About

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, colo-rectal, pancreatic, neuroendocrine, gastric, esophageal and melanoma, but recalcitrant cancers – for which the standard of care has changed little over the last 30 years – is an emerging theme.

For more information about the UMCCR, please email umccr-admin@unimelb.edu.au

Sean Grimmond

Head of Centre

Professor Sean Grimmond is the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research founding Director and the Bertalli Chair in Cancer Medicine.

A pioneer in cancer genomics and bioinformatics, Sean previously led Australia’s International Cancer Genome Consortium efforts, and mapped out the root-causes and druggable strategies for pancreatic, neuroendocrine, ovarian, esophageal cancer, refractory chronic myeloid leukaemia and melanoma suffers. More recently he co-established a national plan for implementing whole genome sequencing for NHS Scotland as part of the Scottish Genomes Partnership.

Sean holds a PhD in Genetics from the University of Queensland and is a Scientific Fellow in The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. Sean’s previous appointments include Director of the Queensland Centre for Medical Genomics and Professor of Genomics at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland.

For more information, please refer to Sean’s Find an Expert link.