Since 2010, Captain Courageous has assembled a group of like-minded researchers across Australia, all aligned behind a single research goal. In the process, we have established and funded Australia’s first national collaborative research initiative of its kind: the Australian Diamond Blackfan Anaemia Program (ADBA program).
Each of the involved research institutions plays a role based on their specific technology and expertise. Among them are five leading Australian universities (University of Queensland, ANU, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, University of Adelaide and the Western Australian University). This collective effort is exceptionally rare due to globally limited research funding resulting in competitiveness that directly impacts the willingness to share ideas and collaborate.
Through our research so far, we have discovered mechanisms in bone marrow failure with the potential to kill blood cancers such as leukaemia, myeloma and lymphoma. We’re not just challenging one opponent; we’re developing potential treatments for a range of currently incurable cancers.