The Baird Institute celebrates research success
Dr Paul Bannon, Senior Clinical Lecturer and Chairman of the Board of The Baird Institute, recently hosted a special function to celebrate of the research efforts of The Baird Institute and announce a new commitment between The Baird Institute and St Jude Medical to fund two more PhD fellowships.
The Baird Institute is named after the late Professor Doug Baird AO, who was well-known to the University of Sydney and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital community for his service and dedication to science and medicine.
The function was attended by Mrs Phillippa Baird, and her four children (pictured right), plus other members of the Baird extended family. The Baird’s were pleased to celebrate the progress of the Institute, and witness the legacy of husband and father, Professor Doug Baird.
During the function, the following people who recently completed their degrees or honours projects under the supervision of Professor Len Kritharides, Professor Cris dos Remedios and the Baird Institute surgeons, Dr Paul Bannon, Dr Matthew Bayfield, Dr Nick Hendel, Professor Cliff Hughes and Associate Professor Brian McCaughan, were recognised as Baird Institute Fellows:
- Dr Michael Barakate FRACS - Master of Surgery, University of Sydney, 2002
- Sean Lal - Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours), University of Sydney, 2002
- Abhishek Sharma - Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours), University of Tasmania, 2002
- Dr Michael Vallely FRACS- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney (at the Heart Research Institute), 2005 and
- Ben Robinson - Honours Task 1 for Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Sydney, 2005.
Two Fellows were also recognised for their long-term service to research:
- Jocelyn McLean RN, BHSc, MN – (Thoracic Case Manager for SCTS) For her enormous contribution over 10 years to the Thoracic Oncology Surgical Service and
- Catherine Kennedy RMRA – (Research and Data Management) For her critical role in the development and management of the internationally recognised Thoracic Surgical Database. Catherine was unable to attend the function due to her attendance at the International meeting for the Lung Cancer Staging Project.
The Baird Institute operates in collaboration with a number of institutions including The University of Sydney, The University of NSW, The Heart Research Institute, and The Centre for Vascular Research, undertaking a combination of clinical and laboratory research, as well as providing training for cardiothoracic surgery.
Dr Paul Bannon with Fellows Sean Lal, Ben Robinson, Abhishek Sharma and Michael Vallely