From the director

From the director

Illuminate newsletter header, June 2016
June 2016

Professor Doug HiltonIn the lead up to the federal election, it was pleasing to see political parties presenting positive policies for science and medical research.

The Institute community has long been aware of the impact of our work to improve health – and support from the federal government continues to be crucial for this.

Initiatives such as the Medical Research Future Fund, which has been backed by all the major parties, will provide future researchers with the funding security they need to continue to do great research.

Reflecting on a century of achievements

At our Annual General Meeting in May, a new book about the Institute’s history, Let there be light, written by Ms Anne Crawford, was launched. Providing a concise overview of the major events in the Institute’s first century, the book is a great resource for everyone who has an interest in our research and our people.

A second book, of alumni reminiscences about the Institute, has also been launched. Compiled and edited by our alumni Dr Emanuela Handman and Professor Jim Goding, Alumni Recollections is a wonderful collection of insights into past Institute life. Many thanks to all the alumni who contributed to this book, and particularly to Emanuela and Jim for their tireless efforts to bring together such a memorable publication.

Metcalf Scholars announced

AGM attendees

Four new Metcalf Scholars, Patrick Hennessy, Victor Lin, Jordan Santucci and Kristen Scicluna, were also announced at our Annual General Meeting. These outstanding undergraduates are getting their first taste of laboratory research at the Institute thanks to the generosity of the many donors to the Metcalf Scholarship Fund. It is heartening to see so many familiar names – alumni, staff, students and collaborators – listed amongst those who contribute to the fund.

Support for gender equity recognised

Earlier this year I was delighted to see our supporters Mr John Dyson and Ms Rose Gilder receive the Philanthropy Australia 2016 Gender-wise Philanthropy Award. John and Rose have been loyal and inspiring supporters of our efforts to improve gender balance at the Institute.

I would also like to acknowledge the generosity of Professor Terry Speed and Mrs Sally Speed in contributing, along with the Dyson Bequest, to our new childcare centre – another important initiative to support the careers of parents at the Institute.


Very best wishes,


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