Launch of the Gandel Genomics Centre to enable next generation health care

The new Gandel Genomics Centre, launched at Hudson Institute of Medical Research today (June 19) by Mr Frank McGuire, Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research, will play a vital role in transforming the future of Victorian healthcare.

L-R: Mrs Helen Gandel, Professor Bryan Williams, Mrs Lisa Thurin, Mrs Pauline Gandel, Mr Frank McGuire and Mr A.J. Thurin

The Gandel Genomics Centre will utilise world-leading technology capabilities at the Monash Health Translation Precinct and new scientific expertise to translate complex medical research data into faster and more effective diagnostic tests for Victorians.

“The centre will employ genomic specialists and bioinformaticians to translate genetic data enabling rapid diagnosis, early intervention and prevention and therapies targeted to individual needs,” said Hudson Institute Director, Professor Williams.

The unique co-location of the Centre within the precinct’s Translational Research Facility, where scientists and clinicians from Hudson Institute, Monash University and Monash Health work side-by-side, supported by world leading technology, will take genomics research in Victoria to the next level.

“Our researchers have access to a pipeline that enables their discoveries to reach patients in breakthrough time. This has been a long-term vision for us, and one that will see great benefits for our community,” said Professor Williams.

“State-of-the-art technologies will enable our scientists to identify precise genetic mutations in tumour biopsies taken from cancer patients. Using this information, we are then able to identify the best and most effective treatments for those patients,” Professor Williams said.

“We are extremely grateful to Gandel Philanthropy and the Gandel family for recognising the excellence of Hudson Institute’s genomic research capabilities and the future of genomics technologies,” said Professor Williams.

“Our vision for the Gandel Genomics Centre is that it becomes the premier site for genomic health research, recognised internationally for excellence and innovation,” said Professor Williams.

Mr John Gandel AC, Chair of Gandel Philanthropy, says he sees the life-changing potential of genomics technologies to transform healthcare.

“My wife, Pauline and I have been supporting genomics work at the Monash Health Translation Precinct and the Hudson Institute for over a decade,” said Mr John Gandel AC, Chair of Gandel Philanthropy.

“Helping set up this Centre to enable future significant research in genomics and precision medicine was a natural next step in our productive and fruitful relationship.”

Background

Gandel Philanthropy have supported genomics research capabilities at the Hudson Institute since 2005.

The Gandel Genomics Centre forms part of the broader Monash Health Translation Precinct (MHTP) Medical Genomics Facility – a recognised platform technologies leader in Australia, which provides services to over 400 researchers from the MHTP partners (Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Monash University and Monash Health), as well as the wider Victorian and national scientific communities.

The Facility is located within the new $87.5 million state-of-the-art Translational Research Facility (TRF), which opened in March 2016. The TRF co-locates researchers, clinicians, and technological platforms to facilitate collaborations between our scientists and clinical partners to accelerate and coordinate the translation of scientific breakthroughs and commercial developments.

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