A $100million fund to defeat brain cancer has been welcomed by Northern Senator Ian Macdonald, acknowledging the loss of a dear friend and northern champion, the late Noeline Ikin, who passed away earlier this year from the disease.
“I am very keen to encourage support for brain cancer research, particularly having experienced its devastating impact on my friend, a very talented lady, the late Noeline Ikin,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Further research and funding will of course not help Noeline, but it may help others.
“This insidious disease robbed the people of north-west Queensland of a champion and this further support for research will in my mind be dedicated to Noeline.”
The Australian Brain Cancer Mission is a partnership between the Federal Government, philanthropists, medical experts, patients and their families.
In the long term, its goal is to defeat brain cancer through world-wide collaboration. A key objective is to ensure every patient, adult and child in Australia has the opportunity to participate in clinical trials.
Initially, the Turnbull Government is providing $50million through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), combined with $10million from the Minderoo Foundation’s Eliminate Cancer Initiative and a commitment of $20million from the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.
The Government will match every donation up to $50million to support the Mission, Senator Macdonald said.
The Mission builds on a number of Government initiatives including a $13 million clinical trial grant program with a focus on rare cancers, a commitment to establishing the southern hemisphere’s first proton beam therapy facility in South Australia, $20million for the Zero Childhood Cancer initiative, and the brain cancer clinical trial AIM BRAIN.