The Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund was established in 1978 to raise funds for medical & scientific research and to lay the foundation for cooperative work between the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for the mutual benefit of both institutions. All grants made by the Fund are disbursed to the University of Sydney for projects nominated by the Fund's Trustees at both Universities.
Since 1978 the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund has provided millions of dollars for the support of medical research in a wide range of disciplines - the development of cultured skin for the treatment of burns and infection, the management of maturity onset diabetes, the control of pulmonary blood flow, fundamental research into the function of the heart and central nervous system, the molecular biology of AIDS and of other infectious diseases, and the study and early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.
This work, done at the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has contributed to the increasing power of medical science to deal with human disease in all its forms - to diagnose, to cure and, where no cure is available, to treat. We understand that the power of modern medicine comes from its ability to combine knowledge with care, and that its impotence in the face of some diseases comes from ignorance, from what we do not know.
With this understanding the Trustees affirm the Fund's long term goal, to aid the gaining of knowledge which will relieve human suffering, through basic medical research.