Professor Mathew Vadas, Executive Director of the Centenary Institute welcomed Australia’s new Minister for Health, The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, this morning. Professor Warwick Britton led her on a tour of the PC3 facility and spoke to her about Centenary’s tuberculosis projects. She met with Professor John Rasko to discuss gene and stem cell therapy, and Dr Nikolas Haass about his melanoma research that has been published today in Clinical Cancer Research. She also visited Centenary’s flow cytometry and multi-photon facilities and spent time with Professor Chris Semsarian at Centenary’s cardiovascular unit.
The Minister heard from faculty and clinicians about the importance of Centenary’s alliance and close proximity to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney, and that government funding was a major contributing factor in Centenary’s recent breakthroughs in prostate cancer and melanoma treatments, liver transplants and immune system diseases.
Professor Vadas was delighted that Ms Plibersek had managed to fit the visit in before being sworn in as the new Health Minister by the Governor General at 3.30pm today.