History

 

The following is a timeline of Discoveries and Achievements at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in conjunction with PA Research Foundation funds.

Year

Achievement

1984

PA Research Foundation established

1985

Australia's first successful liver transplant led by Professor Russell Strong

1986

PA Hospital pioneers split liver donor transplant technique – now known world-wide as the "Brisbane Technique"

1987

  • Artificial cornea research and development commenced
  • Professor Ian Hardie develops new methods for preserving donor organs

1989

  • PA Research Foundation commences funding cervical cancer vaccine research by Prof Ian Frazer.
  • The Queensland Liver Transplant Team performed the world's first live donor liver transplant

1994

Professor Ranjeny Thomas receives the 1st of 10 funding grants to commence research into Rheumatoid Arthritis

1996

Research into blood oxygen levels relating to altitude sickness by Dr John Taske

1998

Professor Michael Roberts develops a safer, more effective aspirin providing better treatment for stroke patients

2001

  • Opening of the new Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH)
  • Professor Marjory Green discovers a protein that may prevent transplant rejection.

2002

  • Diamantina Research Centre opens on PAH campus
  • World's first single segment liver transplant performed on a baby just 24 days old.
  • World's first clinical trial on spinal cord regeneration by transplanting nasal cells into the spinal cord.

2003

  • PAH transplant team involved in Australia's first heart/lung/liver transplant
  • Successful conclusion of cervical cancer vaccine trials—100% efficacy against HPV virus.
  • PA Researcher Professor Alan Mackay-Sims named Queenslander of the year

2005

  • World-first clinical trial for new and successful approaches to melanoma treatment.
  • Australia's first keyhole spinal tumour removal revolutionises spinal surgery.
  • Dr Sandro Porceddu leads world-first skin cancer trial into cancers of the head and neck region

2006

  • Cervical cancer vaccine released.
  • Professor Ian Frazer named Australian of the Year.

2007

  • Prof Matt Brown identifies two genes linked with inflammatory arthritis.
  • Clinical trials commence on rheumatoid arthritis vaccine developed by Professor Ranjeny Thomas

2008

  • Major advances in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment by Prof Colleen Nelson
  • World-leading research commenced into Multiple Sclerosis genetics by Prof Matt Brown
  • Test developed for children at risk of Type I Diabetes.
  • Foundation-funded researchers Dr Devinder Gill and Prof Nigel McMillan discover two Leukaemia growth factors

2009

  • Development commences for Translational Research Institute on PAH campus
  • National Prostate Cancer Research Centre established.

2010

Circulating tumour cell test system installed at PAH - an Australian first

2011

  • Molecular imaging service opened for more effective cancer targeting
  • First public hospital in Australia with pharmacy automation system

2012

  • The Queensland Centre of Excellence for Head and Neck Cancer (QCEHNC) opened
  • Reliance on cardiac medication reduced through PA Research Foundation funded research.

2013

  • Translational Research Institute officially opened on PAH campus

2014

  • Foundation 30th Anniversary