World leading announcement to eliminate cancer

Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Professor Peter Leedman, today joined philanthropists Andrew and Nicola Forrest in Canberra to support his announcement to establish a worldwide fund to make cancer non-lethal for the next generation.

As part of a $400 million philanthropic announcement made by Andrew and Nicola Forrest today, $75 million will be dedicated to establishing the Eliminate Cancer Initiative (ECI), an organisation that aims to bring worldwide collaboration to cancer research.

“This tremendously generous donation by the Forrest’s to try and make cancer non-lethal is an approach that can benefit the global population.

“By facilitating international collaboration, transparent sharing of data, coordinating complementary skill sets currently located in different research institutes and countries, this initiative has the potential to make a very big difference to rates of cancer deaths,” Professor Leedman said.

The announcement was made in Canberra today in the presence of Prime Minister, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP and Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Bill Shorten MP, at Parliament House. 

“The ECI will foster a global collaboration of researchers similar to the international effort previously undertaken to sequence the DNA of a number of human cancers, where Australia was a driver in the sequencing of pancreatic carcinoma and ovarian cancer. It’s this level of research collaboration which delivers change,” Professor Leedman said.

Professor Leedman also welcomed the Forrest’s announcement of further support for the Forrest Research Foundation Scholarship initiative.

“At the Perkins we are proud to have Forrest Scholars working in research areas that make a difference to the course of diseases and through this scholarship initiative, The University of Western Australia and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research can offer exceptional research facilities and mentorship to these outstanding students.”

The Forrest Research Foundation Scholarship is provided to encourage and assist outstanding international and domestic students to undertake high quality research and enrol in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at a Western Australian university. 

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