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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek visit APCRC-Q

Following the Australian Government’s announcement of $6.2m additional funding for the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre – Queensland in May, the Centre welcomed Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek during their visit to the Translational Research Institute (TRI) on Monday 19 August.

Prior to holding a press conference, Mr Rudd and Ms Plibersek donned white coats and toured the APCRC-Q laboratory.

In addition to meeting with researchers, the Prime Minister and Health Minister were shown some of the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that the TRI has to offer. As part of the tour, Dr Mike Doran’s group presented the PM with a 3D-printed DNA Helix.

During his speech, the Prime Minister mentioned how impressed he was by the new research facilities at TRI and emphasised the importance of the work conducted by the various research groups within the Institute.

He also spoke of the value of the on-site pharmaceutical production facility, which enables TRI researchers to rapidly manufacture and test various drugs for efficacy – thereby facilitating and accelerating the process of translating research findings into tangible outcomes for patients.

Prof Colleen Nelson, APCRC-Q’s Executive Director, welcomed the opportunity to showcase the Centre’s research activities. “It was a pleasure to meet the Prime Minister and Health Minister during their visit to TRI” she said. “We are greatly encouraged by their recognition of the importance of our work and their support of our future efforts.”

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek