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.
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) Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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.
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 →
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.
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.
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.