Queensland Institute of Medical Research is one of 17 recipients that will be sharing $42 million in medical research funding from the federal government.
The institute has researchers that are studying the cause of esophagus cancer, where $2.4 million was granted by the government to search for a treatment of the cancer.
Esophagus cancer kills around 70 per cent of the people who contract the disease within five years of the diagnosis, with minister of health Tanya Plibersek saying that the cancer is found in 1,000 Australians every year.
"The Queensland researchers, world leaders in their field, are looking at possible causes of the disease, such as alcohol consumption, as well as the human genome, as they search for a treatment that can effectively target the cancer," said Ms Plibersek.
The other share of the $42 million in medical research funding will go toward finding nutritional answers to major diseases, the reduction of child food allergies and "cost-effective personalised medicine in breast cancer" among others.
Families of those who have esophagus cancer may want to ensure that their loved one is covered by private health insurance, to ensure that they get the treatment and care that is needed.