School of Medical Sciences


About us

Since its inception in 1956, the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre (ACSRC) has published nearly 1,000 papers in international scientific and medical journals, and filed more than 100 patent applications for new anti-cancer drugs.  In that time, the centre has developed eight cancer drugs which have gone into clinical trial. The ACSRC has the distinction of being the first laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere to discover, trial and bring an anti-cancer drug into clinical use.

Managed jointly by the University of Auckland and the Cancer Society Auckland, the ACSRC has grown to include over 80 researchers. Under the direction of world-respected authorities, Professor Bill Denny, Professor Bruce Baguley, Professor Bill Wilson and Associate Professor Mark McKeage, the centre continues to extend its hard earned reputation for Getting results and making discoveries that give cancer sufferers hope.

Our mission is to improve cancer therapy – through new drug development, but also by gaining a better understanding of the biology of cancer. The ACSRC is an academic and research group that understands commercial collaborations, and has worked closely and successfully with leading global pharmaceutical firms as well as academic collaborators.  It is at the forefront of drug discovery and development: eight new anticancer drugs from its research programme have been brought to clinical trials.

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