University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute

UniSA Cancer Research Institute

A community of ideas and innovation.

Fly-through Presentation

Based on 2010 statistics, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women are at risk of developing cancer before the age of 85.* In 2012, more than 43,000 Australians died from cancer, with blood cancers accounting for 20% of these deaths. While there are many risk factors including gender, age, lifestyle, exercise and genetics, a collaborative and holistic approach to cancer and health research is the key to improving treatments and finding possible cures.

From mid-2015, UniSA has been building a new $247m health and research facility to support a collaborative and holistic approach to health research. The new University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute, opening in 2018, is an integral part of Adelaide’s BioMed City on North Terrace, opening up a number of new cancer research, teaching and community engagement opportunities.

atrium, HIB       HIB, internal, foyer

In 2013 UniSA launched its long-term strategic plan, Crossing the Horizon, including a commitment to be a prominent contributor in Adelaide’s BioMed City. This UniSA Cancer Research Institute delivers on this commitment, and will be home to our advanced cancer research, pharmacy teaching, and the community focused MOD., and the Innovation & Collaboration Centre.

 For more information on building design, view the Design Presentation.

For more information on UniSA's campus projects read the Enterprising Spaces: Campus Projects 2015 - 2018 brochure.

Building Features

Cancer research

UniSA Cancer Research Institute

Strategically aligned with cancer, one of the six research themes of the university, the University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute building supports our commitment to reducing the burden of cancer and its progression.

The name represents the inspiring research which will be undertaken in the building by more than 180 cancer researchers and 50 research students across eight levels of collaborative space. The building supports a collaborative and holistic approach to research about the prevention, diagnosis and impact of cancer, and its treatment on physical, psychosocial/spiritual and economic wellbeing. 

The UniSA Cancer Research Institute is home to the Centre for Cancer Biology (an alliance between SA Pathology and UniSA) along with the Centre for Drug Discovery and Development, and research groups in Experimental Therapeutics, Mechanisms in Cell Biology and Diseases, Bone Growth and Repair and, Psychosocial Oncology creating a significant concentration of cancer research to focus and accelerate breakthroughs.

The Federal Government contributed $40m toward forming the Centre for Cancer Biology. Since then, the Centre continues to provide world class cancer research.

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science teaching

From 2018, our second and third year pharmacy and pharmaceutical science students will be based at City West campus and in the Health Innovation Building. Students will learn in the new, state-of-the-art, purpose built laboratory and use the latest technologies in ultra-modern teaching spaces, alongside health and medical researchers.

With 50 years’ experience in pharmacy education, we offer South Australia’s only pharmacy degree and only double degree in pharmacy and pharmaceutical science. UniSA is also one of only four Australian university members of the prestigious National Alliance for Pharmacy Education.


MOD. is a futuristic museum of discovery, a place to be and be inspired. By offering immersive experiences within dynamic, changing exhibition programs, MOD. will explore the inherent creativity in problem-solving, and consider how research shapes our understanding of the world to inform future possibilities.

The purpose of MOD. is to nurture observation, discovery and learning so that young people can find pathways to contribute to the creation of prosperous, equitable and sustainable futures.

MOD. will build a greater understanding of the role of science in our lives and inspire young people to continue to connect with science, technology, engineering, art/design and mathematics.  It will be a window into the university and state’s research and innovation activities and a venue for a range of public, community or industry events around science, creativity and innovation.

UniSA Cancer Research InstituteInnovation & Collaboration Centre:

The Innovation & Collaboration Centre is a strategic venture between UniSA, DXC Technology and the South Australian Government. This Centre will provide a unique environment where UniSA, South Australian businesses, industry organisations and DXC will engage and collaborate to explore new ideas for ICT business and products.

For more information visit the Innovation and Collaboration Centre page. 

Building Partners

Construction of the UniSA Cancer Research Institute began in 2015. The building is scheduled to be completed early 2018. The building project team includes a diverse and high performing group of organisations. For a full list of organisations working on this project, visit the Building Partners page.

  • Enterprising Spaces

    Enterprising Spaces Brochure Cover

    By 2018, UniSA will increase its engagement with local and global industries, enhance its current world-leading, relevant and informed research and produce more highly skilled and innovative graduates.

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  • Great Hall

    Architects impression of the Great Hall

    The Great Hall will be a one-stop shop for students and the local community, featuring a sports complex, swimming pool and facilities for graduations, exams, corporate and cultural events.

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  • Healthy futures

    Architects impression of the Health Innovation Building

    UniSA’s Health Innovation Building will be home to the Centre for Cancer Biology, the Science l Creativity l Education Studio (SciCEd) and an ICT Innovation and Collaboration Centre.

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Areas of study and research

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