$5m gift to fund clinical research into stroke and MND

24 May 2017
$5million was given to QBI by the The Brazil Family Foundation
(L-R) Patricia Danver, Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement); Professor Iain Watson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement); Professor Pankaj Sah, Director, QBI; Bobbie Brazil AO; Lyn Brazil; Peter Varghese AO, Chancellor; Professor Linda Richards, Deputy Director (Research), QBI

A $5 million donation to Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at The University of Queensland will transform the way world-leading researchers work with patients and doctors. 

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said the generous gift from The Brazil Family Foundation would support clinical collaborations in both stroke and motor neurone disease (MND) research. 

“This transformative donation from the Brazil family will extend the world-class stroke and motor neurone research being conducted at QBI,” Professor Høj said.

“Introducing a clinical arm to QBI enables clinicians and researchers to work side-by-side with patients to better understand and cure disease.”

Donation helps clinical research at QBI

QBI Director Professor Pankaj Sah said the gift would enhance the opportunity for QBI scientists to engage directly with patients.

“The Brazil family’s dedication and passion for understanding, managing and preventing neurological disease is inspiring,” Professor Sah said. 

“Their gift will have a profound impact on stroke and motor neurone disease research, and accelerate research through a cross-disciplinary approach.

A new clinical researcher will lead part of QBI’s new clinical arm. "I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Michael O’Sullivan, an eminent neurologist previously of King’s College, London," said Professor Sah.

“Professor O’Sullivan will drive QBI’s stroke research efforts, in addition to his new role as Director of the Mater (clinical) Centre for Neuroscience.”

Stroke affects more than 50,000 new Australians each year, is the nation’s third-biggest killer, and is estimated to cost the healthcare system $54 billion per annum.

 

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