Official news, updates and media releases on the Menzies Foundation activity are available here.

No separation of medical and mental health

13 July 2015

Professor Adrian Liston

2005 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellow, Professor Adrian Liston, is one of the researchers in an important study which provides new insights into the cause of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), underscoring the connection between psychological factors and the immune system.

Former Chief Scientist joins Menzies Board

18 June 2015

Dr John Stocker AOWith a distinguished career in pharmaceutical research and extensive experience in the commercialisation of research and development, former Chief Executive of the CSIRO, Dr John Stocker AO, has strengthened the research credentials of the Menzies Foundation board.

John has served in a number of pre-eminent science roles including the Australian Government's Chief Scientist, Chairman of the Australian Science and Technology Council and as a member of the Australian Research Council.

Menzies scholarship open for leading engineers

16 June 2015:

Menzies Engineering scholarship opensThe 2016 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering, valued at up to $75,000 per year, is now open for applications.

The Menzies Foundation is looking for outstanding engineers who are shaping up to be the next generation of leaders and looking to do further postgraduate study overseas.

Allied Health scholarship deadline: 2 weeks

15 June 2015

Allied Health scholarship deadline: 2 weeksThere are two weeks remaining to submit an application for the $55,000 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences.

The Menzies Foundation is looking for outstanding allied health researchers shaping up to be the next generation of leaders in their field, who are working to improve the health of Australians.

Menzies scholar leads HBS Women’s Student Association

10 June 2015

Angela Winkle HBS 2015Since arriving at Harvard Business School (HBS) last August, Angela Winkle has been taking advantage of the opportunity to take risks and get involved, including becoming a semi-finalist in the HBS New Ventures Competition and the Co-President of the Women's Student Association.

The 2014 Menzies Scholar to Harvard has learnt it's not enough to take the safe, successful path.

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.