Additional funding for research in western Sydney

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Assistant minister for industry, innovation and science, Craig Laundy, has lauded a cancer research collaboration being undertaken in western Sydney.

According to the minister, the Ingham Institute, a member of the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (known as SPHERE), brings together leading researchers to develop solutions to medical problems. 

It makes use of an MRI machine with a linear accelerator (MRI-LINAC) radiotherapy system so clinicians can see cancers in real time and focus precisely treatment on malignant cells while sparing surrounding tissue and organs.

This pioneering system, based at Liverpool Hospital, is only one of few in the world..  

This initiative has been funded in part by the Australian Government, including a recent $7 million grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council. 

Minister Laundy also confirmed SPHERE will receive $225,000 from the Medical Research Future Fund’s Rapid Applied Research Translation program. 

He said it was an example of the importance of Australian research collaborations and related medical discoveries.

"Our researchers are among the world’s best and collaborations, like those at SPHERE, will produce life-changing results that make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of Australians," he said.