Led by Professor Sean Grimmond, the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research (UMCCR) aims to foster innovation and integration in cancer care, research, education and training to achieve a world-leading cancer centre and workforce. It brings together leading cancer researchers from across the University to enable collaboration that ultimately results in improved outcomes for cancer patients.
The UMCCR focuses on improving the molecular detection and diagnosis of cancer, improving therapeutic decisions for patients through computational oncology, and enabling innovative programs in personalised cancer care.
Based at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC), the UMCCR facilitates the sharing of infrastructure and supports collaboration within the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct and the wider VCCC alliance.
The UMCCR works in a wide variety of cancers including breast, ovarian, prostate, colorectal, pancreatic, neuroendocrine, gastric, oesophageal and melanoma, but recalcitrant cancers – for which the standard of care has changed little over the last 30 years – is an emerging theme.