March News Update

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The Federal Minister for Health, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, has confirmed $4 million funding to the SSMRF to establish a research centre at St George and Sutherland hospitals.

Doctors and scientists at the centre will focus on the microbiota in the gut, looking at how imbalances occur and how it causes disease, a critical step in preventing it happening in the first place.

It will be called the Microbiome Research Centre and will be led by the hospitals’ Professor of Medicine, Emad El-Omar.

Minister Hunt met with researchers, the Board of SSMRF, Professor Rodney Phillips, Dean of Medicine from UNSW and Mr Michael Still, South Eastern Sydney Health Chair, and made the announcement at St George Private Hospital. Also attending was David Coleman, MP for Banks, who has taken a deep interest in the Foundation’s work.

Speaking to national and local media, he said: “Great researchers are to be found here; people such as those young PhD graduates that we’ve met today. Their job is to diagnose what as previously been impossible to detect, and then to treat the conditions…

“And whether we’ve seen colorectal cancer being researched, whether it is the treatment for women with pregnancy conditions such as pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes, there is hope, and the work of (Prof) Emad (El-Omar) and his team is about providing the hope.”

Imbalances in microbiota connected to diseases include stroke, asthma, obesity, diabetes, mental health, and pre-eclampsia in pregnant women.

Having a healthy gut is essential to living a healthy life and all Australians will benefit from the findings of the Microbiome Research Centre.

St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation has been supporting important research for 10 years and Prof El-Omar and his team will lead the world.

The new centre will also improve research capacity by attracting more expert researchers to the region.
“The region’s hospitals deserve the best, and the Foundation is determined to make sure that happens.”

This Centre’s ground-breaking work will create new strategic links with national and international centres of research excellence.

It will provide an embedded research hub at the heart of a major health care campus in southern Sydney in partnership with the UNSW.

As part of its goal, the Foundation has attracted world-renowned researchers to develop research projects at St George and Sutherland Hospitals.

SSMRF Chair Professor Edmonds said: “We would like to thank the Australian Government for their support. We want to attract more of the best researchers to the region because we know that medical research saves lives and improves lives.”

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Free Preeclampsia Information Session

On Monday 22 May 2017, as part of International Preeclampsia Day, the Obstetric Medicine Research Group at St George Hospital in conjunction with the St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation, are holding a public information session about preeclampsia. The event will be held at St George Leagues Club, 4pm – 6pm.

You can learn more about preeclampsia, how hypertension is managed during pregnancy, how to prepare for any subsequent pregnancies and the rest of your life, along with hearing from women who have gone through preeclampsia themselves.

In Australia, 30,000 women each year will develop high blood pressure in pregnancy and 10,000 of these will have preeclampsia.

Currently there is a study at St George Hospital looking at the physical and mental health of mothers, and the health and development of their babies, in the first five years after birth – called Postpartum Physiology Psychology and Paediatric Study (P4 Study).

Click here to get more information or register for the session.

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Golf Day at The Australian

You still have a chance to join us at our exclusive golf day on Tuesday 9 May 2017. A few places still remain to play this members-only course, hit and walk the fairways where the professionals will once again tee up for the Australian Open in 2017. Register your team now

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Ramsgate RSL Gives Back to Research

Recently SSMRF where fortunate enough to be the beneficiaries from the Ramsgate RSL Spirit of Sport Gala Day, where $5,000 was raised by members, guests and the local community for medical research.
The inaugural event was held by the club in January, which saw local sporting organisations join forces to sign up local children to their clubs. A huge thank you to the Ramsgate RSL directors and members for giving back to local medical research.

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Law Society Supports SSMRF

In February, the St George Sutherland Law Society donated a substantial amount to SSMRF and local medical research. Support like this shown by the Law Society allows medical research not only within these local hospitals to continue, it allows the research and its findings to reach a greater audience around the world. You too can donate today, as without medical research, medicine stands still.

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Celebrating 10 Years

In 2017, the St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation (SSMRF) is turning 10!

We have started the year off with some major announcements and the plans won’t stop there, with an Anniversary Dinner planned for 27 September. The St.George Bank Beachside Dash will also celebrate 10 years on Sunday 10 September 2017.

If you want to be involved in celebrating this milestone with us, contact the office today to find out how: ph 02 9098 4040 or email

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In Your Hospital – St George Art Sculpture Project

As part of the redevelopment at St George Hospital, an extensive collection of art will be on display once the building has been completed later in 2017, including 16 metre long suspended sculpture inspired by images of dragon tail comets by artist Lindy Lee.

You can learn more about how you can be involved in the project by contacting the hospital community relations team on 02 9113 2901 or

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