Working partners in sickness and in health

Partenrship: Ingham Institute Chairman, Terry Goldacre, with SWSLHD chief executive Amanda Larkin
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A great partnership between the Ingham Institute in Liverpooland South Western Sydney Local Health District(SWSLHD) will help to progressinnovative and ground-breaking advances in medical science which will benefit those who live inwestern Sydney and beyond.

The new partnership agreement with SWSLHDwill see medical researchers continue working hand-in-hand with hospitals and health services across the region as well as in Liverpool, Campbelltown, Bankstown, Fairfield and Bowral.

“This is something we hope our community will be excited about, and proud of,’’Ingham Institute chairmanTerry Goldacre said.

“Together with Western Sydney University and UNSW Australia the Ingham Institute forms a unique collaboration in Australia, with far-reaching benefits, not only for those experiencing ill-health today, but those in the future because it will enable us to discover further advances in treatment.”

SWSLHD chief executive Amanda Larkin added: “Having a world-class research institute on the doorstep meant staff were partnering in hundreds of projects and clinical trials.”

“This partnership agreement ensures the world class research being undertaken in south-western Sydney will continue well into the future.

“There are more than 200 clinical trials to find new ways for treating major health issues currentlyunder wayand the Ingham Institute is involved in most of them,” Ms Larkin said.

One such collaboration centres around one of the Ingham Institute’s newest technical innovations, a microscope – christened Merlin – that allows scientists to view the inside of a cancer cell down to its DNA.

With this equipment researchers will be able to get to the heart of why circulating tumour cells (CTCs) − the vehicles that cause mature cancer to spread − behave the way they do and find how best to kill them.

“The potential for vastly improving the quality of care and life expectancy of people struck with this disease thanks to collaborations like this one, give Amanda, myself and the hundreds of researchers and medical professionals across the Ingham Institute and SWSLHD much hope for what we can achieve in the future,” Mr Goldacre said.

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