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Florey Medical Research Foundation

Florey and his team of scientists changed the course of history when they developed penicillin into an antibiotic treatment.

The Florey Medical Research Foundation is named in honour of Lord Howard Florey, a University of Adelaide Medical School graduate, who shared in a Nobel Prize for his research and development of penicillin. His lifetime of achievement serves as a source of inspiration to students and researchers alike.

The Foundation is based within the Faculty of Health Sciences and is committed to raising funds for postgraduate research scholarships and early career postdoctoral research fellowships within the Medical Program.

  • Research

    The Florey Medical Research Foundation is committed to funding research projects of the highest calibre. The Foundation’s goal is to continue to raise funds to appoint early career postdoctoral research fellowships in the Medical Program.

    The Foundation is currently funding the following:

    Veronika Sacco Clinical Cancer Research Fellowship

    Myeloma Research Laboratory, School of Medical Sciences

    Dr Jacqueline Noll
    Investigating the role of the bone microenvironment in the development and progression of myeloma

    Florey Clinical Cancer Research Fellowship

    Centre for Personalised Cancer Medicine, Discipline of Medicine

    Dr Kathleen Pishas
    Targeting the p53 pathway in cancer

    Congratulations to Dr Kathleen Pishas who has won the Ross Wishart Memorial Award at this year's Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Medical Research Week SA Scientific Meeting.  The award is presented to the most outstanding presentation by a young investigator.  Dr Pishas, a postdoctoral researcher with the Sarcoma Research Group in the Centre for Personalised Cancer Medicine, presented on: From bench to bedside: providing a personalised approach for the treatment of sarcomas.

    Early Career Postdoctoral Northern Health Research Fellowship

    Research Centre for the Early Origins of Health and Disease

    Dr Annette Osei-Kumah
    Improving the health of pregnant asthmatic women in populations in Northern Adelaide

    Florey Medical Research Foundation Arthritis SA Research Fellowship

    School of Population Health

    Dr Elizabeth Hoon
    Empowering people to manage musculoskeletal conditions

    Florey Medical Research Foundation Bertha Sudholz Research Scholarship

    School of Medicine, Discipline of Surgery

    Dr Edward Cleland
    Non-invasive Detection of Biofilms in Chronic Rhinosinusitis

    Travelling Fellowship Award

    Centre of Research Excellence in Translating Science to Good Health, School of Medicine

    Laurence Trahair
    Funds awarded to travel to and present at the 73rd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, Chicago

    Florey Medical Research Foundation Jemima Lendrum Honours Grant

    School of Psychology

    Lillian Vadasz
    Consumers’ and Health Professionals’ attitudes towards future blood screening technology for detecting Colorectal Cancer, A qualitative investigation

    Florey Postgraduate Clinical Research into Mental Health Travel Grant

    School of Psychology

    Danica Liu
    Funds awarded to support travel to the International Association for Suicide Prevention, Norway, The Karolinkska Institute, Stockholm and Bristol University, UK

    Florey Postgraduate Medical Research Top up Scholarship

    Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders, Discipline and School of Medicine

    Christopher Wong
    Obesity and atrial fibrillation: arrhythmogenic effects of generalised and localised obesity

    Florey Postgraduate Medical Research Top up Scholarship

    Cardiovascular Research Centre, Department of Medicine, Royal Adelaide Hospital, School of Medicine

    Samuel Sidharta
    The in vivo investigation of relationship between segmental coronary endothelial function and regional atheroma plaque progression / regression

    Florey Postgraduate Medical Research Foundation Reginald Walker Medical Research Scholarship

    School of Medicine

    Clare McNally
    The oral health and neck of femur fracture study

  • How You Can Support Us

    Make a Donation

    If you would like to make a donation to the Foundation, please download a donation form or visit our online giving page. Alternatively, to have a confidential discussion with our Fundraising Manager, please call 08 8313 3995.


    Medical Research Fellowships funded through The Florey Medical Research Foundation have largely been made possible by gifts that everyday individuals have left to us in their Wills.

    Leaving a bequest to The Florey Medical Research Foundation helps ensure that vital research continues and medical breakthroughs occur which benefit society as a whole.

    Our Scientists are more than happy to meet with you to discuss their work and take you on tours of their respective laboratories - this will help you make an informed decision about your lasting legacy.

