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What is precision medicine?

Thanks to the extraordinary advances in how we collect and understand biological data, we are moving away from a one-size-fits all approach in medicine. Fast paced research is driving our increasing ability to tailor treatment and prevention strategies to the individual – this is known as precision medicine.

Precision medicine focuses on using information about a person’s genes, proteins, physiology and environment. Genomic sequencing and other ‘omics’ such as transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics, as well as imaging, biosensory, and other physiological information.

This combined with clinical databases and highly accurate preclinical models is driving the novel discoveries advancing precision medicine.


Precision medicine research at Cabrini

At Cabrini, we are pursuing research which will ensure precision medicine and better outcomes become a reality for more patients. Our aim is to bridge basic and clinical cancer research with the goal of improving cancer diagnoses, treatment, and prevention.

Cabrini researchers are working together with research laboratories at Monash University to develop preclinical models which accurately represent biological complexity of individual patient tumours.

We prospectively maintain a large number of cancer databases which provide a powerful source of clinical information to support ongoing research questions in the laboratory and the clinic.

Our researchers are developing organoid and spheroid models for breast and colorectal cancer, and in vivo xenograft models for prostate cancer. Together with tissue slice assays and tissue microarray platforms they help;

  • to investigate the biological differences between tumours
  • to understand the mechanisms driving chemoresistance
  • to predict which patients will respond to treatments
  • to identify biological markers for novel therapy development.

Cabrini research departments involved in precision medicine

Our researchers and clinicians work across multiple research departments pursuing research in the area of precision medicine to ensure better outcomes become a reality for more patients. Discover the world-class research being led by our research departments.