The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute is located within the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Heidelberg, Melbourne. All our research activities are enhanced and supported by outstanding platform technologies, facilities and technical expertise within 5,500 sqm of state-of-the-art laboratories.

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We have a number of platform technologies and services that can be utilised by other Institutions and organisations.


Testing Services

Testing Services is provided by the Translational Genomics and Epigenomics Laboratory. NATA accredited services currently include: Plasma BRAF V600E/K mutation testing using droplet digital PCR Plasma EGFR T790M mutation testing using droplet digital PCR MGMT methylation testing (for brain cancers) MLH1 methylation testing (for colorectal and endometrial cancers) BRCA1 methylation testing (for breast and ovarian cancers)

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ACRF Centre for Translational Cancer Therapeutics and Imaging

The ACRF Centre was established for medical research and preclinical investigations through a $2million grant from the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. The ACRF Centre specialises in: PET MRI Imaging SPECT CT Imaging IVIS Spectrum Bioluminescent and Fluorescence Imaging

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ACRF Centre for Imaging the Tumour Environment

The ACRF Centre for Imaging the Tumour Environment is a state-of-the-art imaging centre established to understand how and why tumours corrupt the normal cells of the immediate micro-environment surrounding them. The technologies provided include: Confocal Microscopy Multiphoton Microscopy NanoString Molecular Barcoding

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VECTRA multi-spectral imaging platform

The Vectra Imaging platform is the first of its kind in Australia and was established through a grant from the Ian Potter Foundation. The Vectra platform allows researchers to examine a immune microenvironment and determine potential mechanisms by which a tumour may evade immune detection.

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Mammalian Protein Expression, Production and Purification Facility (MPEF)

The MPEF is a unique facility that can produce small to large amounts of high quality recombinant proteins and antibodies for use in medical research. Specialising in: Cell line development Biologics production Protein purification Protein analysis Protein characterisation

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