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Christina Buckridge
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cmb@unimelb.edu.au
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The University of Melbourne has welcomed the announcement today of major Commonwealth and State funding to create a world leading comprehensive cancer centre in Melbourne.

The University is a partner in the $1 billion Parkville Comprehensive Cancer Centre (Parkville CCC) with the Peter MacCallum Hospital, Melbourne Health which includes the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, and the Royal Women’s Hospital.

At the University of Melbourne today, Victorian Premier John Brumby and Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon announced the joint funding totalling $852.2 million for the Parkville CCC. The remainder will be funded from the sale of surplus government land, the private sector and philanthropic donations. The University will contribute $25 million to the project.

The Parkville CCC will be built on the site of the former dental hospital in Grattan Street, Parkville.

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis says the generous funding from both the Commonwealth and Victorian governments will enable the partner organisations to create a world-class centre for cancer research, education and treatment in Australia.

“With its critical mass of cancer expertise, the Parkville CCC will be a powerful tool in the fight against cancer. The University of Melbourne is delighted to be part of this exciting venture which is truly a project of national significance."

The Parkville CCC follows in the tradition of leading cancer centres around the world which have grown out of partnerships of hospitals, universities and research institutes –
• the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre at the Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in New York,
• the M D Anderson Cancer Centre at the University of Texas,
• the Kimmel Cancer Centre at Thomas Jefferson University; and
• the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Centre at Vanderbilt University.

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Professor James Angus, says building enduring partnerships is a major plank in the Faculty’s strategy.

“This landmark joint venture will benefit all Victorians. It will enable the University of Melbourne, as a public spirited institution to use its research and educational resources to enhance this great project.”

For the University of Melbourne, the Parkville Comprehensive Cancer Centre is a truly integrated approach to cancer, bringing together the University’s research, clinical expertise and teaching and learning in cancer to the Parkville Precinct.

Professor Angus points out that by creating a critical mass of intellectual and practical endeavour, the Parkville CCC will attract and retain world-class researchers and draw the best and the brightest to study and train in cancer at the University of Melbourne.

The University of Melbourne is already renowned as Australia’s leading biomedical enterprise, training more health professionals, and attracting more nationally competitive grants for biomedical research than any other Australian university

“This exciting development will ensure that we harness the University’s intellectual strength to continue to improve the outcomes for people with cancer,” Professor Angus said.