Curing Cancer: Are we nearly there yet?


US President Richard Nixon said in his 1971 State of the Union address “I will also ask for an appropriation of an extra $100 million to launch an intensive campaign to find a cure for cancer, and I will ask later for whatever additional funds can effectively be used. The time has come in America when the same kind of concentrated effort that split the atom and took man to the moon should be turned toward conquering this dread disease. Let us make a total national commitment to achieve this goal.”

Despite a huge effort in the US and in many countries throughout the world ever since that time, that goal remains elusive. How much longer will it take? In this public lecture, Professor Roger Reddel will describe some of the advances that have been made in understanding and treating cancer, and what still needs to be done.

About the Speaker

Professor Roger Reddel

Professor Roger Reddel is one of Australia’s leading cancer researchers. He is Director of Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI), and the Sir Lorimer Dods Professor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. He also heads CMRI's Cancer Research Unit, and directs CellBank Australia.

Roger completed his medical degree at the University of Sydney and then a PhD in cancer cell biology at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. He moved to the US where he worked at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, before returning to Australia.

He has won numerous awards including the Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research in 2007, was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2010, and in 2011 received the NSW Premier's Award for Outstanding Cancer Researcher of the Year. Professor Reddel is a director of Cure Cancer Australia Foundation. He serves on editorial boards of a number of international cancer research journals, and on national and international scientific advisory panels.

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Duration 45:05 - Lecture begins at 02:20
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