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Our Story

"The PA Research Foundation funds world class research into deadly and debilitating disease. Since 1984 it has invested more than 20 million dollars into cutting edge research and equipment. This has made the PA campus one of the most energetic research precincts in the nation.
With the opening of the Translational Research Institute, up to 600 researchers call PA home. Together these researchers will investigate disease prevention, early detection, treatment and cures. It is time to plan for the future, PA funded discoveries will grow medical research well beyond our lifetime.
Be part of the next great breakthrough of medical research, you could save the life of someone you know and love. See the light, give the gift that keeps on giving. The power is in your hands."

Prof Ian Frazer.

Everyday countless Australian lives of both the young and old are lost to serious health conditions, many of which could be prevented by early diagnosis, better health care and treatment alternatives.

At the PA Research Foundation we are all about doing just this; saving lives to create a healthy world for all - by working hand in hand with the community to create opportunities to bring amazing health and medical breakthroughs to life.

Based at the PA Hospital, the Southern Hemispheres leading precinct for medical discoveries, we are home to some of the world's most outstanding medical achievements. None more so than pioneering the world's first cancer vaccine, Gardasil, which is saving millions of lives across the globe and is widely regarded as THE major milestone in the fight against cancer.

Tackling our biggest health problems are our 600 researchers working at the forefront of the major health challenges we face as a nation.

PA Research Foundation Strategic Plan 2012 - 2017

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Our Team

Damian Topp
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Alex Gregg
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