University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute

UniSA Cancer Research Institute

A community of ideas and innovation.

Based on 2010 statistics, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women are at risk of developing cancer before the age of 85.* In 2012, more than 43,000 Australians died from cancer, with blood cancers accounting for 20% of these deaths. While there are many risk factors including gender, age, lifestyle, exercise and genetics, a collaborative and holistic approach to cancer and health research is the key to improving treatments and finding possible cures.

From mid-2015, UniSA has been building a new $247m health and research facility to support a collaborative and holistic approach to health research. The new University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute, opening in 2018, is an integral part of Adelaide’s BioMed City on North Terrace, opening up a number of new cancer research, teaching and community engagement opportunities.

In 2013 UniSA launched its long-term strategic plan, Crossing the Horizon, including a commitment to be a prominent contributor in Adelaide’s BioMed City. This UniSA Cancer Research Institute delivers on this commitment, and will be home to our advanced cancer research, pharmacy teaching, and the community focused MOD., and the Innovation & Collaboration Centre.

For more information on building design, view the Design Presentation.

For more information on UniSA's campus projects read the Enterprising Spaces: Campus Projects 2015 - 2018 brochure.

Cancer research

UniSA Cancer Research Institute

Strategically aligned with cancer, one of the six research themes of the university, the University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute building supports our commitment to reducing the burden of cancer and its progression.

The name represents the inspiring research which will be undertaken in the building by more than 180 cancer researchers and 50 research students across eight levels of collaborative space. The building supports a collaborative and holistic approach to research about the prevention, diagnosis and impact of cancer, and its treatment on physical, psychosocial/spiritual and economic wellbeing. 

The UniSA Cancer Research Institute is home to the Centre for Cancer Biology (an alliance between SA Pathology and UniSA) along with the Centre for Drug Discovery and Development, and research groups in Experimental Therapeutics, Mechanisms in Cell Biology and Diseases, Bone Growth and Repair and, Psychosocial Oncology creating a significant concentration of cancer research to focus and accelerate breakthroughs.

The Federal Government contributed $40m toward forming the Centre for Cancer Biology. Since then, the Centre continues to provide world class cancer research.

You can support our brilliant teams by providing the resources to explore new ideas and develop new personalised means of preventing and treating cancer. When you give today, 100% of your donation will go directly to the researchers - with no admin fees or hidden costs.


  • Enterprising Spaces

    Enterprising Spaces Brochure Cover

    By 2018, UniSA will increase its engagement with local and global industries, enhance its current world-leading, relevant and informed research and produce more highly skilled and innovative graduates.

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  • Great Hall

    Architects impression of the Great Hall

    The Great Hall will be a one-stop shop for students and the local community, featuring a sports complex, swimming pool and facilities for graduations, exams, corporate and cultural events.

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  • Healthy futures

    Architects impression of the Health Innovation Building

    UniSA’s Health Innovation Building will be home to the Centre for Cancer Biology, the Science l Creativity l Education Studio (SciCEd) and an ICT Innovation and Collaboration Centre.

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Areas of study and research

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