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Our research programs

Our researchers are investigating and developing treatments for a broad spectrum of cancer types.

Researchers at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre are committed to making scientific discoveries that benefit patients living with cancer. 

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Our research programs

At the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute we are uniquely positioned within a hospital, meaning we can focus on a broad spectrum of cancer types. Our laboratories are directly opposite patient wards, so our researchers can see the impact their research is making and accelerate learning between the bench and the bedside.

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CANCER AND INFLAMMATION PROGRAM

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CANCER IMMUNOBIOLOGY PROGRAM

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GASTROINTESTINAL CANCERS PROGRAM

We are seeking to understand the biological causes of cancers of the colon (bowel), biliary tract and stomach so that new treatments can be developed for these diseases. We aim to identify and target the major “pro-survival” proteins in these tumours and are testing if drugs that target the “epigenome” can prevent the growth and spread of these cancers.

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TRANSLATIONAL BREAST CANCER PROGRAM

We seek to reduce breast cancer deaths that are mainly caused by the spread of the disease to other organs. We can track cancer cells as they move through the bloodstream, interact with normal host cells and grow in other tissues. A mechanistic understanding of how cells leave the primary breast tumour and travel to tissues, such as those of the lung and bone, is enabling us to identify new genes for development of targeted therapies that will help patients with advanced breast cancer.

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Tumour Targeting Program

Our program collectively focuses on the targeting, molecular imaging and treatment of tumours, as well as exploring mechanisms of targeted therapy resistance and receptor-based signaling pathways responsible for cancer cell growth.

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