We’re thrilled to announce a multi-million dollar injection of research cash into Queensland giving fresh hope to blood cancer patients across the state.
Together with the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia, we’re investing $1.9 million in additional projects at three major research facilities in the state to help provide a breakthrough in the search for life-saving treatments for leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders.
Nationwide the Leukaemia Foundation will provide a total of almost $4 million to 14 promising research projects in the latest round of its National Research Program. READ THE FULL LIST >
Currently, six Queenslanders each day are diagnosed with blood cancer and it is the third biggest cause of cancer death in Australia.
The largest investment will see us provide $1.65 million over three years to run a unique facility in Brisbane, the ALLG Discovery Centre (formerly the ALLG Tissue Bank), that stores vital tissue samples for use in blood cancer research across Australia.
Our CEO, Bill Petch, said the latest research investments had the potential to lead to new discoveries and new treatment possibilities for blood cancer patients.
“We have marked our 40th anniversary with a huge injection of funding into the labs and research facilities that will help develop the cancer treatments of the future and save lives,” he said.
“We’re committed to improving outcomes for patients living with blood cancers and we’re excited to see where our funding might take these research investigations.”
Acute myeloid leukaemia
We will also provide a PhD Scholarship worth $40,000 per year (2015-2017) to researcher Rebecca Austin at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute so she can study the factors that drive the immune response in an aggressive form of leukaemia called acute myeloid leukaemia.
At The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute and Princess Alexandra Hospital, Dr Colm Keane will receive a $150,000 Career Establishment Grant over three years, sponsored by Bridgestone Australia Ltd, to explore the role of the immune system in lymphoma.
‘Exciting’ cancer research
“The next few years are going to be an incredibly exciting and important time in blood cancer research,” Mr Petch said.
“The Leukaemia Foundation has made huge progress over the last 40 years but we need to keep striving for new discoveries and more effective treatment options for patients.
“But we can’t do it alone. None of the research work we’re funding would be possible without the support of the community who, like us, are desperate to beat blood cancer and stop it taking the lives of so many Queenslanders.”
Our latest announcement brings to 49 the total number of research projects currently funded by the Leukaemia Foundation at leading research institutions across the country.
In addition to funding research, we also provide a range of free support services to blood cancer patients and their families from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.