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What do we know about natural killer cells?

4 June 2015

AIL symposium Dr Nick Huntington - photo credit Joanna Groom WEHIMRHow do specialised immune cells – known as natural killer (NK) cells – develop in our bodies and protect us from infection and cancer?

100 Australian and international specialists and students will come together next week to address these topics at the Walter + Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) for the First Australian Innate Lymphocyte Symposium (AILS2015) sponsored by the Menzies Foundation.

Dr Nick Huntington, Laboratory Head for the Molecular Immunology Division at WEHI and 2006 RG Menzies/NHMRC Fellow, is the chief organiser of this premier research symposium.

Three awarded RG Menzies Scholarships to Harvard

21 May 2015: 

Patrick Mayoh, one of three awarded RG Menzies Scholarships to Harvard A Mandarin-speaking future foreign minister, a budding social entrepreneur and a leader with a fierce determination to address rising inequality in Australia are heading to Harvard University.

The three outstanding performers in their respective fields have been awarded this year’s RG Menzies Scholarships to Harvard.

The scholarships valued at US$60,000 each are Australia's most prestigious national awards for postgraduate study in the United States and are jointly awarded by the Harvard Club of Australia, the Australian National University and the Menzies Foundation.

Bone stem cell breakthrough

7 May 2015

Bone stem cells - Dan WorthleySouth Australian gastroenterologist, cancer research fellow and 2009 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellow, Dr Daniel Worthley, is making his mark in stem cell research. 

Potential treatments to prevent osteoarthritis and osteoporosis and treat cancer could result from research conducted by Dr Worthley and his colleagues at Columbia University Medical Centre.

Published recently in one of the world’s leading science journals, Cell, the research found that bone stem cells regenerate both bone and cartilage in adult mice. Researchers also discovered that osteochondroreticular (OCR) stem cells contributed to bone repair when they were transplanted to a fracture site.

Demonstrating our impact

4 May 2015

Menzies Foundation Annual Report 2014Little did 2014 Menzies Scholar in Engineering, David Bowly, realise he would feature on the front cover of the new-look Menzies Foundation annual report when he and his fellow walkers took on the Snowdonia National Park in Wales.

David’s leap into the unknown perhaps reflects some of our adventurous and tenacious scholars who are featured in the Menzies Foundation Annual Report 2014.

Former public service head joins Menzies’ board

15 April 2015

Terry Moran Board MemberFormer head of the Commonwealth Public Service, Terry Moran AC, has joined the Menzies Foundation Board.

Mr Moran was the Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria from 2000 and later Secretary of the Federal Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2008 to 2011. His current roles include Chair of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority in NSW and National President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Menzies welcomes fourth institute

8 April 2015

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The Menzies Health Institute Queensland is being launched at Griffith University tomorrow, making it the fourth in a prestigious group of health and medical research institutions around Australia to carry the Menzies name.

The Menzies Foundation is proud to be a founding partner of the Institute and Chairman of the Menzies Foundation, Brian Doyle AM, and Professor Allan Cripps, Pro Vice Chancellor (health) at Griffith, have recorded a video explaining philosophy of the partnership.

Breakthrough on deadly infectious diseases

2 April 2015

Francisella bacteriaDr Si Ming Man, recipient of the 2015 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship, is the first author of some ground-breaking research on deadly infectious diseases, published recently in leading scientific journal Nature Immunology.

In fact the research, which focuses on the highly virulent and often fatal infectious bacterium, Francisella tularensis, is receiving significant attention worldwide.  

The research findings were generated by Dr Man and his colleagues at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Vale Malcolm Fraser

23 March 2015

Malcolm Fraser with Heather Henderson, daughter of Sir Robert Menzies The passing of Malcolm Fraser, Australia's 22nd Prime Minister, gives us pause to remember the key role he – and the Australian public – played in the establishment of the Menzies Foundation.

Malcolm Fraser announced in Parliament on 15 May 1978 (upon Sir Robert's death), that there would be a memorial trust to commemorate Sir Robert Menzies.

Governor to award prestigious prizes to our future leaders

27 November 2014:

The Governor of Victoria, His Excellency the Hon Alex Chernov AC QC will present the 2015 Menzies Scholarships at a reception this Thursday evening.

Awarded since the early 1980s for post graduate study in the areas of allied health, engineering, law and medicine, the annual scholarships enable exceptional individuals to further their studies at the world's best universities. Many past recipients have risen to the highest levels of their profession as judges, professors, engineers and researchers.

"This ceremony recognises those young Australians who may well be our future leaders," said Menzies Foundation chief executive Sarah Hardy. "They have extraordinary talent in their chosen fields and have already made significant public service contributions."

Griffith and Menzies Foundation health collaboration

9 October 2014:

Griffith and the Menzies Foundation are set to collaborate together in a move which will position the University as a leader in world-class allied health research.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding formalised this week, the University’s Griffith Health Institute based at its Gold Coast campus, will be renamed the Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ).

The establishment of the new MHIQ will allow Griffith to enhance its research excellence through collaboration and resource sharing, as well as support greater engagement between academic researchers and healthcare professionals nationally and internationally.

Life-changing Rural Scholarships Announced

14 July 2014

Fielding Menzies Tertiary Scholarships

Three VCE students from the state's northwest will be able to study at university, thanks to a new scholarship, Fielding Menzies Tertiary Scholarship.

Recipients were awarded the scholarships at special assemblies in the Hindmarsh Shire on 22 July 2104.

Each student will receive $10,000 for three years (total $30,000 per recipient) with funds provided by the Fielding Foundation in partnership with the Menzies Foundation.

"This presentation will be a life-changing moment for each of these three capable young people," said Menzies Foundation CEO Sarah Hardy.

The winners are:

Nhill College: Jacob Creek

Jacob was born in Arnhem Land and moved to rural Victoria as a high schooler. The keen footballer and CFA member has a wildlife licence (he owns four sugar gliders) and hopes to study environmental science. He was year 11 DUX and is now school vice captain.

Rainbow Secondary College: Georgia Klemm

Georgia will be the first person in her family to seek tertiary education. She hopes to undertake a Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine and eventually research chronic diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's. "I feel very strongly about helping people through these ordeals as my family life has been affected greatly by these illnesses," she said.

Dimboola Memorial Secondary College: Madison Albrecht

Madison hopes to study international relations and commerce at university. She wrote about the advantages of growing up in a tight-knit community, but worried about the financial burden that tertiary study far from home would have on her family.