Sydney Football Club (Sydney FC)
We are very pleased to announce that our partnership with Sydney Football Club (Sydney FC) will continue throughout 2013.
Sydney FC were great supporters of CMRI in 2012, holding charity matches, fundraising and helping to promote awareness of the importance of medical research into genetic diseases affecting children.
On the 10th of February this year, when Sydney FC takes on Brisbane Roar, they will also fight childhood disease by raising funds at the match. Volunteers will be collecting donations before the match, during half time and at the end of the game.
You can also purchase limited edition signed T-shirts with a percentage of proceeds going to support the life changing work the scientists at CMRI are doing. To find out more information visit Sydney FC Website
Please get involved and show your support for Sydney FC while making a difference to the health of children all around the world.
Star Alliance PhD Travel Scholarships. Each year, one of CMRI’s top PhD students is chosen to receive the Star Alliance Travel Scholarship, which provides a Round the World ticket for the winner to attend an international conference or visit some laboratories overseas to enhance his/her knowledge and research skills. Allison Dane, winner of the 2011 Star Alliance scholarship, received the award from Star Alliance Business Manager, Brian Garside, at the annual Jeans for Genes Gala Dinner in Sydney.
Allison made good use of the prize and travelled to the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy Meeting in Brighton UK, where her PhD work was presented as a poster for scientific discussion. She then visited labs in Milan Italy, Winnipeg Canada, Washington DC, and Portland, Oregon, to investigate post-doctoral research opportunities.
“I am extremely grateful for this scholarship. It allowed me to discuss the research we do here in the Gene Therapy Unit with world leaders in the field. I was able to bring back some ideas for new directions to take my research and make contacts that will enable collaborations in the future,” Allison Dane said.
Also thanks to the Star Alliance Travel Scholarship, Allison was able to obtain a post-doctoral position in Milan, which will further her scientific training and allow her to acquire new skills that will benefit Australian science when she returns.
The very first Star Alliance scholarship was presented in 2010 to Josh Stern, a PhD student in the Cell Biology Unit at CMRI.
“The Star Alliance travel scholarship allowed me to attend the international conference ‘Telomeres & DNA Damage Repair’. Hearing others speak about telomere biology helped further my own research. More importantly, I was able to communicate my findings on cancer to other scientists in the field and create opportunities to collaborate and enhance each others’ work on cancer,” said Josh Stern.
“This kind of community support is a very powerful motivator. We’re doing this work to help children and the community. Knowing that the community cares and is involved in the process is extremely important.”
Photo: Allison Dane (Star Aliiance Travel Scholarship winner) with Brian Garside at 2011 Jeans for Genes Gala dinner.