Supporting bold ideas and young researchers

Supporting bold ideas and young researchers

The Dyson Bequest funds innovative research and early-career researchers.

Trustees John Dyson and Rose Gilder believe that by supporting one promising medical researcher and providing funding certainty, the researchers will ultimately help tens of thousands of people.

John Dyson and Rose Gilder with Dr Chris Burns
John Dyson and Rose Gilder with Associate Professor Chris Burns

Institute fellows

The Dyson Bequest has provided crucial support to two institute researchers through fellowship funding.

Associate Professor Chris Burns has used this funding to develop new treatments for Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). AML is the most common acute leukaemia in adults and has a poor prognosis, with very few treatment options available for sufferers.

With her fellowship funding, Associate Professor Marnie Blewitt was able to pursue her research into epigenetics; the factors that determine which genes are turned ‘on’ and ‘off’. This knowledge could lead to new ways of tackling cancer.

Benefits of philanthropic support

“It can take more than 10 years for early career researchers to establish their reputation and attract government funding,” Associate Professor Blewitt explained. 

“The support I have received from the Dyson Bequest has enabled me to conduct 'proof of concept' experiments that ultimately attract government funding. I would not have been able to continue my work without philanthropic support.”

To discuss how you can support early career researchers at the institute, please contact Susanne Williamson on (03) 9345 2962 or

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Mon, 02/05/2016 - 4:15pm