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Newsletter may 2018

“I want to be a grandmother one day. 
I want to see my kids grow up. I want to help them through their HSC. My daughters and my little boy are my greatest motivation to survive as long as I can.” 

Tess Hardman, a non-smoker who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.

At a time when government funding can no longer be relied upon to conduct our research, it needs more than ever your support and investment in the work we do; just like Tess raising over $25,000 for lung cancer research by swimming 1KM on Australia Day this year.    

One of our biggest, recent achievements was in the area of lung cancer. The Woolcock Institute recently opened The Centre for Lung Cancer Research, which will provide coordinated research in the area of lung cancer. This is a state-of-the-art facility for us to understand, diagnose and develop better treatments for lung cancer by bringing together people from a range of different disciplines; eg molecular biology, engineering and clinicians. This will enable the scientists to achieve much more than they can on their own. This is a new exciting chapter in research for lung cancer, which affects so many people in Australia with a genetic disposition and sadly also sees only 14% of those diagnosed survive more than five years.


 (From top left clockwise) Official plaque, commemorating the opening of the Centre for Lung Cancer Research (CLCR), PhD student Jesse Xu in discussion with NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research The Hon. Brad Hazzard MP and City of Sydney Councillor Ms Linda Scott, Jesse Xu in the laboratory, The Hon. Brad Hazzard MP speaking at the opening event, Official unveiling of the plaque, by (from left to right) lung cancer advocate Ms Lillian Leigh, The Hon. Brad Hazzard MP, Executive Director Woolcock Institute of Medical Research (WIMR) Prof Carol Armour, Vice Chancellor University of Sydney Dr Michael Spence, and Deputy Executive Director Prof Paul Young of WIMR.

(From top left clockwise) Official plaque, commemorating the opening of the Centre for Lung Cancer Research (CLCR), PhD student Jesse Xu in discussion with NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research The Hon. Brad Hazzard MP and City of Sydney Councillor Ms Linda Scott, Jesse Xu in the laboratory, The Hon. Brad Hazzard MP speaking at the opening event, Official unveiling of the plaque, by (from left to right) lung cancer advocate Ms Lillian Leigh, The Hon. Brad Hazzard MP, Executive Director Woolcock Institute of Medical Research (WIMR) Prof Carol Armour, Vice Chancellor University of Sydney Dr Michael Spence, and Deputy Executive Director Prof Paul Young of WIMR.


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“I came to the Woolcock Institute as a patient and was so impressed at the first consultation that I asked for a tour of the facility. The Woolcock is a world class facility. Led by Professor Ron Grunstein, I was impressed to learn that his research team is discovering so much new knowledge in sleep research. 
I believe philanthropy is a social responsibility.
I restrict my foundation’s resources to a limited range of projects, as this results in a greater impact. I choose to invest in areas that are not well funded and over time, I increase my investment in those that show a better return. Based on track record, I expect that the Woolcock will fall into this category. And that’s why I decided to invest in the future of sleep research at the Woolcock Institute.”  
 

Babak Moini, major donor
 


SUPPORT OUR RESEARCH!

Support by our donors in our research is undeniably crucial at the Woolcock because it ensures that every researcher’s dedication to unfurling breakthroughs is supported and encouraged by those who care most about what we do.  

By making a donation through our annual giving programs, leaving a bequest in your Will or championing a special project, we can work together to make a lasting difference to the quality of life of those with respiratory and sleep conditions.

So please donate today!

Prof. Carol Armour
Executive Director