A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO
The St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation has experienced its most successful year to date and our achievements are many.
2018 will be known as the year of the MRC – the Microbiome Research Centre – our most ambitious venture to grow and foster medical research at St George and Sutherland Hospitals.
In 2017 SSMRF received an initial grant from the Federal Government of $4 million. These funds have been used for capital works, equipment, the appointment of several key research personnel and five MRC Establishment Grants.
This year SSMRF received $1.5 million from NSW Health and the University of NSW also made a very significant financial contribution to the MRC capital works.
The refurbishment of the laboratories for the Microbiome Research Centre (MRC) is nearing completion and we look forward to the formal opening in February 2019. This first class facility will enable our growing group of MRC researchers to undertake exciting research projects tackling Australia’s National Health Priority Areas (NHPA).
We also welcomed the (then) treasurer The Hon Scott Morrison and The Hon David Coleman for a visit in May and for a second visit to SSMRF as PM in October.
In June SSMRF received an additional $2 million from the Federal Government to establish a dedicated Bioinformatics Unit within the MRC.This will impact significantly on our ability to analyse the vast amounts of complex data and return meaningful research outcomes.
SSMRF received its largest single private donation in August from Sir Owen Glenn to support a world class program in liver cancer research. In August SSMRF hosted its annual charity Golf Day at The Australian and in September our most successful Beachside DASH. These two events and the support from our sponsors, donors, doctors, business leaders and the community will enable SSMRF to provide new Seed (Development) Grants to our “next generation researchers” in 2019.
My sincere thanks to the SSMRF Board and team and to everyone who has contributed to our success this year.
Jacquie Stratford, CEO
St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation