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Children’s Medical Research Institute Thanks 2GB


Professor Roger Reddel, Lorimer Dods Professor and Director of Children’s Medical Research Institute has thanked the highly influential 2GB hosts for their support in raising community awareness of the health advances we all currently enjoy because of medical research and the unprecedented opportunities that exist right now to make advances for children with unsolved health conditions.

“I am most thankful for their magnificent support in highlighting the work of Children's Medical Research Institute to the broader community, and how vital it is to invest in medical research,” Professor Reddel said.
The broadcast also highlighted the unique network of committees all around NSW and in the ACT that raise funds for Children's Medical Research Institute.

During the live broadcast Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, The Hon Jillian Skinner, announced that the Baird NSW Government had committed a multi-million dollar investment towards paediatric medical research, which will see an upgrading of paediatric research facilities across New South Wales.
“The Baird Government has been highly supportive of medical research, and Minister Skinner was instrumental in providing funding for a very substantial proportion of Stage One of CMRI's building redevelopment,” Professor Reddel said.

2GB listeners were very generous, with a large number of people pledging a collective total of $23,940 on the day in person, online and by phone. A donation of $100,000 was also announced on air for CMRI's Eye Genetics research program which is uncovering the causes of hereditary blindness and other eye problems in childhood. 100% of all donations to Children's Medical Research go directly to vital research into developing new treatments to defeat serious diseases of childhood, including cancer and genetic diseases.

“Children's Medical Research Institute was set up by the community, and the community's continuing support has underpinned everything we have achieved over more than half a century - and remains critically important for all of our ongoing and future work. Our heartfelt thanks to every individual who contributed in response to the broadcast,” said Professor Reddel.