Finding cures for children's genetic diseases


Inaugural Research Excellence Awards


Three of the top research programs at Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) were recognised for their excellence in medical research on Thursday evening, with a total of $300,000 granted in the categories of Outstanding Research Idea (one award) and Outstanding Research Achievement (two awards) at CMRI's inaugural Research Excellence Awards event.
Dr Tony Cesare took out the Research Excellence Award for Outstanding Research Idea, with his vision to develop a rapid method for assessing the health of telomeres. Associate Professor Robyn Jamieson and Associate Professor Tracy Bryan and their teams have each been awarded $100,000 for their research achievements over the last 12 months. A/Prof Bryan discovered a cause of bone marrow failure, and A/Prof Jamieson discovered a cause for blindness.

“Leading Australian scientists reviewed the applications for these awards, and all agreed the submissions were of high quality and international merit,” CMRI Director, Professor Roger Reddel said.

Donations for these inaugural awards were received from corporate donors Zhiwei Group Pty Ltd and Chuang Xiu Investments.

“The work of CMRI’s scientists continues to be crucial for understanding and treating illness in children and also has a longer-term positive effect on the health of the people of, not only New South Wales, but globally, as ground-breaking medical discoveries transform the health of the community,” says Mr Xiangmo Huang of YuHu Group, who is Chairman of the Research Excellence Foundation.

“We are very grateful to Mr Huang Xiangmo, Chairman of the Yuhu Group and Chairman of the Research Excellence Foundation, and to the Zhiwei Group and Chuang Xiu Investments for their commitment to long-term support of excellent research through the Research Excellence Awards,” Professor Reddel said.

The event was attended by Nobel Laureate, Professor Thomas Cech and the Minister for Medical Research, The Hon Pru Goward.