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Research impact

PA Research Foundation has been committed to transformational health research since our inception in 1984. 

The PA Research Foundation proudly celebrates a history of supporting ground-breaking medical research with a bench to bedside focus; most notably, awarding seed funding to Professor Ian Frazer to help support his early research, which ultimately led to the discovery of the world's first cancer vaccine, Gardasil.

Professor Ian Frazer's research led to the discovery of the world's first cancer vaccine, Gardasil.

The Gardasil vaccine has since saved millions of lives globally and is on track to eliminate cervical cancer in Australia. Gardasil is widely regarded as the major milestone in the fight against cancer.

We were integral supporters of the liver research of Professor Russell Strong which led to the first ever transplant of a cut down liver from a deceased adult male to a six month old baby girl in a procedure now known as ‘The Brisbane Technique’. The technique is now used in approximately 75 per cent of all children requiring a transplant.

As well as our established track record of supporting young researchers and clinicians to conduct novel medical research we have also supported transformational research into prostate cancer, bladder cancer, head and neck cancer, skin cancer and melanoma.

This includes over a decade of support for the melanoma research of the University of Queensland’s Dermatology Research Centre, as well as several years of support for the combination therapy studies of The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute’s Simpson Lab, research that is showing promising signs for its ability to treat cancer.