Seed Funding Leads to $4M Grant


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Seed funding from St Vincent’s Research Clinic Foundation paved the way for a $4 million grant from Movember and the Australian Government. 

Each year in Australia, more than 24,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the country.

We acknowledge the groundbreaking advances in diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer at St Vincent’s – and the incredible work of our people like grant recipient, Professor Louise Emmett, Director of Theranostics and Nuclear Medicine at St Vincent’s Sydney.

Professor Emmett’s work with PSMA-PET scans – a groundbreaking imaging test to detect prostate cancer – has been instrumental in developing more accurate methods of detection and treatment, picking up and targeting tumors where other types of scans may miss them.

St Vincent’s has conducted a multi-site clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of a new treatment protocol for men with metastatic prostate cancer. The results, published in The Lancet, showed that participants are living longer with significant improvements in pain and fewer adverse side effects.

Click the link to watch the full story on Nine News: Drug trial offers prostate cancer patients new hope (

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St Vincent’s Clinic Research Foundation was instrumental in getting this grant and making this trial happen. We had to find $1million in co-funding over 5 weeks in order to submit the Movember/ Federal government grant that ultimately ran this trial.  The trial is very positive and serves as an amazing success story for the Foundation highlighting the importance of seed funding.Professor Louise Emmett