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The ANZAC Research Institute Commemorates its 20th ANZAC Day with a Rich History

April 28, 2021

This year marks the 20th ANZAC Day commemorated by the ANZAC Research Institute since its opening in April 2002. At reaching the 106th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli, we at the ANZAC Research Institute are more conscious than most in the community of the debt all Australians owe our veterans.

Our Institute carries the name of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in tribute to our military history and as living legacy for the health of future generations, recognising the lnstitute’s location on the historic Concord Hospital campus, its links with the University of Sydney, and its foundation as part of the “Australian Remembers” commemoration program of 1995. Concord Hospital was commissioned in 1939 as a general hospital for the Army and when completed three years later, it was the largest hospital in the southern hemisphere, with 2000 beds. During WWII it was known as the 113 Australian General Hospital, then post-war as the Repatriation General Hospital, Concord.

 

(An early photograph of Concord Repatriation General Hospital)

In 1963 it became a teaching hospital for the University, and in 1993 was transferred from Commonwealth administration to the NSW Department of Health, taking on its current title of Concord Repatriation General Hospital. The ANZAC Health and Medical Research Foundation was established in 1995 when Australia commemorated 50 years since the end of WWII. Through its dedication to the future welfare of the veteran and war widow community and their children, the ANZAC’s research aims to improve the health and medical care of all Australians.

Two decades after the ANZAC Research Institute opened, it strives to continue a vital legacy of public service and the high ideals that the ANZAC name enshrines.

(Governor General Peter Hollingworth AC OBE, opening the ANZAC Research Institute on 9th April 2002)

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ANZAC Day 2021 – Lest We Forget

April 25, 2021

The word ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers who fought together became known as Anzacs, exemplifying a tradition of service, selflessness and mateship. April 25th was officially designated ANZAC Day in 1916 by Australia and New Zealand. It is a national holiday in both countries and a day of remembrance. Commemorative services are held each year at dawn, the time of the original Gallipoli landing.

With the start of the Second World War and other conflicts including those of Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq; ANZAC Day has been expanded to include remembrance of all servicemen and women who have given so much to Australia. A statue stands outside the ANZAC Research Institute based on George Silk’s famous photograph of a Panuan man leading a wounded Australian solider. The photograph was taken on Christmas Day, 1942, and has come to represent the sacrifice of Australian military personnel during the Second World War, and the mateship of the ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels’. The angels were Papuan volunteers who assisted in guiding soldiers to safety along the trail. The wounded private depicted in the statue is George Whittington, and the Papuan man assisting him is Raphael Oimbari. This statue stands as a monument of the great legacy of ANZAC service and sacrifice.

(Statue outside the ANZAC Research Institute, based on a George Silk photograph)

 

“Lest we forget” is a phrase commonly used as symbol of commemoration in Australia on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day. It is a line from the 1897 Rudyard Kipling poem “Recessional”:

‘God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle line,
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!’

At ANZAC Day ceremonies, after the speaker recites the Ode of Remembrance:

They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them.

Then those attending will usually repeat the words, ‘We will remember them’ followed by a short pause and then ‘Lest we forget’. These traditions carry rich symbolism and allow us to turn our minds to the sacrifices offered for the country and freedoms we enjoy. This ANZAC day, the ANZAC Research Institute also joins in this tradition:

We will remember them

Lest we forget

The health and medical ANZAC Research Institute was named after and in remembrance of the ANZAC tradition. It’s mission is to provide leadership and excellence in health and medical research activities throughout Australia, with a focus on aging, to improve the future health and medical care for the Australasian community. In so doing, the Institute will provide a lasting legacy to the veterans and their families who have created the society we have today.

Learn more about ANZAC Day.

Donate to the ANZAC Research Institute.

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Take a Virtual Kokoda Track Memorial Walk to the ANZAC Research Institute

April 23, 2021

The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway is an 800 metre track along the Brays Bay foreshore that acts as a living memorial and site of commemoration for all those who fought for Australia during World War II.

The walkway has been planted with tropical vegetation that resembles the conditions of the original Kokoda Track, and leads to a granite wall memorial bearing images of the Kokoda campaign, then a memorial rose garden; and finally onto the Concord Repatriation General Hospital site, where the ANZAC Research Institute is located.

Join us for a virtual tour along this walkway leading to the ANZAC Research Institute:


The Kokoda Track was the setting for one of the most important battles for Australians in the Second World War. It was fought between July and November 1942, when the Australian Army halted the southward advance by Japanese forces in Papua New Guinea, and were then able to push them back across the mountains. The tropical plants and vegetation used on the Walkway were designed to resemble the Kokoda Track. On the Walkway there are 22 stations where audio, photographs and plaques explain the varying military engagements that took place along the Kokoda Track.


