Ninety-nine years of discoveries: Victoria’s medical research institutes celebrated

Ninety-nine years of discoveries: Victoria’s medical research institutes celebrated

21st February, 2014

Speakers_747x388Victoria’s medical research institutes (MRIs) were recently celebrated at a function at Parliament House in Melbourne, where the Hon David Davis MP, the Victorian Minister for Health and Ageing, and Opposition Leader, the Hon Daniel Andrews MP, acknowledged MRIs’ outstanding contributions and achievements during the past 99 years.

Since the establishment of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research with a donation from the Walter and Eliza Hall Trust in 1915, Victoria’s medical research sector has grown by leaps and bounds, creating a worldwide reputation for excellence in medical research innovation and groundbreaking research.

‘MRIs provide a unique interface between lab-based research and healthcare delivery,’ said Professor Brendan Crabb, President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) and Director of the Burnet Institute.

‘As mission-based charities overseen by voluntary boards of some of the state’s most experienced business people, MRIs also attract substantial philanthropic investment to the state.

‘The close ties between MRIs and the state’s hospitals, universities and biotech sector has put the ‘Melbourne biosciences’ brand on the international stage.’

Victoria’s MRIs were well-represented at the event by representatives from:

  • Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute
  • Burnet Institute
  • Bionics Institute
  • Centre for Eye Research Australia
  • The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
  • MIMR-PHI of Medical Research
  • Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • National Ageing Research Institute
  • O’Brien Institute
  • Orygen Youth Health Research Centre
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research
  • Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

The event was hosted by Ms George Crozier MP, the Parliamentary Secretary for Health, and included guest speaker Mr Harold Mitchell, Chairman of The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, who also spoke of the benefits of health and medical research in Victoria.