The Liberal National Government has announced it is investing
$10 million in research that will help use a person's DNA and their
environment to help create personalised medicine for a multitude of
medical conditions including obesity, autism, and type 2
The funding will go to the Perth-based Australian National
Phenome Centre at Murdoch University, which is set to revolutionise
the diagnosis, prevention and precision treatment of numerous
Precision and personalised medicine promises to transform the
way we practice medicine.
A person's phenome is a snapshot of their unique biology that
results from complex interactions between their DNA and their
environment, which includes factors relating to diet, lifestyle and
exposure to pollutants.
Analysing these biological "fingerprints" helps researchers
better understand the underlying causes of disease and ultimately
to develop personalised therapies and treatments.
Using the Australian National Phenome Centre's sophisticated
range of cutting-edge technologies, researchers plan to map the
phenomes of large sections of the population, giving them a window
into environmental and social factors influencing health trends and
providing generations with a "crystal ball" to look into their
future health risks.
Researchers will have a particular focus on the detection,
treatment and prevention of obesity, autism, and type 2 diabetes
among children and the Australian Indigenous population.
The Australian National Phenome Centre is Australia's first
dedicated metabolic phenotyping laboratory and a hub within an
international network of compatible centres.
In addition, Western Australia provides a unique, contained
population to collect such information from and has a history of
successful population studies.
The Centre brings together all five Western Australian
universities and leading health and medical research institutes:
the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Murdoch
University, University of Notre Dame Australia and Edith Cowan
This funding comes from our Government's landmark Medical
Research Future Fund.
The Medical Research Future Fund is an endowment fund, which
will mature at $20 billion, providing a sustainable source of
funding for vital medical research.
It is the single largest boost in health and medical research
funding in Australia's history.
Our Government's strong economic management means we can make
sure more patients have access to more life-saving medicines and
medical research that will save lives.