Grant helps vac­cine tri­als

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

THE Na­tional Health and Med­i­cal Re­search Coun­cil has awarded can­cer re­searcher Pro­fes­sor Bruce Robin­son and his team a $2.5 mil­lion grant for a vac­cine to shrink can­cer­ous tu­mours.

The UWA Medicine and Phar­ma­col­ogy School pro­fes­sor said the vac­cine planned to roll out hu­man tri­als within a year.

“Our aim is to dis­cover th­ese mu­ta­tions us­ing mod­ern DNA se­quenc­ing meth­ods then to in­tro­duce vac­cines con­tain­ing the can­cer mu­ta­tions into an­other part of the body to force the im­mune sys­tem to ‘wake up’ and go on the at­tack, and to shrink a tu­mour,” he said. “We are ad­min­is­ter­ing such vac­cines to an­i­mals and this grant will al­low us to progress and work out the best meth­ods of vac­cine de­sign and de­liv­ery for hu­man tri­als.”

Pro­fes­sor Bruce Robin­son was awarded a grant for re­search.

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