Murdoch University has revealed plans to transform health on a global scale with the establishment of a state-of-the-art facility drawing together some of the world’s best health and medical researchers.
Vice Chancellor, Professor Eeva Leinonen said the Gateway project, located in the Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct (MHKP), was an innovative and game-changing investment by the university that would position it at the forefront of health and medical research and teaching.
The facility will be home to stage two of the Australian National Phenome Centre (ANPC), research laboratories and allied health clinical placement among other related uses.
The Gateway Project will transform the way health care is delivered by co-locating researchers, academics, students, industry and clinicians in the one state-of-the-art medical precinct.
“Anchored by the second stage of the Australian National Phenome Centre, it will play a key role in achieving the University’s strategic objective of providing life changing solutions to complex world challenges,” Professor Leinonen said.
This visionary project will further cement the MHKP as an international centre of research, innovation and teaching excellence that will attract students and the world’s best health and medical researchers to Western Australia.
“As the international centre of excellence in metabolic phenotyping, the ANPC is one of the most significant health research collaborations in Western Australia, which will transform how long and how well people live, not just here, but around the world.
“The ANPC has adopted a more collaborative approach to science that is critical to solving some of the world’s most challenging problems, including chronic diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and obesity and the many health issues associated with population ageing.
“The co-location of health-related learning, research and allied health disciplines close to hospitals, Aboriginal wellbeing, aged care, medi-hotel, innovation and research business environments will provide better outcomes for students and the broader community.”
The Gateway project is currently subject to planning approvals with construction anticipated to commence in 2021. Close to 700 jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase of the project, with more than 600 permanent staff to be based at the new facility once it is completed.
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