Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    $18 million boost for WA cancer research

    3/07/2017 4:30 PM
    • Grant program to support and raise international profile of cancer research in WA
    • A boost for competitiveness for State, national and international cancer research funding 

    Health Minister Roger Cook today presented two high-performing Perth researchers $18 million in grants to support and raise the international profile of cancer research in Western Australia.


    Mr Cook presented the Cancer Research Trust's (CRT) Collaborative Cancer Research Grants to Professor Alistair Forrest to provide insights into how cancer develops at the most microscopic level, and Professor Christobel Saunders to ensure cancer treatment puts patients' needs first.


    The $18 million is made up of $13.5 million from the CRT, with an additional $4.5 million from partner institutes and organisations including the Cancer Council of WA ($900,000 over nine years), Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Telethon Kids Institute, Edith Cowan University, The University of Western Australia, Murdoch, Curtin and Notre Dame universities and St John of God Research.


    Professor Forrest's project, Enabling Advance Single Cell Cancer Genomics in WA, will result in the creation of a single-cell molecular atlas of hundreds of cancer samples donated by patients. Professor Saunders' project, Patients First: the Continuous Improvement in Care - Cancer, will bring together a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, clinicians, IT and research specialists to measure outcomes important to cancer patients and identify shortfalls in care pathways.


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "Professors Alistair Forrest and Christobel Saunders are two outstanding researchers who are to be commended on becoming the inaugural recipients of this new and significant funding program for WA cancer researchers.


    "Each of their collaborative projects stands to raise the profile of cancer research in Western Australia, but more importantly, improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer for patients both here and around the world.


    "The McGowan Government has committed to a $1 billion Future Health Research and Innovation Fund to drive medical research and innovation, which will include a cancer research plan for the next decade, an innovation hub at Royal Perth Hospital, and incentives for corporate and philanthropic contributions for health and medical research."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500