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About The Cure The Future Foundation
Cell and Gene Trust Ltd (CAGT) was formed in 2005 to provide funding for ‘Blue Sky’ research into genetically inherited diseases, under the stewardship of Professor John Rasko, one of Australia’s pre-eminent Cell and Molecular Biologsts.
We raise funds and donate equipment, wages and project funding to support Prof. John Rasko and his team as they try to find a cure for genetically inherited disease.
While some charities raise funds for specific diseases or institutions, our work has the potential to cure many types of diseases including heart disease, cancer, haemophilia and diabetes.
Though still in its infancy, using gene therapy to treat or cure common human diseases is only a matter of time. The proof of principle has already been shown for rare inherited immune disorders and in the haemophilia trial performed by Cure the Future’s Professor John Rasko and his international collaborators.
Professor Rasko is at the forefront of this pioneering research. He is a world-renowned gene therapy scientist and practising haematologist who directs Cell and Molecular Therapies at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and heads the Gene and Stem Cell Therapy Program at the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology, affiliated with the University of Sydney. Professor Rasko is the Chairman of The Federal Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee and board director of Cure The Future.
Key to this research is the development of new platform technology that has the potential to provide cures and treatments for genetic and other diseases. Cure The Future is comprised of passionate individuals who are dedicated to providing funding for more speculative research than is typically the case with public sector funding. Cell and gene therapy is a frontier field of medical research, and the potential benefits justify a robust approach to the support of this world-changing research.
Professor Rasko has an international research track record in gene therapy, experimental haematology and cell biology. His research has been successful in uncovering new mechanisms of leukaemia, understanding blood hormones, identifying the genetic causes of kidney diseases and clinical trials of new biological therapies for cancer and bleeding disorders. Most recently he developed a milestone in gene therapy for haemophilia with his collaborators in the USA.
Within this generation cures will be found to some of the most devastating diseases, and we will look back on this time as a golden era when our contributions to human health and well-being were rewarded by the discoveries that made it all possible. Cure The Future is already working towards funding advanced human trials conducted by Professor Rasko and his research team.
Cure The Future only funds research being conducted in Australia, our organisation is non-religious and apolitical and will not fund human embryonic stem cell research.