On Wednesday, August 12th, the Woolcock family gathered together to say farewell to one of its most distinguished researchers, Associate Professor Euan Tovey. After earning an MSc in biochemistry and a PhD in medicine, Euan went on to become a world leading researcher in the field of allergy medicine. His many accomplishments include being awarded the title of senior research fellow of the NHMRC, an award reserved for leading health and medical researchers and being inducted into the Asthma NSW Hall of Fame. In addition to this, he has published 127 papers, a great number of reviews and book chapters, and obtained many patents for mechanisms and devices used to research. “I was very touched and honoured by the celebration last night. It is rare in life to have a singular event which celebrate any of us, and I found this very special” Euan said, reflecting on the night. “For me to be able to talk about our collective history, the life of a scientist, and why the Woolcock and research is so important was a bonus.”
The Woolcock also took the opportunity on the evening to unveil its Honour Board, which will become a permanent fixture in the lobby of the building. The Honour Board is an initiative of Board Director Robert Estcourt who felt that the time was long overdue to show our appreciation for the many people who have supported the Woolcock through their patronage, support, leadership and work in practice and research.
Robert summed up the evening by saying, “It was a great occasion to come together to recognise and honour Euan, and some of those past and present who have helped to make the Woolcock the wonderful and successful institute that it is today.”
We at the Woolcock like to congratulate Associate Professor Tovey on his upcoming retirement and thank him for his dedication to research by inviting him to become one of our Distinguished Alumni.