Alumni News Issue Five 2018

Join UniSA’s Fight Against Cancer

The new UniSA Cancer Research Institute on North Terrace, which was officially opened May 10, represents the largest cohort of cancer researchers ever assembled in the State working collaboratively to fight cancer.

UniSA Cancer Research Institute building

In Australia, 1 in 2 people will receive a cancer diagnosis before the age of 85. Whether it is hearing those three devastating words ‘you have cancer’, or a family member or friend receiving this life-changing news; every one of us will somehow experience this devastating disease.

This is why UniSA is committed to tackling cancer through supporting vital research and research infrastructure, including the new Institute which represents a $247 million investment for the fight against cancer.

Inside the new Institute more than 300 cancer researchers will work to find real solutions from diverse research backgrounds including:

  • The Centre for Cancer Biology – an Institute that is an alliance between SA Pathology and UniSA;
  • The Centre for Drug Discovery and Development;
  • Pharmacy and Medical Sciences;
  • And research groups in Experimental Therapeutics, Mechanisms in Cell Biology and Diseases, Bone Growth and Repair, and Psychosocial Oncology.

The Institute will also become a central cancer research hub where researchers from across UniSA’s campuses and Adelaide’s BioMed City can meet and collaborate, bringing together experts in areas such as nanotechnology, radiobiology, precision medicine, drug development and allied health to find answers and fast-track the translation of research into practice.

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A snapshot of the game-changing research underway on UniSA campus today can be found at

This work is led by world-leaders like Professor Shudong Wang who leads groundbreaking drug development projects for leukaemias and other cancers, Professor Ian Olver AM who specialises in psychosocial and translational research and Professor Eva Bezak’s industry leading predictive precision medicine computer modelling.

Professor Shudong Wang


Lifesaving new therapies for children with leukemia

Professor Ian Olver AM

Professor Ian Olver

Improved psychological care for cancer survivors

Professor Eva Bezak

Professor Ian Olver

Innovation to predict best treatment for cancers

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