New $80m hi-tech hope to fight cancer

World-leading genomic cancer profiling and treatments will be available in South Australia for the first time at a new $80 million research institute in the city.

Hailed as a revolution in fighting the deadly disease in our state, the South Australian immunoGENomics Cancer Institute will target breakthrough discoveries and new tests and procedures for adults and children. It will be housed in the SAHMRI2 building, which is set to open on North Tce in 2021.

A brain drain of scientists and researchers leaving SA is also expected to be stemmed by the Cancer Institute training doctors in new research disciplines.

It comes as SA researchers announce a study that will grow brain cells in a dish to fast-track testing of drugs in the race to cure a terminal form of childhood dementia.