Australia is blessed to have scientists, clinicians and researchers who are at the forefront of research into asbestos related disease. The following Australian research oganisations are dedicated to finding a cure to asbestos related disease.
NATIONAL HEALTH and MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia’s peak body for supporting health and medical research; for developing health advice for the Australian community, health professionals and governments; and for providing advice on ethical behaviour in health care and in the conduct of health and medical research.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia’s leading expert body promoting the development and maintenance of public and individual health standards.
The NHMRC brings together within a single national organisation the functions of research funding and development of advice. One of its strengths is that it draws upon the resources of all components of the health system, including governments, medical practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals, researchers, teaching and research institutions, public and private program managers, service administrators, community health organisations, social health researchers and consumers.
The NHMRC has established the Bernie Banton Fellowship as an annual Fellowship to commemorate the life of Bernie Banton through supporting health and medical research related to mesothelioma.
To find out more about the NHMRC visit: www.nhmrc.gov.au
NATIONAL CENTRE for ASBESTOS RELATED DISEASES (NCARD)
The National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases (NCARD) was established as a national cooperative research centre in 2007 by the Commonwealth government to:
“Enable the best Australian scientists, clinicians and researchers in the field, using the best available modern technology, to work cooperatively to find a prevention and/or cure for asbestos cancers in the shortest realistic time frame.”
NCARD is a collaboration of researchers who have a national and strategic focus for research into asbestos related diseases and cancers. NCARD provides a platform to build on Australia’s existing research expertise and encourages strong organisational and linkages to ensure their research is systematic and complementary to existing research efforts in the area of asbestos related diseases.
The centre has been funded by the Federal Government, through the NHMRC, and additionally funded by the University of Western Australia, through the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR).
NCARD’s researchers and collaborators are located throughout Australia and indeed the world. Their ‘headquarters’ are located within the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) whose corporate support assist NCARD in its day to day operations.
Winthrop Professor Bruce Robinson was the founding Scientific Director of the National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases, he was also a founding director of the Bernie Banton Foundation.
For more information about NCARD please visit: www.ncard.org.au
PENINSULA AND SOUTHEAST ONCOLOGY
Level 7, Level 3 Frankston Private
24-28 Frankston-Flinders Road
Frankston, VIC 3199
Medical Director and Principle Investigator [Clinical Trials]
A/Prof Vinod Ganju MBBS, FRACP
Medical Oncologist and Haematologist
Peninsula And Southeast Oncology was set up in response to the need for increased Oncology Services in the Mornington Peninsula region of Melbourne, Victoria Australia.
Situated within Frankston Private Hospital, Peninsula And Southeast Oncology is part of a ‘state-of-the-art’, purpose built Centre, incorporating Day Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Medical Imaging, Pathology, Pharmacy, Consulting Suites, Conference Centre and Cafeteria.
Complex patient cases are presented at multidisciplinary team meetings, where, through collaboration with Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, Radiologists, Surgeons, Pathologists, Nurses and Clinical Research staff, an optimal treatment plan is recommended for these patients.
Patients may also be suitable for recruitment into one of the numerous clinical trials available, which allows access to new novel treatments currently being investigated.
Peninsula And Southeast Oncology is recognised as a leading oncology centre providing an organisational structure and environment to encourage innovation, facilitate multidisciplinary collaborations and a commitment to research driven treatment with quality outcomes.
Assoc. Prof. Vinod Canju is widely recognised as a leading treating oncologist, researcher and conductor of clinical trials in the field of mesothelioma.
For further information about Peninsula Oncology Centre please visit: www.paso.com.au
FLINDERS CENTRE for INNOVATION IN CANCER
The Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC), incorporating the LIVESTRONG Cancer Research Centre and ACRF Cancer Prevention Unit, is a leading cancer centre, situated in Adelaide, South Australia, housing world-class care and survivorship services alongside innovative cancer prevention and early intervention research.
Assoc Prof Sonja Klebe, Pathologist at SA Pathology, is leading this research, and is sought after as a speaker.
For more information about FCIC please visit: www.fcic.org.au