the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation. Genome Power will be supporting Australia’s national personalised medicine program for childhood cancer – the Zero Childhood Cancer Program, led by Children’s Cancer Institute and the Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. In its first three years, Genome Power will provide whole genome sequencing and analysis for 400 children with high-risk cancer in Australia who will be enrolled in the Zero Childhood Cancer Program