$25 million for health genomics research in Queensland.
On 22 September this year the Queensland State Government Department of Health announced a $25 million grant to boost genomics research in Queensland, and to assist experts in their efforts to improve health care.
“Queensland is already leading the way in many areas of genetics and genomics – for instance in tackling superbugs and antibiotic resistance. This investment will place Queensland alongside world leaders in the use of genomics in healthcare.” Said Queensland Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick.
Over the next 5 years, the grant will fund a genomics research consortium consisting of various Queensland research institutions and health alliances, which is led by the University of Queensland. This consortium will unite teams of multidisciplinary researchers and clinicians committed to ensuring that genomics research in this state aligns with contemporary societal needs and that discoveries are translated seamlessly to improved patient care.
University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the funding will be used to increase engagement between diagnostic services and genomics researchers, and create a clinically driven and patient-focussed program of research to ensure Queensland is a part of a national diagnostic network.