Queensland’s Health Minister, Lawrence Springborg, has welcomed the arrival of another world-class research group to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR).
Cancer immunologist, Professor Mark Smyth, and his scientific team have moved from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne to their own laboratory in QIMR.
They’ll join the 600 scientists already at QIMR working on cancer, infectious disease and mental health and complex disorders.
“It’s extremely gratifying to see Queensland attracting the world’s best researchers,” Lawrence Springborg said.
“QIMR has an extraordinary record of achievement in its fields of expertise; we’re looking forward to Professor Smyth’s team advancing our knowledge of cancer and immunology and making real inroads into patient care.”
Professor Smyth is an eminent and much-published cancer immunologist and holder of the highest level NHMRC award: Australia Research Fellow. He is a member of the Cancer Research Institute’s Academy of Cancer Immunology and the European Academy of Tumour Immunology.
Professor Smyth investigates the role the immune system plays in recognising and targeting tumours during their development.
“Our overall aim is to identify the key immune pathways and molecules that control the different phases of cancer development,” Professor Smyth said.
“We’re working toward designing new combination therapies that will prevent cancer and eradicate established tumours.”
QIMR director Professor Frank Gannon said QIMR was able to expand its research numbers because of its cutting edge facilities funded by the State and Federal Governments and boosted by generous donations from philanthropists Chuck Feeney and Clive Berghofer.
“QIMR provides researchers with world-class facilities, the best equipment and training and clear career paths, meaning our discoveries can reach the community faster,” Professor Gannon said.
“But QIMR’s greatest asset is its people, and with such strong foundations, QIMR can only build on its world-class reputation.