Latest News from May

Research over the past 10 years

One of the first ever grants awarded by SSMRF was to Associate Professor Philip Dinning in 2009. The SSMRF grant helped develop a prize-winning fibre optic catheter that can see inside the human gut.
Recently, Associate Professor Dinning told the Foundation that this seed grant played a very important role in developing his entire research career. “On the back of the software that was developed in that project we have changed the practice of colonic manometry throughout the world and now lead several international studies in this field.” Associate Professor Dinning also went on to win the 2011 Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology for this research – SSMRF sure has a lot to celebrate over the past 10 years.

How will your gift make a difference?

With the end of financial year approaching, there’s still plenty of time to make a fully tax-deductible donation. But what does SSMRF do with the generous gifts that we receive? If you haven’t already done so, click here to read our Tax Appeal. It explains why medical research is vital to the future of our region and also how it may impact your health. Beat the June 30 deadline and call our office on (02) 9098 4040 or simply donate online.

2017 St.George Beachside Dash entries are now open

Entries are now open for the 10th St.George Bank Beachside Dash on Sunday 10th September. You can register to run, jog or walk for medical research here. Don’t forget to sign up and start fundraising once you have registered, SSMRF relies on the generosity of our fundraisers to help us reach our $20,000 goal for the Dash. For example, $20,000 can help to fund a research project like the P4 study for one year and continue to look at mothers, who had preeclampsia during pregnancy, post birth and assess her blood pressure, sugar levels, emotional state and the physical health and development of the baby. This is a real project that SSMRF currently supports. So, register now and start asking your family, friends and colleagues to support you in the Dash and make a difference to the lives of mothers and babies.

World Preeclampsia Day

Monday 22 May saw the first every World Preeclampsia Day. To celebrate the medical advances happening around the world in preeclampsia, SSMRF teamed up with the Obstetric Medicine Research Group at St George Hospital to hold a free public information session about preeclampsia and hypertension during pregnancy and post birth. The event was a huge success, with over 70 people in attendance hearing about how the medical advances in preeclampsia & hypertension, how to prepare for the rest of life, along with hearing from Foundation Ambassador Lauren on her experience of having preeclampsia. You can see all the photos from the day on our Facebook page here. A huge thanks to St George Private Hospital for supporting the event and to everyone who turned attended. If you would like more information or to hear more please contact the office on 9098 4040 or event@ssmrf.com.au or visit our You Tube page.

Local Business Awards supports medical research again

Congratulations to all St George Local Business Award finalists & winners for 2017. Precedent Productions were once again very generous in allowing SSMRF to be the charity of choice at their recent St George Local Business Awards, where over $1,500 was raised for local medical research. A special thanks to Guardian Venue Management International for donating our major raffle prize. Enriching our community is part of our mission statement, and it was wonderful to see so many passionate business leaders giving back to their customers by supporting our cause, there was even a few familiar faces in the crowd. Every dollar counts, and we are always looking for new fundraising ideas.

Please get in touch if you think you can help – event@ssmrf.com.au or call 02 9098 4040.

Congratulations to our supporters who were finalists this year, including Barbie Barb Children’s Entertainment, Alderton Enterprises, HighLow Fitness (winners of Most Outstanding Fitness Category), F45 Blakehurst, St George Leagues Club, Word of Mouth Dentistry, Jumbuck Meats, ACTiv Elite Performers, A Touch of Salsa.

Research funding changes from the NHMRC

Recently the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) announced changes to the health and medical research grants given out each year.
The new program reflects the philosophy that health and medical research is best supported by a diverse portfolio of schemes that:
• Fund across the spectrum of health and medical research
• Invest in people with outstanding research achievement and promise
• Support the most innovative research to solve complex problems
• Meet specific strategic objectives.
Applications for funding under NHMRC’s new grant program will open in late 2018-early 2019 for peer review in 2019, and funding commencing in 2020.
To find out more about these changes, visit the NHMRC website
*source www.nhmrc.gov.au

Shout Out

SSMRF wants to thank the St George Illawarra Dragons Football Club and Tynan Motors for their generosity at the recent Dragons vs Sharks game on 12 April. As part of the new NRL initiative, the Foundation took part in the 50/50 charity raffle, where over $6,010 was raised on the night. The lucky winner, Jason Gapps took home $3,005 (50% of the proceeds from the night) and SSMRF was the recipient of the other 50%. These funds contribute to medical research in your local hospitals to support you, your family and your local community – thank you to all the volunteers on the night and the crowd who dug deep. A big thank you to our volunteers who did an awesome job on the day! We are planning to join the Dragons again so if you would like to volunteer to help sell raffle tickets click here event@ssmrf.com.au