Recently, we proudly welcomed the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Federal Minister for Health, to officially open our new Sarcoma and Surgical Research Centre.
This hub brings together clinicians and scientists from diverse disciplines and has enormous potential to transform outcomes for people with cancer.
It’s home to Australia’s only high-performance polymer 3D printer – the only one of five in the world. This technology is able to print in PEEK, a high load-bearing polymer used in the aeronautical industry. Treatment for sarcoma often requires the surgical removal of bone and PEEK’s strength makes it ideal for creating bone replacement implants for areas such as the jaw or pelvis and causes no reaction with a patient’s body.
The centre also houses a new lab specially designed for growing and analysing live microorganisms, which offers incredible potential for the development of new drugs and treatments.
‘The results of sarcoma can be catastrophic in terms of lives lost and lives debilitated,” said Mr Hunt. “Chris O’Brien Lifehouse offers a pathway through both hope and vision, to save, protect and improve lives.”
This centre was made possible due to a generous grant from the Federal Government. We could not have achieved this grant without the support of donors like you, whose generosity laid the groundwork needed to attract federal government recognition.