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South Australia’s three major universities – the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and Flinders University – each carry a proud tradition of achievement and innovation, and all embrace collaboration with partners around the world to advance knowledge and turn research into practical benefits. They will play pivotal roles in the new Health and Biomedical Research precinct, from being founding members of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute to plans for their own landmark research buildings on the site.

South Australia’s three universities are pivotal players in the emerging South Australian Health and Biomedical Research Precinct in Adelaide’s West End. As well as being foundation members of the SA Health and Research Institute (SAHMRI), each university will have a landmark presence on the site under a $750 million dollar-plus construction program housing hundreds of researchers.

The University of Adelaide is building its new Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building – the biggest capital works project in the university’s history. The $246 million, 14-storey building on North Tce will house teaching facilities for 1600 students and more than 400 researchers and is due to be open for the first semester in 2017. It will have medicine, dentistry, nursing and other health disciplines positioned together in the one building and co-located with the new RAH.

Next door, the University of South Australia’s new $230 million Health Innovation Building, now taking shape, is due to open in 2018 as a health and research facility to support a collaborative approach to health research. The 14-storey building will be home to the Centre for Cancer Biology, the Science Creativity Education Studio and the Innovation and Collaboration Centre.

Flinders University has committed $60 million to the planned $280 million SAHMRI 2, a world-class research hub to be named the John Chalmers Centre for Transforming Healthcare after the university’s Emeritus Professor John Chalmers. It will house 500 researchers on 12 floors and create about 1000 jobs during construction.

The centrepiece will be the nation’s first proton therapy unit, an $80 million machine delivering cancer-destroying protons to the site of otherwise inoperable cancers without affecting healthy tissue.

The State Government has committed $44 million and has presented a business case to the Federal Government seeking the remaining $176 million for the project.