Thanks a million!

We were delighted to welcome Chris Watson and Scott Glover from BT Financial Group to mark an incredible milestone of $1 million in support of medical research at QIMR Berghofer over the past 19 years. To mark this special occasion, our CEO and Director Professor Fabienne Mackay and QIMR Berghofer Council member Celeste Neander, presented Chris and Scott with signed lab coats covered with messages of gratitude from QIMR Berghofer staff. Our visitors also had a chance to tour some of our labs and chat with our researchers to see first-hand the impact of their ongoing support. Associate Professor Corey Smith spoke about his team’s research in COVID-19 immunity and immunotherapy and Associate Professor James Hudson from the Cardiac Bioengineering Lab explained how mini heartc organoids are revolutionising research in COVID-19 cardiac treatments and building knowledge to create an encyclopedia of the heart. Our sincerest thanks to BT Financial Group for your ongoing support and we can’t wait to see what we can achieve together in the future.

Pictured: Chris Watson and Scott Glover from BT Financial Group were presented with lab coats signed by QIMR Berghofer staff during their visit

World Science Festival Townsville

QIMR Berghofer was once again delighted to inspire potential future scientists as part of the World Science Festival in Townsville.

Participating in the City of Science at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, budding young scientists peered through microscopes, asked fascinating questions and secured their own show bag with information about the kind of research they could one day be doing at QIMR Berghofer! Our team had a great time and so did the families. Thanks for having us Townsville!

Photo credit: Queensland Museum


Breast Friends

Year after year the Breast Friends Fundraising team host various events to raise funds to support breast cancer, and this year was no exception. The tight knit group of friends hosted another sold out ‘Afternoon Out’ at the Victoria Park Golf complex with over 250 friends, family, new and existing supporters in attendance.

Their ultimate goal – a cancer-free future.

The afternoon was filled with delicious food, endless bubbles, games that had the whole room on their feet, and of course, fundraising. QIMR Berghofer PhD student, John Vandermeide, from Professor Sudha Rao’s Gene Regulation and Translational Medicine laboratory shared enthusiastically to an attentive room Sudha’s novel approach to treating breast cancer metastasis and reinvigorating the immune system.

The event could not take place without the determination, courage and endless planning from the team. We are grateful for their support over the past 6 years as they have helped fund vital equipment and breast cancer research at QIMR Berghofer. A huge thank you to the ladies from Breast Friends for their dedication throughout the years. You are truly helping our scientists strive for a cancer-free future.

PanKind funding pancreatic cancer research

Professor Rachel Neale, Head of the Cancer Aetiology and Prevention Laboratory at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, is the Principal Investigator for an exciting new approach to pancreatic cancer detection, supported by a generous grant of $300,000 from Pankind, the Australian Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. The funds were raised in part by events such as the 2021 PanKind Put Your Foot Down Walk that was held in May.

In a push to rapidly improve early detection of pancreatic cancer, Professor Rachel Neale will lead an Australian and international collaboration involving over 13 groups of scientists, clinicians and policy makers across Australia, New Zealand and the US as part of an ambitious pancreatic cancer early detection initiative.

Pictured: The QIMR Berghofer team of Associate Professor Louisa
Gordon, Professor Rachel Neale, Dr Bridie Thompson
and Adrieanne Hallcup joined members of the pancreatic
cancer community raising funds at the annual Pankind Put
Your Foot Down Walk at New Farm in May 2021.

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