$1 billion to cancer research

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Cancer Australia has released the results of an audit into cancer research investment from 2006-11 which showed that over $1 billion was provided to Australian cancer researchers during this period.

Cancer Australia CEO, Professor Helen Zorbas highlighted the importance of the findings.

“Cancer is the major cause of illness in Australia. One in two Australians will have developed cancer, and one in five will have died from cancer before the age of 85.” Professor Zorbas said.

“Australian cancer research is of the highest international standing and recognition. Our analysis of the extent and pattern of funding to cancer research at a national level provides the evidence to guide cancer research investment into the future.”

Chair of Cancer Australia’s Advisory Council, Professor Jim Bishop said this is the only national report which details how cancer research projects and programs are funded across Australia.

“The findings identify opportunities for optimising cancer research investment, including partnering and leveraging investment through co-funding, targeting research investment, and fostering research collaborations across Australia and internationally.” Professor Bishop said.  

The key findings from the 2006-11 audit include:

  • Over $1 billion in funding was provided to cancer research projects and programs in Australia
  • The Australian Government provided nearly two-thirds of the funding for cancer research
  • Total funding to cancer research projects and programs increased progressively year on year
  • 90% of cancer research projects and program were funded by a single funding source
  • The largest increases in funding were in the areas of Treatment, and Early Detection, Diagnosis and Prognosis, while the proportion of funding for Prevention remained unchanged 
  • The percentage of research projects and programs with collaborators increased steadily, with approximately two-thirds of all projects and programs involving collaboration by 2011
  • Australia’s pattern of research funding is broadly similar to that in the UK and Canada

For more information, including the full report, highlights and summary go to - Cancer Research in Australia

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