This year we’ve seen firsthand how essential medical research is in supporting the health and prosperity of our community. The impacts of COVID-19 around the world have highlighted the importance of medical research and the delivery of new treatment options for medical conditions. Medical research makes the development of new medicines, procedures and tools possible, including vaccines.
Since 2007, the St George and Sutherland Shire Medical Research Fund (SSMRF) has supported life-saving medical research which continues to impact thousands of lives in our local community and beyond. SSMRF is proud to support the many dedicated researchers who pursue their work with passion, excellence, and a commitment to improving the wellbeing of the community.
Five medical research projects funded
This year, SSMRF has awarded five researchers from St George Hospital and The Sutherland Hospital with grants for medical research projects across multiple disciplines. A total of $150,000 was awarded on Thursday night at a gala held at Club Central Menai, to:
- Professor Emad El-Omar: The MotherBabies Study
- Professor Peter Gonski: Empowering older, frail people to make end-of-life choices
- A/Professor Greg Davis: The P4 Study
- Professor Maria Craig: Characterising the population of viruses that influence outcomes of the pregnancy and infant health
- Professor Yong Li: Validation of extracellular vesicle protein biomarkers in blood for the personalised treatment decision of prostate cancer patients
SSMRF, along with the Michael Tynan Challenge – Tynan Motors and St George Cancer Care Foundation, provided funding for these grants.
“In a year as challenging as 2021, the importance of medical research was made even clearer, even if researchers’ opportunities were more constrained than usual. On behalf of the Research Committee, I would like to acknowledge everyone who submitted a grant application in the 2021 round – it was a great display of the tenacity needed to make research work” said Professor Michael Grimm, SSMRF Research Committee Chair.
Prizes were also presented on the night to Dr David Chan, Ms Joy Wong, Dr Michal Szczesniak, Ms Cynthuja Thilakanathan, Ms Aurora Upitis and Ms Yingshi Li for oral and poster presentation awards won during this year’s St George and Sutherland Hospitals Medical Research Symposium, which was held virtually in October.
“We are proud to support all-important medical research undertaken at our hospitals in the St George and Sutherland area” said Cathy Yuncken, SSMRF Chair.
Support future medical research projects
Heading into Christmas and the end of a challenging year for so many people, SSMRF is asking residents in the St George and Sutherland community to help support them to ensure they can continue to fund vital medical research.
The need for medical research beyond COVID-19 has not stopped. With your help, SSMRF can support an even greater breadth of research. Its researchers know their work has the potential to change the course of illness and injuries and to save lives. More than ever, they need your support to continue this live-saving work. Every gift matters, whether large or small. Giving is easy and donations over $2 are tax deductible. You can donate online today.