Supporting Our Researchers

The support of charitable trusts and foundations greatly assists Burnet's capacity to pursue innovative research.

Trusts and Foundations

We greatly appreciate the support we receive from a range of supporters of our work including the Peter Falvey Foundation managed by Perpetual Trustees, for generously supporting our work in Zimbabwe.

“Without the support of Perpetual Trustees and the Peter Falvey Foundation, our Zimbabwe program wouldn’t be as long standing and sustainable. We sincerely thank them for their generous support.” – Ms Mary-Ann Nicholas, Program Manager, Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) & Africa, Centre for International Health.

  • With the help of Perpetual Trustees, Burnet is assisting in the saving of women and children’s lives in Mashonaland Central province, Zimbabwe, through upgrading four rural health centres and one district hospital and providing training for midwives to improve the quality of care.

Joe White Bequest

A generous long-term supporter of Burnet Institute, the Joe White Bequest assisted with the purchase of a mobile FibroScan which will greatly assist our hepatitis C research and treatment.

Harold and Cora Brennen Benevolent Trust, managed by Equity Trustees. Thanks to the generous support of the Harold and Cora Brennen Benevolent Trust, managed by Equity Trustees, Burnet Institute is the recipient of a super-resolution microscope, one of only three in Victoria.

CASS Foundation

The CASS Foundation has recognised Burnet’s cutting-edge research by supporting Associate Professor Gilda Tachedjian’s innovative research of bat tetherins to fight human viruses including Ebola and Hendra.

The Ian Potter Foundation

The generous gift from The Ian Potter Foundation ensured the purchase of a ClarioStar microplate reader to significantly enhance Burnet’s research capacity and outcomes.

Gandel Philanthropy

We greatly appreciate the generosity of Gandel Philanthropy to support MIDY Trial (Mobile Intervention for Drinking in Young people).

Freemason’s Public Charitable Foundation

We thank Freemason’s Public Charitable Foundation for supporting the purchase of a Nucleofector machine to assist and increase the efficiency of gene research.

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund has helped us to better understand young people’s needs and knowledge gaps regarding new sexual media to inform public education.

June Canavan Foundation

The June Canavan Foundation generously supports our Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program in PNG.

Rebecca L. Cooper Medical Research Foundation

Thank you to the Rebecca L. Cooper Medical Research Foundation supporting our research into novel therapeutics.

Rotary Club of Preston

The kindness of the Rotary Club of Preston has supported us with optimising antimalarial treatment against drug resistant malaria in Cambodia.

William Angliss Charitable Fund

Thank you to the William Angliss Charitable Fund for supporting the purchase of the FibroScan.

The Eirene Lucas Foundation

A valued long-term supporter of Burnet Institute, The Eirene Lucas Foundation has assisted us in purchasing the FibroScan, which will assist with hepatitis C treatment.

Invergowrie Foundation

We are extremely appreciative for the Invergowrie Foundation’s continuing support which gives an at-risk, disadvantaged young person the opportunity to gain employment experience and qualifications through a Burnet Institute Traineeship.

Macquarie Capital

Thank you to Macquarie Capital for ongoing support of the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies program and the Alastair Lucas Endowment Fund.

Travel Grants

Travel grants ensure our researchers can benefit from sharing their work and learning from international peers at research conferences around the globe. We thank all the Foundations and charitable trusts who provide support through travel grants to make this happen.

Each year the Harold Mitchell Foundation generously awards two $5000 Travel Grants for Burnet’s researchers - a Postgraduate Travel Fellowship and a Postdoctoral Travel Fellowship.

Harold Mitchell Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Dr Herbert Opi, (Beeson Group, Richards Group)

Harold Mitchell Postgraduate Travel Fellowship

  • Kathleen Ryan, (Behaviours and Health Risks, Disease Elimination programs)

Other Award Recipients 2017

These talented researchers also received Awards that will enable them to attend conferences or participate in further training and study:

Pauline Speedy Travel Fellowship

  • Ms Katherine O’Flaherty, PhD student

Miller Foundation Biomedical Research Travel Award

  • Ms Riya Palchaudhuri, (Disease Elimination, Healthy Ageing Programs)

Miller Foundation Public Health Travel Award:

  • Ms Cassandra Wright, (Behaviours and Health Risks Program)

The Hon Geoffrey Connard Travel Fellowship:

  • Ms Jacqui Richmond, (Behaviours and Health Risks, Disease Elimination Programs) This award provides international conference travel support to early career investigators studying in the field of medical research.

The Crockett-Murphy Travel Award (up to $5,000) to support national staff in Burnet’s programs overseas)

  • Ms Primrose Homiehombo, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Research Officer Kokopo, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Crofts Publication Award:

Elisha de Valle, Jasper Cornish and Dr Raffi Gugasyan, NFkappaB1 is essential to prevent the development of multi-organ autoimmunity by limiting IL-6 production in follicular B cells.

Biomedical Research Publication Awards:

Dr Nick Scott, Dr Joseph Doyle and Professor Margaret Hellard, Cost-effectiveness of treating chronic hepatitis C virus with direct-acting antivirals in people who inject drugs in Australia.

Dr Pham Duc Minh, Paul Agius, Peter McGlynn, Associate Professor David Anderson, Professor Suzanne Crowe AM, Associate Professor Stanley Luchters, Performance of point-of-care CD4 testing technologies in resource-constrained settings: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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Julie Wood

Manager, Trusts and Corporate Partnerships