Key Advances and Breakthroughs

Fifty years of Breakthroughs

Garvan research has played a major role in saving lives and changing the health of generations.  Scroll down to discover some of the key advances we've made over the last 50 years.

 

 

2017

MRI screens pick up early stage cancers

Our research, along with international efforts, showed that whole-body MRI screening can detect primary tumours throughout the body, at a curable stage, in people with high genetic risk of cancer.

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2016

Launch of whole genome sequencing service

We launched Australia’s first clinical whole-genome sequencing service, tripling diagnostic rates for people living with rare and genetic conditions.

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2015

Genomic diagnosis changes lives

Using whole genome sequencing, we diagnosed a previously mysterious immune disorder in a critically ill 5-year-old boy. Armed with this knowledge, clinicians changed Alan's treatment – radically improving his health and his outlook.

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2013

Unmasking the secrets of pancreatic cancer

We sequenced the genomes of 100 pancreatic tumours and identified new mutations that lead to pancreatic cancer.

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2010

Gene silencing common in cancers

A group of Garvan scientists discover that extensive gene silencing is common in cancer, with up to 3% of the genome affected by epigenetic changes to DNA in cancer cells.

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2009

Our brains build bones

We showed that the brain, through the hormone NPY, helps control the building of our skeletons.

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2000

Belly fat link to diabetes

We uncovered the role of abdominal fat in determining risk of type 2 diabetes.

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1999 to 2005

Growing nerve cells

We developed methods to culture adult nerve stem cells capable of generating new brain cells, giving hope that some neurodegenerative diseases could be reversed.

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1993

Cyclins drive the progression of breast cancer

We made one of the decade’s most significant advances in breast cancer when we discovered the role of proteins called cyclins.

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1973

Lifesaving insulin infusions

We developed an infusion technique that treats ketoacidosis, a potentially life-threatening complication associated with diabetes.

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1965

Measuring growth hormone

We developed an Australian-first ‘radioimmunoassay’ technique to measure growth hormone in people.

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