The Hon Tara Moriarty visits St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation

Professor Emad El-Omar, Pam Brown, Hon Tara Moriarty

On Thursday 29 September NSW Shadow Minister for Medical Research, The Hon Tara Moriarty, was welcomed to St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation (SSMRF) by Chief Executive Officer Pam Brown and SSMRF Board members to learn of the world-class research the Foundation has funded in its 15-year history.

“It is important that our community leaders know about the multiple and varied research projects at St George and Sutherland Hospitals that SSMRF has funded over the years. Since we began in 2007, we’ve awarded $9 million to 70 research projects. Together with government, universities, local health districts, businesses and our communities of St George and Sutherland Shire, we are making ground-breaking research possible here in our local hospitals,” she said. “Some of the research projects we have funded over the years include studies into bowel cancer, prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s and mental health.”

“The UNSW Microbiome Research Centre (MRC) at St George Hospital is also a key focus for the Foundation, having secured its seed funding in 2017 and supporting its expansion to a team of 47 who has initiated more than 90 collaborative research projects. In total the MRC has received $21 million in funding of which $13.5 million was secured by SSMRF,” said Pam.

“We’re very keen to showcase the Microbiome Research Centre, the important work coming out of the centre and the team of leading researchers who work there,” said Pam.

Professor Emad El-Omar, Professor of Medicine at UNSW and Director of the MRC, gave Ms Moriarty a tour of the MRC, explaining its origins and current impact on the health of people in our local community and beyond.

“By understanding how over 1 million genes contributed by the human microbiome, together with our 25,000 inherited genes nurture our state of health, we can better improve diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of several diseases,” said Professor El-Omar.

“The many research projects underway at the MRC tackle one or more of our central five health areas: cancer, infection/immunity/inflammation, critical care, mental health and neuroscience and women and children’s health”, he said. “Our vision is to be the pre-eminent microbiome research centre in the southern hemisphere.”

The Hon Tara Moriarty visits St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation

 

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