    If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Maryanne Noon, Fundraising Manager for the Florey Medical Research Foundation, or phone 08 8313 3995.

    For assistance with specific information and wording please visit the University's bequest website.

    Community Support

    Community fundraising is a great way to become involved and provide support for important medical research projects.

    If you would like to discuss ways of supporting the Foundation by holding a fundraising event, please contact Maryanne Noon, Fundraising Manager for the Florey Medical Research Foundation.

    Corporate Partnerships

    The Foundation is actively seeking corporate partnerships for ongoing and future research scholarships and fellowships. We can offer an individual approach for each corporate partnership to benefit your own marketing strategy and we understand the importance of a mutually beneficial partnership.

    Our aim is to partner with corporate groups who share our passion and our vision for improved health for this and future generations.

    A corporate organisation aligning with a charitable cause, such as ours, can value add, build brand equity and reputation and consumers show a greater willingness to stay loyal. It can also inspire staff motivation and retention.

    Contact us to discuss establishing a corporate partnership with the Foundation. We encourage and welcome:

    • Employee Fundraising
    • Corporate philanthropy
    • Cause related marketing
    • Fundraising events and initiatives
    • Event sponsorship
    • Staff volunteering

    ...and would be happy to discuss any of these inititatives with you. All our sponsors are acknowledged and sponsorship benefits may apply.

  • Community Supporters

    Bingo - Raising Funds for Medical Research

    Proceeds from Bingo have been supporting cancer research projects in South Australia for more than thirty years with approximately two million dollars raised! Currently, funds raised are supporting the Foundation and last year over $100, 000 was donated!

    The Whyalla Area Cancer & Support Group

    A big thanks to the Whyalla team headed by President, Mrs Sandra Plew. The Whyalla Area Cancer and Support Group have been raising funds for the Florey Medical Research Foundation for many years and have organised many successful events to help support cancer research.

  • Annual Florey Lecture

    We have great pleasure in announcing that Professor Fiona Wood FRCS, FRACS, AM will deliver the 2014 Annual Florey Lecture.

    Each year, to honour and celebrate medical research, innovation and success, The Florey Medical Research Foundation invites a prominent researcher to Adelaide to deliver a public lecture in their field – and Professor Wood’s lecture will be one not to miss.

    Professor Wood led a team who worked day and night to care for badly burned victims of the Bali bombings in 2002.  It was during this time that the “spray-on skin” cell technology Professor Wood pioneered for use in treating burns victims grabbed international headlines.   In recognition of her work with the Bali bombing victims, Professor Wood was named a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003 and received the Contribution to Medicine Award from the Australian Medical Association.

    Professor Wood was named West Australian of the Year in 2004, as well as being nominated that same year as Australian Citizen of the Year.  Professor Wood was again named West Australian of the Year in 2005 and received the honour of being named Australian of the Year for 2005.  She is an Australian Living Treasure.

    We are truly honoured to add Professor Wood to our impressive list of Orators – the night will also mark the anniversary of the birth of Lord Howard Florey who The Florey Medical Research Foundation is named after.  Please mark the evening of Wednesday 24th September 2014 in your diaries so that you don’t miss out on what will undoubtedly be an inspiring lecture.

    More information will be available mid-2014 but to secure your seat early, please contact Maryanne Noon.

    Previous Florey Lectures:

    • Controlling Cancer Through Immunotherapy: Lessons from Papillomavirus Associated Cancers - Professor Ian Frazer, AC, FRS, FAA, 2013
    • It’s All About the Bone: Why we Should Care! - Professor Larry Suva, 2012
    • The Secret to your Success - Professor Nick Macklon, 2011
    • Modern Technology is Rewiring our Brains at an Alarming Rate After Remaining Relatively Unchanged for 30,000 years. What Impact Will This Have on Society? - Baroness Susan Greenfield, 2010
    • Climate Change and Health, Present and Future Risks: A Core Issue for Sustainability - Professor A J McMichael, 2009
    • Novel Record Linkages to Improve Child Health - Professor Fiona Stanley, AC, 2008
    • Medical Research and Global Health Reform - Sir Gustav Nossal, 2007
    • My Discovery of Helicobacter - Dr J. Robin Warren, 2006


Florey Medical Research Foundation
Faculty of Health Sciences
 +61 8 8313 3995

Florey Medical Research Foundation

Faculty of Health Sciences

Level 2
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The University of Adelaide


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