Our Story

At the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute, we aspire to reach the highest standards of medical research whilst fostering innovation and creativity in cancer research. The Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Laboratory was first opened in 1998. We are a not-for-profit community funded cancer research institute that relies and places great value on the generosity of our donors and supporters. We are proud to provide a prestigious and internationally recognised facility.

The inspiration for a regional Victorian cancer research facility came from a young cancer patient, Fiona Elsey, who planted a seed in the mind of her oncologist, her family, and her community. From Fiona’s dream a garden of hope has grown in the form of a world-renowned research institute in Ballarat.

Our mission is to advance the understanding and treatment of cancer by making an internationally recognised contribution to cancer research which results in treatment.

Our Research

Our research is focused on the role of the immune system and how it relates and can be used to treat cancer.

Our Research Team

We have a team of fifteen researchers, three visiting researches, and two collaborating clinicians.

Supporter Stories

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News & Media

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Community Partners

See some of the many companies who are committed to supporting the work we do.


The membership of the Institute’s Board of Management is drawn from community leaders.