Giving Generously

From article appearing in the Western Weekender.

SINCE its humble beginning s in 2000, the Nepean Medical Research Foundation (NMRF) has been a driving force in the field of local research. Founded by Sub Dean, Professor Sirus Narqui, the Foundation and the Nepean Clinical School work towards finding answers, bearing in mind that ‘today’s research is tomorrow’s treatment’. The continued success of the Foundation was exemplified recently when the NMRF announced its research grants at Nepean Hospital’s annual Scientific Day. With an impressive total of $95,000 in grants and prizes, seven outstanding research grants were announced, with the money going towards research in the areas of Ectopic Pregnancy, the functional state of cells in normal pregnancy compared to pre-eclampsa, Parkinson’s Disease and measurement of surgical motor skills.

NMRF President, Gwen McMaster-Fay, said she was thrilled to be able to announce the grants, which would contribute significantly to medical research in the local area.

“In these tough economic times, it is a pleasure to give grants to the value of $95,000 to stimulate and reward many of the researchers that are based at the Nepean Clinical School,” Ms McMaster-Fay said. “We look forward to giving these awards out annually and it is a thrill to see the results of the research.”

The NMRF is proudly supported by the University of Sydney and assists quality research projects at the Nepean Clinical School to contribute to a better understanding of causes and improved treatment of disease. The NMRF believe there is a continuing need to support community understanding and appreciation of the benefits of a strong and robust research sector in Australia and multi site networks throughout the world.

The Nepean Philanthropists continue to grow in numbers and these generous local donors who have made a commitment to the Foundation for five years will soon attend an annual thank you function at the Lewer’s Gallery to recognise their contribution to local medical research.

Gwen McMaster-Fay, handing over a research grant to Associate Professor George Condous.

Gwen McMaster-Fay, handing over a research grant to Associate Professor George Condous.