About the Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories

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The Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories (DRMCRL) has an international reputation for research in hormone-dependent cancers, with specific focus on breast and prostate cancer.

Established in 2002 by Professor Wayne Tilley and Professor Villis Marshall, the DRMCRL is an initiative of the University of Adelaide and the Hanson Institute in collaboration with the Cancer Council of South Australia and the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

The DRMCRL is named in recognition of Dame Roma Mitchell AC, DBE, CVO, QC (1913-2000), an iconic South Australian who was the first woman to be appointed as an Australian Supreme Court Judge (1965-1983), Chancellor of the University of Adelaide (1983-1990) and Governor of South Australia (1991-1996). 


The DRMCRL is located in the University of Adelaide's Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences (AHMS) building (Level 8), University of Adelaide, a $246 million building housing state-of-the-art facilities for 1600 students and more than 400 researchers.  Co-located with the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the AHMS facility plays a key role in transforming health education, research and patient care. These facilities at the west end of North Terrace comprise the Adelaide BioMed City precinct, the state's highest priority development for health, research and education infrastructure.