Garvan St Vincent's Campus Cancer Centre Welcomes $70 Million From Federal Govt

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MEDIA RELEASE

Garvan St Vincent’s Campus Cancer Centre Welcomes

$70 million from Federal Government

13 May, 2009

The Federal Government has announced a $70m funding package to enable

the development of the Garvan St Vincent’s Campus Cancer Centre

(GSVCCC). The Centre will integrate the Garvan Institute’s internationally

acclaimed cancer research with the best practice clinical care of St Vincent’s.


In jointly welcoming the funding announced in last night’s Federal budget,

Professor John Shine AO, Executive Director of the Garvan Institute, and

Steven Rubic, Chief Executive of St Vincents & Mater Health said this much

needed support by the Commonwealth Government would enable

construction of the new $100 million state-of-the-art facility to commence

within the year.


“We are delighted that in these tough economic times the Government has

exhibited the foresight to focus on increasing our capacity to better diagnose

and treat this increasingly prevalent disease that devastates the lives of

around one in three Australians,” said Professor Shine. “Coupled with the

funds we have already raised from generous private donors and the

Australian Cancer Research Foundation as well as the land that has been

granted by the Trustees of St Vincent’s Hospital; this support will enable us to

forge ahead to achieve better outcomes for people with cancer.” 


Steven Rubic added that the Project would “build on the existing strengths

and long history of collaboration between St Vincent’s and the Garvan, to

ensure cancer research findings move quickly into clinical care and clinical

challenges drive laboratory research.” 

 

Housing over 350 researchers and clinicians within the St Vincent’s Research

Precinct in Darlinghurst, the purpose-built Centre will have a major focus on

translational research and the development of innovative, personalised

medicine approaches to patient care. The GSVCCC will be complementary to

other cancer initiatives being developed in Australia. By enabling researchers

and clinicians to work side by side in an integrated and collaborative

environment, the Centre will facilitate a multidisciplinary effort in the fight

against cancer. 



Media contacts: Dianne Lavender, Media Relations Manager, Garvan

Research Foundation, (02) 9295 8116 or David Faktor, Manager Public

Affairs & Communications, St Vincent’s & Mater Health Sydney, 0405 497

510.







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