A Changing of the Guard at the Foundation

At the Foundation’s AGM in November, members welcomed the appointment of a new Chair and Deputy Chair.

dunlop_26Incoming Chair is Robert Winther OAM. Robert is Veteran Liaison Officer at Austin Health and is very well known for his work with the ex-service community over some 55 years. He expressed his enthusiasm at the appointment and is looking forward to working with the Board for a cause that deeply interests him.

Robert being welcomed by Mike O’MearaLAUREEN GRIMES#1

Joining Robert at the helm will be Laureen Grimes. Laureen has been a Dunlop director for two  years. She is past Chair of the Victorian Veterans Council and in 2020 was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

Board-Member-Michael-FidlerThe new appointments follow the retirement from the Board of two long-serving directors, Chair Mike O’Meara OAM and Deputy Chair Michael Fidler, who together have logged some 30 years of service as Dunlop directors. They cited their reason for stepping down as providing an opportunity for renewal to carry the Foundation forward. Both affirmed their ongoing support for medical research that benefits those who have served, and their commitment to the legacy of Sir Edward Dunlop.

Weary Dunlop Symposium – in case you missed it!

The Dunlop Symposium held on 6th October as part of Austin Health’s Research Fest was an outstanding success, with wonderful speakers witnessed by over 110 viewers. Our thanks to Austin Health, and to Professor Zajac, Deb Gillespie and Chris Leung and the team for their excellent presentation of the event.

In case you missed it, or if you want to share the occasion with others, click here.


New Promotional Video

At the very successful Dunlop Symposium held on 6th October, the Weary Dunlop Foundation was pleased to launch a new video introducing Sir Edward Dunlop and promoting the work of Foundation created in his name. The video is the work of a young lady named Sara, the daughter of Dunlop Research Fellow and Board Director, Associate Professor Elif Ekinci. Thank you Sara for your marvellous contribution.

View the video here



Another Accolade for Dunlop Director

The Foundation is pleased to add our congratulations to Associate Professor Elif Ekinci, Board Member and Dunlop Principal Research Fellow in Metabolic Medicine at The University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine, Austin Health

Elif has been awarded the 2021 Ranji and Amara Wikramanayake Clinical Diabetes Award, recognising her work to translate research into improved outcomes for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.                                                                                                    ELIF EKINCI        Congratulations Elif!

Dunlop Service an In-Person Success

The Sir Edward Dunlop Commemorative Service, held annually at the Weary Dunlop statue in St Kilda Road on 12th July, Weary’s birth date, was a meaningful event for those attending.


The fact that it was once again held in-person, and that it attracted beautiful sunshine throughout, added to the truly special occasion. The large number present (including our centenarian board director and WW2 Veteran, Fred Cullen OAM) heard a reading from Ms Diana Dunlop, Sir Edward’s granddaughter and a Foundation director, and thoughts on Dunlop’s legacy from Victoria’s Minister for Veterans, the Hon Shaun Leane. Mr Frank McGuire MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research, launched the annual Dunlop Appeal.

IMG_3672#1Ms Michelle Gillespie, a Director from Swinburne University of Technology announced Ms Trinity Ross as the recipient of Swinburne’s 2021 Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Scholarship, awarded to a student for their contribution to community service. Trinity is another in a long line of worthy winners (see Trinity’s Dunlop Essay on the Community Partnerships page).

The solemn service was conducted with support from the Defence Force School of Signals (Catafalque), Bugler Ryan Koroknai from the School of Music, and piper Corporal Ben Casey from the 5th/6th Royal Victorian Regiment.

The Foundation was grateful for the financial support of the Victorian Government and Victorian Veterans Council.


Following cancellation of the Weary Dunlop Commemorative Service in 2020, and the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, the Foundation Board is pleased to confirm that this year’s service will be held at 11:00am at Weary’s statue in St Kilda Road, on his birthday, Monday 12th July.

Our special guest speaker will be the Hon Shaun Leane MP, Minister for Veterans in the Victorian Government.

Incorporated in the service will be the launch of the 2021 Dunlop Appeal, and presentation of Swinburne University’s Weary Dunlop Scholarship.

In view of COVID requirements, social distancing will be observed, and QR recording of attending guests will be conducted (please see link to attached COVIDSafe Event Checklist – SEDF – DUNLOP SERVICE 2021 COVIDSAFE EVENT CHECKLIST

Fingers crossed for the weather!


