Monday December 11 2006

What we can do to prevent cancer

Ian Frazer, 2006 Australian of the Year

It is now recognised that infections by viruses and bacteria cause 25% of all cancers. Our challenge for the 21st century will be to ensure that a better understanding of cancer control is equitably applied across the planet, facilitating bridgebuilding between communities in the way that has been achieved through immunisation against infection. Basic and clinical cancer research has a great future, limited only by the availability of human and material resources.

  • Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Venue: Ithaca auditorium, City Hall
  • Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies following the talk, and Ian will be available to answer any questions.
  • Questions? Contact Jennifer (0408 796 357 or

Professor Frazer holds a personal chair as head of the Centre for Immunology and Cancer Research, a research institute of the University of Queensland at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. He is a director of a biotechnology start up company, Coridon, and he advises the WHO and the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation on papillomavirus vaccines. He also recently won the 2005 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science.