Flinders leading the way
Flinders Foundation’s partnership with Flinders Medical Centre (FMC)
and Flinders University spans more than 40 years.
Together, we have a rich and inspiring history of research, achievements and ‘firsts’. Without your support – none of this would be possible.
The Flinders University School of Medicine was the first in Australia to be co-located within a teaching hospital – Flinders Medical Centre. By having the brightest research minds working alongside those delivering first-class care and treatment, it means we’re positioned to make the biggest impact possible.
Flinders on the World Stage
- Professor Graeme Young and his research team at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC) were responsible for developing the Australian National Bowel Cancer Screening Test – the first cost-effective screening test for colorectal cancer that is fast and accurate, and is now used around the world.
- Professor Justine Smith who set up the Eye and Vision Health Research Laboratory at Flinders has collaborated with researchers nationally and internationally on a range of viruses that affect the eyes, including the Ebola virus, Zika virus, dengue virus and chikungunya virus.
- Flinders is home to the Australian Corneal Graft Registry – the largest collection of information on corneal transplants in the world.
- Researchers at Flinders developed the world’s first vaccine for avian influenza (bird flu) and other tropical diseases.
- On the Australian and South Australian stage, Flinders is also home to the South Australian Eye Bank, the South Australian and Northern Territory Liver Transplant Unit and The South Australian Brain and Neurological Tumour Bank.
- World-first research out of Flinders University uncovered the first biomarker for motor neurone disease progression in urine – a giant step for developing better treatments, or even a cure, for the disease
- The world’s first IVF triplets were born at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) in 1983. More than 100,000 babies have been born at FMC since it opened in April 1976
- The first cochlear implant in South Australia was performed at FMC in 1986
- South Australia’s first liver transplant took place at FMC in 1992
- The FMC cardiac team performed the first catheter-based heart valve replacement of its kind in Australia in 2008
- Deep Brain Stimulation surgery was performed at FMC in a first for SA in 2009, to help improve the symptoms of people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders
- The state-of-the-art Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer opened in 2012 and houses world-class research, compassionate care and complementary services under the one roof