In a significant move that will have far reaching benefits to Queenslanders and Australian children living with brain cancer, the Children’s Hospital Foundation has committed $10 million to the Australian Brain Cancer Mission to establish a Centre for children’s brain cancer research in Queensland.
The $10 million funding over 5 years, announced by Minister for Health Greg Hunt, will support the establishment of a paediatric Centre for Children’s Health Research in Brisbane. The Centre will increase researcher capacity and excellence in basic and clinical research. This brings the total investment commitment for the Australian Brain Cancer Mission to $105 million.
The establishment of the Queensland based research Centre will make a substantial contribution to the Australian Brain Cancer Mission.
Brain cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for those under 25 in Australia. The Australian Brain Cancer Mission aims to double survival rates and improve the quality of life of people living with brain cancer over the next 10 years, with the longer term aim of defeating brain cancer.
The Australian Brain Cancer Mission is a partnership between the Australian Government, philanthropists, researchers and clinicians, patients and their families. The Australian Government is providing $55 million under the Medical Research Future Fund.
Together with the Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland, the following funding partners are making significant contributions to the funding goal of $105 million over 10 years: Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Minderoo Foundation's Eliminate Cancer Initiative, Carrie's Beanies 4 Brain Cancer, the Mark Hughes Foundation and the State of Victoria.
Implementation of the Australian Brain Cancer Mission is coordinated and managed by Cancer Australia on behalf of the Australian Government.