Cancer research: Now showing in 3D

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1. Please provide a short summary of your research, project or technology.

In Queensland, one in two men and one in two women will develop cancer in their lifetime. Traditional methods for cancer research use cells grown on a two-dimensional surface, such as plastic or glass, which does not replicate human biology because humans are not two-dimensional. I am developing new three-dimensional technologies for cancer research, using cancer cells grown inside of a jelly-like material (a hydrogel). These three-dimensional models are like “mini-tissues”, that are able to provide a more realistic environment for researchers to study cancer. This research will benefit Queensland by placing it at the forefront of cutting-edge cancer research technologies, and by providing a new method for drug companies to test new cancer treatments. This could lead to a greater speed to market, greater drug accuracy in humans, and will reduce drug testing in animals. These three-dimensional “mini-tissues” open the way for a new generation of cancer research.


Makrina Totsika
over 2 years ago

Excellent approach Laura and team. Best of luck with your research!

Carol Richter
over 2 years ago

Great idea.

Christopher Haggarty-Weir
over 2 years ago

Very cool!

Yabalu Abacha
over 2 years ago

Good luck!

Debra Allen
over 2 years ago

Great job, good luck ??

indiraprasadam indiraprasadam
over 2 years ago

Good luck Laura ??

Brittany Alysha
over 2 years ago

Good luck Laura and thanks for sending the link through Maria!

cecile francis
over 2 years ago

Good Luck Laura!

Jeremy B
over 2 years ago

Keep up the good work Laura!

Laura Bray
over 2 years ago

Thank you everyone for your votes and kind comments so far! :-)

Jennifer Allen
over 2 years ago

Well done LAura. We are both proud of your achievements.

Anita Maartens
over 2 years ago

Good luck, Laura!


Laura is a National Breast Cancer Foundation Research Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology.

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