Cancer

Weekend raises $3.5 million for cancer research and care

The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers raised $3.5 million in Brisbane in 2013. This amazing event drew 1,346 participants and is helping fund critical research and care at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Thank you to all the walkers, crew, volunteers and their supporters for helping make a such […]

Prevention is better than cure

Professor Adele Green spent much of her own childhood growing up in the tropics under the harsh Australian sun and regretfully admits to being a teenage “sun worshipper like everyone else” in the era before sun safety messages flooded the nation’s screens. While studying at the University of Queensland, her natural curiosity and dogged pursuit […]

Breast cancer test to give more accurate prognosis

A QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute scientist has discovered a new, more powerful predictor for aggressive breast cancers, which will give women a more accurate prognosis and ensure they are receiving the most effective treatment. Dr Fares Al-Ejeh has found new gene “signatures” which can predict survival rates in all breast cancer cases, and is […]

Christine’s battle with pancreatic cancer

Like many of the 2,000 people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year in Australia, 67 year-old Christine Lindsay had no idea anything was really wrong. After a bad bout of heartburn, she visited her GP. The cautious GP ordered an ultrasound and when the results came back, further tests were ordered. The follow-up CAT scan […]

Treatment for sun spots – gel for solar keratoses

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved Picato® gel as a topical treatment for solar keratoses, or sunspots, a precursor to the second most common type of skin cancer: squamous cell carcinoma. The gel is applied once a day for two or three days, depending on the area of the body treated. It is only […]

Poison to cure?

Poison to cure?

Australia is home to some of the world’s most venomous creatures: spiders, snakes and jellyfish with global infamy. But in a glorious irony, the properties that make these venoms so deadly are precisely what makes them a force for good in medicine. Dr John Miles, head of QIMR Berghofer’s Human Immunity Laboratory, says venoms are […]

Weekend makes huge strides for research

Weekend makes huge strides for research

In October 2013, QIMR Berghofer was overwhelmed by the support for the inaugural Weekend to End Women’s Cancers. 1,346 participants including our very own QIMR Berghofer team, created a sea of pink, purple and blue as they walked 60 kilometres through the streets of Brisbane. The Weekend raised $3.5 million, to support life-saving research programs […]