Photo Gallery – The University of Sydney Wenkart Chair of Endothelium Medicine

On Monday March 26, Sydney doctor Thomas Wenkart and his family endowed the University of Sydney Wenkhart Chair in Endothelium Medicine in the presence of Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO Governor of NSW, Chancellor of the University of Sydney.

Present were Professor Jennifer Gamble, Chair of Endothelium Medicine, Centenary Institute; The Hon. Michael Egan, Centenary Chair; Professor Mathew Vadas, Executive Director, Centenary Institute; Dr Michael Spence, Vice Chancellor, The University of Sydney; and Professor Bruce Robinson Dean of the Sydney Medical School.

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Find out more about the endowment here.

LB’s take on the 2012 City2Surf and our Run4Research team

Last year I started the run with Wil D’Avigdor from Centenary's Liver lab...needless to say we did not finish together as he's really fast!

Last year I started the run with Wil D’Avigdor from Centenary's Liver lab...needless to say we did not finish together as he's really fast!

20 weeks away from the 2012 City2Surf, that’s like 5 months…that’s ages right? I keep telling myself that as days slip into weeks and my running shoes sit on my shoe-rack collecting dust and probably playing a cosy home to a few spiders. Not the best start to training for someone who doesn’t even run to catch a cab or a bus!

But I’m not in running mode, not yet at least. Right now I’m in fundraising mode – trying to put together a team of 30 energetic, passionate and committed runners/fundraisers to double last year’s efforts and raise $30,000 for medical research at the Centenary Institute in the Gold Charity Zone, an all-new space just behind the Red Zone, the elite runners who have finished the run in 4 seconds.

Like most things, I tend to sensationalise these events (typical Sagittarius behaviour from what I hear). My initial thought was, my Gawd! 30 runners is a lot and to each raise $1,000…maybe it can’t be done. And like most things, I turned out to be wrong, well not to jump the gun, but it’s looking that way anyway.

In less than a month since the Gold Charity registries opened we have amassed a team of 9 so far – that’s almost a third of the way there! And our ‘Run4Research’ Team is the #1 fundraising team on the official City2Surf website! (Insert applause)
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Sydney doctor inaugurates $4-million Chair to explore a hidden organ

Professor Jennifer Gamble

Professor Jennifer Gamble

It’s a big day for Professor Jennifer Gamble today. Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO Governor of NSW is visiting Centenary today for the endowment of The University of Sydney Wenkart Chair in Endothelium Medicine which Jenny will hold.

Sydney doctor and philanthropist Tom Wenkart is donating $4 million to endow the Chair.

The endothelial cells that form the network of blood vessels are essentially a hidden organ weighing about one kilogram. But the workings of this internal transport infrastructure are largely unknown.
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Centenary cardiac researchers benefit from HeartKids funding

L-R HKA chair, Brian Periera, Annie Evans and Prof Chris Semsarian

L-R HKA chair, Brian Periera, Annie Evans and Prof Chris Semsarian

Last week was a super busy one for Centenary. In addition to taking a lead role in promoting the significance and prevalence of tuberculosis for World TB Day, there was exciting news from one of the key supporters of Centenary’s molecular cardiology programs. HeartKids Australia announced a new research funding program to support Australian research into congenital and acquired childhood heart disease.

The funding will benefit Centenary’s Professor Chris Semsarian, Head of the Molecular Cardiology Group, and young investigator, Annie Evans, who were awarded a $29,000 project grant. The grant will enable them to further investigate key genes that may be responsible for electrical disturbances in the hearts of babies and young children.

Thanks so much HeartKids for your important work and generous funding.

To view the HeartKids media release, please click here.

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March 24 is World TB Day

TBTB used to be Australia’s top killer. In much of the rest of the world it still is, killing three people every minute.

Saturday 24 March 2012 marks 130 years since the discovery of the cause of tuberculosis (TB), a disease that kills more than one million people worldwide every year.

In 1882, TB was the leading cause of death in Australia – twenty times more deadly than the road toll is today and equivalent to the current annual death rate from all cancers.

Discovering the cause enabled Australia and other developed countries to push back successfully against TB with massive public health, screening and vaccine programs.
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Our TB work in Vietnam in the media spotlight

Centenary Scientist Dr Greg Fox in Vietnam

Centenary Scientist Dr Greg Fox in Vietnam – a young researcher taking the fight against a global killer to the next level

130 years ago TB was Australia’s biggest killer – with a greater impact than cancer today.

In Vietnam 290,000 people have active TB and 54,000 people are killed by it every year.

One of our young researchers,  Greg Fox is working in Vietnam to understand how TB spreads in communities, and to work out the genetic factors that contribute to survival.

On Wednesday Greg and his work appeared on the Australia Network, which broadcasts across the Asia-Pacific.

In the run-up to World TB Day on Saturday March 24, Greg has also been talking on ABC Radio Australia, which broadcasts to Asia.

Listen to his radio interview here.

Find more about Greg’s latest work here:PDF format Vietnam release and background

Or his other Vietnam work here.

Behind the scenes of Centenary’s new $1.2m TB lab


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Today, TV crews toured Centenary’s brand-new $1.2 million high-containment lab. Our researchers will be able to double their efforts to understand and fight back against TB, a bacterium that lives inside two billion people worldwide and kills three people every … Continue reading

UN Director General calls for action to “Stop TB in our lifetime”

Scientists at Centenary Institute are part of a global collaborative effort to Help Stop TB

For too long, tuberculosis has not received sufficient attention. The result of this neglect is needless suffering: in 2010 alone, nearly 9 million people fell ill with TB and 1.4 million died, with 95 per cent of these deaths occurring in developing countries. These numbers make tuberculosis the second top infectious killer of adults worldwide.

The impact reverberates far beyond the individuals directly affected. TB takes a heavy toll on families and communities. Millions of children have lost their parents. Children who are exposed to sick family members are at high risk of contracting the disease. Far too many go untreated, since TB is often difficult to diagnose and treat in children. That is why this year we should aim to expand awareness of how children are affected by the disease.

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Can We Stop TB in Our Lifetime? Together We CAN.

Dr Magda Ellis (right) working with a colleague

Dr Magda Ellis (right) working with a colleague

For this year’s Stop TB campaign, you can make an individual call to stop TB in your lifetime. That’s the call to arms for the 2012 World TB Day campaign and Centenary has joined the fight. The Institute is part of the TB Research Movement, launched by the Stop TB Partnership and the World Health Organization (WHO), in a collaborative strategic effort to encourage, support and promote the importance of research into the disease.

These organisations have set a goal to eliminate TB globally by 2050. It’s a big job because two billion people carry TB. Only one person in ten will get sick but we don’t know which one.

An inspiring team of Centenary researchers has been working tirelessly in the global effort to better understand the pathogen and the disease so we can better identify the people at risk, and get them the help they need.

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US Government backs Centenary liver study of heavy drinkers

Dr Devanshi Seth

Dr Devanshi Seth is investigating the genetic risk factors for liver cirrhosis due to alcohol

Centenary’s Dr Devanshi Seth, a researcher who works in the liver lab, will soon be testing the genes of hundreds of Sydney-siders to work out why some heavy drinkers develop liver cirrhosis and some don’t. A $2.5 million grant from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help to fund the project.

Dr Seth’s research featured today in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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