NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The University of Queensland announced today that it has received a A$25 million ($17.7 million) government grant to support the translation of genomics research into clinical practice.
"Not only will this grant encourage world-class research coming out of Queensland, but it also has the potential to make the health system considerably more efficient," Australia's Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick said in a statement.
The university said it will receive A$5 million a year for five years and use the money to establish a genomics research consortium with the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, the Queensland University of Technology, and Queensland Health.
"This alliance will bring together researcher organizations and healthcare clinicians across Queensland, ensuring that research and resources are shared," University of Queensland Vice Chancellor Peter Hoj said in the statement. "It will help translate genomics research into practice in the healthcare industry," particularly in the area of diagnostics.