Helping uncover the causes of rheumatoid arthritis

Helping uncover the causes of rheumatoid arthritis

A gift in Jean Goodfellow’s will is helping to uncover the causes of rheumatoid arthritis.

Margaret Norman has seen firsthand the challenges faced by sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis. Her grandmother and her aunt, the late Miss Jean Goodfellow, both suffered from this often-crippling disease.

Mr Tommy Liu, Dr Simon Chatfield, Professor Ian Wicks, Margaret Norman and Professor Neville Norman

Chronic inflammatory disease

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that develops when the immune system attacks and destroys joint tissues. It now affects one in 100 Australians.

Miss Goodfellow left a generous gift in her will to support the research of clinician-scientist Professor Ian Wicks. Professor Wicks and his team are working to better understand how and why rheumatoid arthritis develops.

Funding medical research for future generations

Margaret believes it is important to fund medical research to ensure future generations have access to improved diagnosis and treatments. “My hope is that the burden of rheumatoid arthritis can be lessened through medical research.”

For a confidential discussion about leaving a gift to the institute in your will, please contact Susanne Williamson, Head of Fundraising, on 03 9345 2962 or

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Tue, 17/03/2015 - 9:05am