Adelaide says "Thank You" for medical research

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Wednesday, 14 November 2007

A community event to be hosted for the first time at the University of Adelaide tomorrow will bring together medical researchers and members of the public, giving Adelaide a chance to say "Thank You" for life-saving and life-altering medical science.

Thank You Day (Thursday 15 November) will see some of the University's best medical scientists share their knowledge with the community about groundbreaking research, and will hear how medical science is making a major impact on people's lives.

Members of the community - including school children - will add their messages of support to a giant Thank You card that is travelling around the nation as part of the many Thank You Day events organised by Research Australia.

Among the speakers at Thank You Day in Bonython Hall, University of Adelaide, will be:

  • Professor James Paton (Professor of Microbiology)
    on research into bacterial infectious diseases, which kill millions of people every year;
  • Professor Gary Wittert (Head, School of Medicine)
    on research into obesity, which he describes as "the climate change of human health";
  • Ms Cadence Minge (PhD student, Discipline of Obstetrics & Gynaecology)
    an up-and-coming research talent, on the link between obesity and infertility;
  • Ms Gia Pyrlis (member of the community and breast cancer survivor)
    on how medical science has helped to save her life.

The MC of the event will be Xavier Minniecon from Channel 9.

"As the State's most research-intensive university, and one of the most research-intensive of any university in Australia, the University of Adelaide is a fitting location for this Thank You Day event," says the University's Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Operations), Professor Richard Russell AM.

"This year alone the University of Adelaide has won more than $30 million in new funding for medical research, which is aimed at tackling some of the biggest issues in health facing Australians and people right around the globe."

WHAT: Thank You Day
WHERE: Bonython Hall, North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide
WHEN: 10.30am to midday, Thursday 15 November
COST: Free and open to all
RSVP: Members of the public should call (08) 8303 5137 or email:


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Mr David Ellis
Deputy Director, Media and Corporate Relations
External Relations
The University of Adelaide
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