$45.1 million grant goes to Australian medical research
August 08, 2013
There are so many medical afflictions affecting a large number of people that simply don't have a cure yet. From cancer to mental challenges and many chronic diseases, scientists and doctors are constantly striving to find new and innovative treatment options.
This might have become a bit easier in Australia, as private citizen Clive Berghofer recently gave a $45.1 million grant to The Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR). The money will be put toward discovering cures for cancers, infectious diseases and other disorders in which the QIMR specializes. Furthermore, part of the sum will be invested in the latest technologies.
"The funds will be used to enable us to continue our cutting edge research. They will enable us to expand our recruitment program, provide strong support for students, and ensure our staff have state-of-the-art equipment," noted QIMR Director Professor Frank Gannon.
In return, the medical center will now be known as the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.
Berghofer has been a major player in the Australian philanthropic scene for a number of years. According to The Chronicle, students at Wellcamp State School, his alma mater, recently called him an inspiration, while Principal Kym Stansbie noted that he had made donations to the school in the past.
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