AFRM visits Hunter Medical Research Institute

Posted by Bethany Shaw on 8 June 2016

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AFRM has proudly supported HMRI for over 10 years and is part of their new ‘Circle of Strength’ group of supporters. This month our staff were taken on a tour of the amazing HMRI Building located behind John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, to see how our support helps medical research.

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Professor Michael Nilsson, HMRI Director presents an artwork gift to Nick Hatherly, AFRM Director to thank AFRM for continued support

From what began in 1998 as a bold vision to improve community wellbeing in the Hunter, HMRI is now a world-class institute with 1500 medical researchers, students and support staff delivering new treatments for a multitude of serious illnesses.

What we learnt

HMRI pregnancy researchers are studying ageing placentas to understand the timing mechanisms of birth. This could have a large impact on the numbers of stillborn babies born after their due dates. We met one of the researchers currently working on this project.

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We were shown a new 3D microscope designed and built at HMRI. Similar versions are on sale for over $1million, but instead the researchers did it themselves for $70,000! This means they can view entire organs and organisms in 3D which will save huge amounts of time when analyzing cancers and other body tissue. Our team were lucky enough to see this amazing new piece of equipment.

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New technology from Sweden has the potential to transform global stroke care with the development of a Strokefinder helmet. This portable device can diagnose acute stroke in the field, allowing ambulance officers to administer clot-busting drugs which must be done within the timeframe of 4.5 hours. HMRI are aiming to be the first international test site.

Research Programs

HMRI’s researchers work across multiple campuses and seven key translational research programs:

The difference supporters make

HMRI researchers rely on philanthropic donations from the community, along with Government funding, to support research projects, equipment, scholarships, fellowships and travel grants. The impact this funding has includes:

  • Helping stroke survivors recover faster
  • Finding personalised treatments for rare cancers 
  • Letting asthma sufferers breathe easier
  • Giving young children with Type 1 diabetes a more normal life
  • Preventing the pregnancy complications jeopardising newborns 
  • Finding the triggers of Multiple Sclerosis
  • Giving hope to people with Alzheimer’s disease

To find out more about what they do visit www.hmri.org.au

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