BHI researcher Dr Helen Palethorpe preparing to move the Bioruptor to its new home at SAHMRI

We are pleased to share the relocation of a prostate cancer machine, called a Bioruptor that was purchased thanks to your generous support of The Hospital Research Foundation is being relocated to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)!

The Bioruptor was previously purchased as a piece of equipment for a research team at the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research (BHI). Due to a change in approach, the machine is being relocated to assist other prostate cancer researchers, including Associate Professor Lisa Butler.

Along with her team, including BHI’s Dr Irene Zinonos, A/Prof Butler is grateful for the relocation of the Bioruptor, which will vitally assist her research into prostate cancer. As the Bioruptor is able to blast prostate cancer cells and their DNA apart, this will allow A/Prof Butler and her team to analyse them more accurately and in minute detail.

“Having access to the Bioruptor, we can investigate the nature of the proteins that drive prostate cancer in tissue samples, and where they bind to DNA to switch on genes that allow cancer cells to survive and spread throughout the body,” A/Prof Butler said.

“Ultimately, this will help us determine which proteins are the best to target to better treat prostate cancer.”

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