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Western Sydney at forefront of revolutionary medical research

3 July 2017

New research being undertaken in Western Sydney may lead to more effective cancer treatments and elevate the quality of Australia’s research collaborations to the world stage.

By combining an MRI machine with a linear accelerator (MRI-LINAC) radiotherapy system, doctors are able to see the cancers they are treating in real time, and focus the radiotherapy beam precisely on malignant cells while sparing surrounding tissue and organs.

This pioneering system, based at the Ingham Institute for Applied Research’s research bunker at the Liverpool Hospital, is only one of a handful in the world and the discoveries made here are being viewed with great interest by leading cancer specialists in Australia and around the world.  

This initiative has been funded in part by the Australian Government, including a recent $7 million grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council. 

The Ingham Institute is a member of the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (known as SPHERE), which brings together the very best minds to deliver real world solutions to the medical problems of today. 

It’s collaborative leadership and achievements in research-based and evidence-based health care and training of doctors, nurses and other health professionals is world class, earning SPHERE National Health and Medical Research Council accreditation as a new Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre. 

These centres are internationally recognised for their efforts in new research, clinical care and educational collaborations that deliver better health outcomes for Australians.  

As part of the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to innovation and medical research, SPHERE will receive $225,000 from the Medical Research Future Fund’s Rapid Applied Research Translation program. 

This funding will help SPHERE to conduct research that will deliver solutions to health problems and directly benefit patients. 

Health and medical research is an essential part of our health system and will bring about the greatest lifesaving treatments in the future.  

Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Craig Laundy said that these examples highlight the importance of Australian research collaborations, and the medical discoveries resulting from these collaborations.

Our researchers are among the world’s best and collaborations, like those at SPHERE, will produce life-changing results that make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of Australians.

Media contact: Assistant Minister's office 02 6277 4345