Governor-General’s Medallion Awarded

At the end of last year, the Foundation received the following message from the office of our Patron-in-Chief, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of Australia:

“This year has been unique and brought many challenges. Importantly though, for organisations like yours that do so much in our community, while the how may have changed, the ‘why’ and the ‘who’ have not. You have continued to help people, uplift those around you and made our community better.
 In the normal course of events the Governor-General and Mrs Hurley would be looking forward to welcoming you to Government House to say thank you in person. That is not possible in 2020 because of COVID-19 restrictions.
Their Excellencies would still like to acknowledge and thank your organisation for all of the incredible and tireless efforts across 2020.
One way that they would like to do that is to provide your organisation with a Governor-General’s medallion for presentation to a member of your team (staff, volunteer or supporter) who has contributed in some significant way to your efforts in 2020. The medallion is a gift and it is up to each organisation to determine who to present it to (and why).”

Of course, we welcomed this opportunity to recognise service to the Weary Dunlop legacy, and after due consideration the Foundation Board decided to award the Governor-General’s medallion to our Treasurer of five years Mr Dennis Payne.

Since joining the Board, Mr Payne, a National Serviceman, has gone well above and beyond the call of duty in attending to the financial management of the organisation. In spite of leading a busy professional life, he has been very generous with his time, and his meticulous attention to detail and keeping Directors informed is greatly appreciated. His contribution to developing new fundraising ideas is driven by a deep commitment to benefitting ex-serving men and women through medical research in the name of Sir Edward Dunlop.IMG_3554#1



The medallion was presented at our 2021 research grant presentations in May. Congratulations Dennis, on this well-deserved acknowledgement of your contribution.

2021 Dunlop Grant Winners Announced

At the May meeting of the Dunlop Board were pleased to present the recipients of the 2021 Dunlop Grants with their Foundation certificates. The winners this year are:

Dr Benjamin Parker, University of Melbourne, Department of Physiology, Parkville                        Characterising Novel Diabetes Therapeutic Targets Using Proteome-Wide Systems Genetics

Associate Professor Sof Andrikopoulos, University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine, Austin Health      Identification and Characterisation of Nav2 – a Novel Gene of Islet β-Cell Dysfunction in Type 2 Diabetes [John Boxer Bequest Award]

Dr Jennifer Huynh, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, School of Cancer Medicine, Austin  Health                                                                                                                                                                 Targeting a Novel Cytokine to Effectively Treat Bowel Cancer [Florence Craigie Bequest Award]

Associate Professor Michael Hildebrand, University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine, Austin Health Cerebrospinal Fluid Liquid Biopsy for Detecting Somatic Mosaicism in Brain 

Associate Professor Piero Perucca, University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine, Austin Health                Exposure to Antiepileptic Drugs in Utero and Poor Fetal Growth

Associate Professor Rachel Davey, University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine, Austin Health  Understanding How Cross-Sex Hormone Therapy Affects Bone  

Dr Timothy Rolfe, Division of Mental Health, Austin Health                                                                                      A Randomised, Sham Controlled Clinical Trial Using Home-Administered Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


 2021 Weary Dunlop Grant Awards

L to R: Standing: Prof Jeffrey Zajac (Chair Assessment Panel), Dr Timothy Rolfe, Assoc Prof Michael Hildebrand, Dr Benjamin Parker, Mike O’Meara (Foundation Chair)

Seated: Dr Jennifer Huynh, Assoc Prof Piero Perucca, Assoc Prof Rachel Davey

Benalla P-12 College Announces Dunlop Award Winner

Weary Dunlop Foundation Award #1In 2020 the Foundation was pleased to initiate a $500 award to a selected Year 9 student at Benalla P-12 College.

Titled the “Weary Dunlop Foundation Award”, it recognises a student with high achievement in maths/science and aspirations of entering one of the health disciplines.

The winner requires a good understanding of Sir Edward Dunlop’s story and legacy.

We are pleased to congratulate the inaugural winner of the award, Ms Nicole Patterson, pictured here with Benalla College Executive Principal Mr Tony Clark.

We send our best wishes to Nicole in her chosen career.

Excellence Award for Dunlop Senior Researcher

The Foundation is pleased to learn that our Director and Principal Research Fellow, Associate Professor Elif Ekinci MBBS FRACP PhD, has been awarded a Dame Kate Campbell Fellowship by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. The award is in recognition of Elif’s outstanding research in metabolic medicine.