The world’s best practice and expertise in paediatric health, research and innovations will now be shared with Victorian researchers, with our state joining forces with Boston's healthcare leaders.

The Victorian Government has advanced two historic partnership agreements with Boston’s Harvard affiliated Teaching Hospital, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Boston Children’s Hospital.

The agreements build on an existing agreement made in 2016 between Dana-Farber, and Victoria’s Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, both world leaders in cancer research, prevention, treatment and care.

Victorian medical researchers and healthcare professionals will be partnering with world-leading experts in cancer and paediatric health in Boston, USA to improve access to the latest medical breakthroughs for Victorian patients.

Peter MacCallum senior research fellow, Dr Elaine Sanij will be the first scientist to take part in the exchange program at Dana-Farber, where she'll establish collaborations with world-leaders in DNA repair therapies in ovarian cancer, helping Melbourne's own trial of CX-5461 at Peter Mac, and advancing Australian research in this area.

Earlier this month, Dr Sanji received a High Commendation in Peter Mac’s Lea Award, which recognises emerging female researchers in their early to mid-career, and provides support to take part in career advancement opportunities. Dr Sanji will receive $10,000 to contribute towards her travel to Boston later this year.

In addition, a number of concrete actions under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Boston Children’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne were also agreed.

The world’s best practice and expertise in paediatric health, collaboration on research, exchange programs and innovations will now be shared with Victorian researchers.

These projects were finalised as part of a delegation to the USA to strengthen international ties between Victoria and some of the world’s most prestigious health and medical research institutions.

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Medical research and pharmaceuticals trade mission to BIO 2018, Boston

Victorian Government, through Global Victoria, will be leading a trade mission to the 2018 BIO International Convention.

Medical researchers with novel programs and assets or technologies, and pharmaceutical companies and research organisations wishing to connect with the Boston Biotech Community are encouraged to apply.

Find out more details, and how to apply