Our vision is to improve the lives of all people impacted by cancer by delivering evidence-based practice in diagnosis, intervention, and support.


Cancer is one of the world’s greatest health challenges. There is much to do to advance the prevention, treatment and cure of this deadly disease. UNSW Medicine & Health’s cancer research aims to improve the outcome of high mortality ‘wicked’ cancers—where the responses to current medicine and procedures are yet to change.

We help turn scientific discoveries into cures. The expertise of our internationally recognised clinicians, researchers, and educators spans the basic sciences, clinical trials, implementation research, public health, and health services research.

3D medical illustration of a cancer cell with a target on it


Cancer affects half the global population before the age of 80. Our research has and continues to advance medicine and transform the outlook for cancer patients. This includes better treatment options and survival rates, which has so far helped hundreds of thousands of people in NSW and Australia to either outlast cancer or survive with it.


We improve the survival and quality of life for all people affected by cancer by working through our key areas of focus with clinically informed research. Our findings are relevant to real-world health challenges and can be rapidly implemented to improve outcomes.

By working with consumers, government and non-government organisations, charities and industry, our research teams leverage, target and scale our current and developing strengths to achieve significant breakthroughs.

Female medical scientist peering down a microscope as she holds two test tubes


The work under our Cancer research theme includes leading international research in clinical trials. This includes Australia’s first Molecular Screening and Trials in rare cancers and other large-scale investigator-driven international Phase 2/3 studies.

Through the Garvan Research Institute Illumina XTen facility, we’re discovering new genes associated with cancer risk and progression. Identifying these genes will lead to new preventative and therapeutic targets.

The Australian MRI-Linac based at the Ingham Institute is a world-first research and technology project that will redefine and improve radiation treatment for cancer.

We host outstanding clinical facilities that deliver complex services to difficult and rare cancer cases. Through our involvement with United Nations agencies, such as the World Health Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency, we are established leaders in the global fight for cancer control.

A/Prof Caroline Ford

Associate Professor Caroline Ford is bringing awareness to the deadliest form of cancer in women: ovarian cancer. Every day, four Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer while three women will die from it.

Cancer Newsletter

We work closely with the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) on a fortnightly newsletter. Subscribe to receive information on grants, events and news from a combined cancer research network extending beyond UNSW Medicine & Health.

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Initiatives & Funding

Current initiatives in place to support research in the Cancer theme, including how to apply and the deadlines for applications.

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Governance & Contacts

Our Strategic Advisory Group for Cancer research includes leadership from clinicians, academics and the SPHERE network.

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