The annual Weary Dunlop Symposium was held under different circumstances as part of Austin Health’s ResearchFest on 7th October 2020. Using the Teams platform, over 150 participants and viewers joined the broadcast to hear updates on Dunlop funded research from the researchers themselves.
We heard from Dr Sandra Iuliano on how dairy supplements in older adults has been found to reduce the incidence of falls and fractures, from Dr Priya Sumithran on exploring gut feelings to improve the treatment of obesity, and from Professor Andrew Gundlach on drug treatments of chronic pain and emotional disorders.
Each presenter acknowledged the importance of the Dunlop Foundation contribution to the progress of their projects, all of which had particular relevance to Veterans and their families.
We look forward to next year’s event, hopefully in more conventional circumstances.
Many thanks to Professor Jeffrey Zajac and the team at Austin for organising this event.
Thirty-eight Years Supporting Veterans’ Medical Research!
The Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Medical Research Foundation conducts an annual Weary Dunlop Appeal, providing an opportunity for Australians to give generously to help Australian medical research; a chance to perpetuate the selfless and steadfast spirit of the Foundation’s inaugural patron, Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop.
Its launch throughout Victoria coincides with the Commemorative Service on 12 July, at the Shrine of Remembrance, and runs for two weeks. The service is attended by patrons, political and academic dignitaries and also representatives of the Australian Defence Forces, the RSL network and other service organisations.
During the two weeks of the appeal, we seek generous donations from the public of Victoria, the ex-service community such as RSL sub-branches and other ex-service organisations, and schools and community groups.
The Foundation is committed to helping young Australians learn about and appreciate the legacy of Sir Weary. To this end we have asked practicing teachers to produce resources appropriate to the following curriculum areas:
- Primary Schools at Year 6 – Australian Curriculum: history – What contribution have significant individuals and groups made to the development of Australian society?
- Secondary schools (history, civics and citizenship, English – creating biography) as a case study providing a short evidence-based approach to help students understand the significant contribution of Weary Dunlop to the Australian prisoners-of-war on the Burma-Thai Railway, and afterwards. It takes students through a variety of evidence, and provides a model that can be used to investigate other significant people in twentieth century Australian history.
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On behalf of the Directors of the Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Medical Research Foundation I have pleasure in presenting this annual report to the members of the Foundation and to our interested stakeholders.
ANNUAL REPORT (INCLUDING FINANCIALS) 2022
Robert Winther OAM