A new $185 million research facility at Australia's oldest medical research institute, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, was officially opened in Melbourne yesterday (November 22).
Premier of Victoria Ted Baillieu was joined by parliamentary secretary for health and ageing Catherine King, cancer survivors who benefitted from an institute discovery and staff of the institute in the facility's opening.
The institute's multi-million dollar redevelopment includes a new personalised medicine research centre, clinical translation centre and volunteer blood donor registry.
Australia's first research centre dedicated to matching disease treatments to an individual's genetic makeup, the Ian Potter Centre for Genomics and Personalised Medicine, is one feature included in the building.
The centre is aimed at studying diseases so that treatments can be tailored specifically to people, said Walter and Eliza Institute director professor Doug Hilton.
"Personalised medicine is the future of medical treatment," Professor Hilton said.
"One of our key focuses is to deliver discoveries that improve lives here in Australia and globally. We are delighted to have the first facility in Australia dedicated to personalised medicine."
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