New cancer imaging facility launched at SAHMRI

By / 17th of November, 2014

A NEWLY opened imaging and therapeutics facility at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute will enable ground-breaking cancer research to be conducted.

Opened today by the Premier of South Australia, Jay Weatherill, the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) Innovative Cancer Imaging and Therapeutics Facility at SAHMRI is a valuable addition to the new health and biomedical precinct in Adelaide.

The facility will provide cancer researchers access to biomedical imaging technologies, including advanced flow cytometry, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), all within the one building.

Professor Ian Brown, the chief executive of the ACRF, said the equipment will allow researchers to rapidly translate basic biomedical research discoveries into novel cancer therapies.

“This facility will enable discoveries and the development of improved treatment protocols that will bring hope to patients with all types of cancers,” said Prof Brown.

SAHMRI’s Executive Director, Professor Steve Wesselingh, has said this gift from the ACRF is invaluable.

“The Facility enables the collaboration between specialists and researchers, who are working together in the pursuit of better treatments, cures and even ways to prevent cancer in its many manifestations. 

“We are thrilled to have received this funding from the ACRF.  Thanks to the combined funds from the ACRF, HSCGB, the Beat Cancer Project and the Detmold Group, we have been able to purchase specialist-imaging equipment located in our two dedicated facilities of SAHMRI North Terrace.  This equipment will be used in pre-clinical testing of novel potential therapies for a diverse array of diseases and conditions - not just cancer - including depression, stroke and heart disease, immune dysfunction and metabolic disease.

“Our work in the Cancer theme would not be possible without this assistance from the ACRF.  It has enabled us to relocate an entire laboratory to the new facility and continue their excellent work, with access to state of the art equipment.”