2007 – 2008 Annual Report

Highlights from the year are outlined below:

  • Using microarray analysis, identified with 93 per cent accuracy those patients whose primary malignant bone tumour would metastasise (spread) to the lung
  • Defined sub-groups of invasive lobular carcinomas of the breast using new diagnostic/ prognostic markers
  • Discovered biomarkers of healing in chronic wound fluid that can be used as therapeutic targets
  • Found that a novel form of immunotherapy for patients with malignant brain tumours is safe and effective
  • Found that women with asymptomatic upper genital tract infections had worse assisted reproductive outcomes than non-infected women
  • Found that (the less invasive) sentinel node biopsy is just as accurate as traditional surgery at determining if breast cancer has spread, and has a much lower risk of serious complications
  • The WRI Tissue Bank collected 799 cancer specimens and 938 blood samples to be used for cancer research
  • The WRI Clinical Trials Centre received 74 clinical trial proposals and participated in 30
  • The official launch of WRI’s Asbestos Research Group on 11 June 2008 and the appointment of Karen Banton, widow of mesothelioma victim and campaigner Bernie Banton, as its Patron
  • The start of construction of WRI’s 1300m² Health and Medical Research Centre within The Wesley Hospital’s new East Wing development
  • The appointment of Seven News presenter Rod Young as WRI’s official Ambassador
  • The commencement of WRI’s administration of Hannah’s Chance Foundation
  • The beginning of the unique partnership with Scouts Queensland which will see the 10,000 Scouts across the state raise valuable funds during their centenary year to fund medical research at WRI
  • The production of WRI’s new Community Service Announcement which is being exclusively screened on Channel Seven free of charge
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