Peter MacCallum Centre Winter Lab Tour

Peter MacCallum Centre Winter Lab Tour

Cure Cancer Australia and the Can Too Foundation were delighted to host their Winter Lab Tour 2017 at Melbourne’s Peter MacCallum Centre last Thursday 10th August.

Cure Cancer Australia researchers and staff with Can Too Foundation and lab tour participants

Cure Cancer Australia researchers and staff with Can Too Foundation and lab tour participants

Attended by an incredibly engaged group of Cure Cancer Australia and Can Too Foundation supporters, researchers and alumni, as well as Can Too CEO Susannah Miall, the Peter Mac Winter Lab Tour provided a rare opportunity to take a look ‘behind the laboratory doors’ of the centre, and experience firsthand what a day in the life of a researcher truly looks like.

Guests were welcomed to the venue with presentations from Cure Cancer Australia, Can Too Foundation and Cure Cancer Australia grant recipient Dr Paul Beavis*. Dr Beavis’ research focuses on immunotherapy, an innovative and potentially life-saving treatment that stimulates the body’s own immune system to fight cancer. Paul’s presentation provided invaluable insight into his research, including fascinating video footage of cancer cells being attacked.

The morning continued with a tour the of the one-year old state-of-the-art facility, where guests had the opportunity to look through microscopes at working research slides. The tour then took us to the Peter Mac rooftop garden, where essentially everything is edible, and concluded over a delicious breakfast courtesy of Super8.

A truly enjoyable and educational day was had by all, and we were overwhelmed by the positive feedback from our attendees - in particular that of the very snazzily dressed James Turnbull, who made a generous donation following the tour, saying;

‘I was very encouraged that such dedicated and impressive people have come together with the objective of achieving a cure for cancer, and that the facilities they can use are of such a high standard. No doubt a great deal of effort has been made over many years by many people to reach this position.’

Additionally, we had some wonderful feedback from guests Susan and Ian Yallouz;

‘Both Ian and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit and found it very inspiring to see all these young people so enthusiastic and passionate about their work.’

A huge thank you to all those who took the time to participate. If you'd like to receive details about upcoming lab tours in Sydney and Brisbane, contact!


*Paul was funded by Cure Cancer Australia and co-funded by the National Breast Cancer Foundation in 2014. His grant was solely supported by The Can Too Foundation.

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