$200K Awarded to local researchers in the 2019 SSMRF grant round

On Thursday 27 June 2019, the St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation (SSMRF) hosted their 2019 SSMRF Research Grant Announcement, awarding just over $200,000.00 in research grant funding to researchers and their projects at St George and Sutherland hospitals.

Guests included doctors, researchers and medical teams from St George Hospital and the Sutherland Hospital as well as local dignitaries, business people, former patients and friends and supporters of SSMRF.

Speakers included Professor John Edmonds AM, SSMRF Chair and Conjoint Professor of Medicine UNSW, Professor Michael Grimm, Associate Dean St George and Sutherland Clinical School and SSMRF Research Committee Chair and Jacquie Stratford, SSMRF CEO.

Foundation chief executive Jacquie Stratford said it was a fantastic night celebrating the talented and upcoming early career researchers from our local hospitals.

SSMRF chairman John Edmonds said the foundation was proud of its achievements and ongoing commitment to encouraging and supporting medical research in our hospitals.

“over the past 12 years, SSMRF has awarded more than $6 million to 50 grant recipients at the St. George and Sutherland Hospitals.”

The following Research Grants were announced:

  • Dr Megan Gow

“Does exposure to pre-eclampsia in utero contribute to cardiovascular disease risk and ageing in early childhood?

  • Professor Marissa Lassere

“The gut microbiome in inflammatory arthritis.”

  • Dr Jose Perdomo

“The role of neutrophils in the pathology of immune thrombocytopenia”

  • Dr Michal Szczesniak

“Validation of SPECT/CT to assess airway clearance in chronic aspirators for a trial of Expiratory Muscle Strength Training (EMST) in reduction of radiation-related aspiration”.

  • Dr Betty Wu

“Building Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Research Capacity – The St George and Sutherland IBD Project”

These five research grants will provide vital funding to support important research programs that cover key areas of health including cancer, maternal/foetal health, immunity and gut microbiome over the next 12 months.

In addition to the grant announcement, the event also launched the Foundation’s annual event the Beachside Dash.

Former St George Illawarra Dragons player, local businessman and official Beachside Dash ambassador Jason Nightingale joined forces with the St George Bank representative, Mel Teuma, Head of Commercial Intermediaries officially launched the Dash, encouraging guests to join them on Sunday 8th September as they Run for Research to raise funds and awareness for SSMRF.

Jason said local people of all ages will be able to get active, have fun and support the important charitable work of the St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation at the fun run which features 2km, 5km and 10km races.

Image: From left to right: Jacquie Stratford, Chief Executive, SSMRF; Dr Jose Perdomo; Dr Megan Gow; Professor Ian Cook; Professor Michael Grimm; Dr Betty Wu; Professor Marissa Lassere and Professor John Edmonds, Chair, SSMRF.