Meniere's Research Fund

In 2001, Sydney Medical School Foundation established the Meniere's Research Fund for the purpose of supporting research into Meniere's disease at Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney.

The Meniere’s Research Fund was the brainchild of the Meniere’s Support Group of NSW. The Group, largely made up of Meniere’s disease sufferers and their families, was committed to expand their activities to support research that would contribute to the knowledge of their disease, a condition which incapacitates sufferers with symptoms such as recurrent episodes of vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss.

The result was an affiliation with Sydney Medical School. The Meniere’s Support Group of NSW would raise the funds in order for the School to establish the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Meniere’s Disease Research, the first of its kind in Australia. The fellowship would allow the recipient to further study research techniques specific to Meniere’s disease in the United States for two years, followed by a one year residency at Sydney Medical School.

Thanks to the tireless fundraising efforts of the members of the Meniere's Research Group of NSW, the Meniere's Research Fund reached its initial financial target of $300k in 2007, enabling Sydney Medical School to send inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Daniel Brown to the United States to work with cochlear physiology expert Professor Alec Salt. After two years under the guidance of Professor Salt, Dr Brown returned to the University of Sydney to complete the final year of his fellowship in 2009 where he established Australia’s first laboratory focussing on Meniere’s disease research.

In 2010, the relationship between these committed supporters and the Meniere’s Research Fund at Sydney Medical School Foundation was strengthened with a formal affiliation agreement between the University of Sydney and the Meniere’s Research Fund Incorporated, an offshoot of the original Meniere’s Support Group of NSW.

As a result of the tireless fundraising efforts by these friends, the Meniere’s Research Fund at Sydney Medical School Foundation has received, and expended, more than $1.2milllion in support of research into Meniere’s disease at Sydney Medical School.

Dr Brown and his growing team at the Brain & Mind Research Institute continue to focus their research into methods of objectively diagnosing Meniere's disease and determining its underlying pathophysiology.

It is hoped that this research will lead to the development of an effective treatment or cure for the debilitating disease, of which approximately 43,000 Australians currently suffer.

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