The Kokoda Memorial Walkway Centre Piece is a series of granite walls where images of the Australian New Guinea Campaign have been sandblasted. A cascading waterfall and overlooking bridge accompanies the images. Approximately 625 Australians were killed along the Kokoda Trail, with over 1,600 were wounded. It is estimated that casualties resulting from sickness number over 4,000.


The Memorial Rose Garden consists of a circular brick wall with plaques and a black monument. There are 365 plaques dedicated to service personnel and 52 plaques dedicated to the units that served during the Second World War.


The ANZAC Research Institute is then a short walk along Hospital Road, where there is a statue based on George Silk’s famous photograph of a Panuan man leading a wounded Australian solider. The bronze statue is an original work by Dr. Maryann Nicholls, a former chief haematologist at Concord Hospital. The photograph was taken on Christmas Day, 1942, and has come to represent the sacrifice of Australian military personnel during the Second World War, and the mateship of the ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels’. The angels were Papuan volunteers who assisted in guiding soldiers to safety along the trail.

The wounded private in the photograph was George Whittington, who later died of bush typhus in February 1943. It took many years for the the Papuan man to be identified as Raphael Oimbari. He was later made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

(George Silk’s famous photograph of Private George Whittington and Raphael Oimbari. Taken Christmas Day, 1942, Papua New Guinea)

The word ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers who fought together became known as Anzacs, exemplifying a tradition of service, selflessness and mateship. April 25th was officially designated ANZAC Day in 1916 by Australia and New Zealand. With the start of the Second World War and other conflicts including those of Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq; ANZAC Day has been expanded to include remembrance of all servicemen and women who have given so much to Australia.

The health and medical ANZAC Research Institute was named after and in remembrance of this tradition. It’s mission is to provide leadership and excellence in health and medical research activities throughout Australia, with a focus on aging, to improve the future health and medical care for the Australasian community. In so doing, the Institute will provide a lasting legacy to the veterans and their families who have created the society we have today.

Learn more about the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway.

Donate to the ANZAC Research Institute.

If you would like to do this virtual walk in person, this is the route:


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Dr Nicholas Hunt awarded 2021 ADS Skip Martin Early Career Fellowship Award

April 19, 2021

The ANZAC Research Institute would like to congratulate Dr Nicholas Hunt on winning the “2021 Australian Diabetes Society Skip Martin Early Career Fellowship Award” for his research project on “Nanotechnology for the oral delivery of regular insulin”

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Remembrance Day

November 11, 2020

Each year, at 11am on the 11th of November, Australians observe one minute’s silence in memory of those who have died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

Known as Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day, the day is commemorated across the country in different ways.

In the Covid era, many will participate in virtual services and memorials or find their own ways to remember and honour of the service rendered by so many.

Here is a list of services that you can participate in virtually, provided by the NSW RSL:

Watch ANZAC Day 2020 Services

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2020 Griffith Hack Concord Research Awards supported by Griffith Hack, the CRGH Research Committee and the ANZAC Research Institute.

November 11, 2020

The 2020 Griffith Hack Concord Innovation Research Awards are presented to researchers or research groups that have developed research that has the potential for commercialisation. Griffith Hack will then work with them over the next 12 months to evaluate and/or capture their IP or develop a monetisation roadmap that would assist them going forward. Over October and November 2020, presentations were held and the following awards were presented:

  • The 2020 Griffith Hack Concord Innovation Innovation Research Awards
  • The 2020 Griffith Hack Concord Early Career Researcher Prize
  • The 2020 Griffith Hack Concord Student Researcher Prize

 

Winners of the 2020 Griffith Hack Concord Innovation Research Awards were:

  • Dr Carl Jenkinson:  Development of a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method to measure multiple active and inactive vitamin D metabolites in circulation; and
  • Dr Christine Lee:  Hitting the true HIT – Plasma from patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) heightens the procoagulant response in healthy donor platelets

 

Finalists for the 2020 Griffith Hack Early Career Researcher Prize, with presentations held on Monday 26 October were:

  • Dr Christine Lee:  Hitting the true HIT – Plasma from patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) heightens the procoagulant response in healthy donor platelets
  • Dr Gonzalo Perez Siles: Therapeutic potential of targeting copper related pathways to treat axonal degeneration using in vitro (iPSC-derived motor neurons) and in vivo preclinical models
  • Dr Alvaro Gonzalez-Rajal:  Cell Cycle Status Impacts Recovery of Lung Adenocarcinoma Cells to Platinum Chemotherapy.
  • Dr Ramesh Narayanan: Hacking 500 million years of evolution to understand biological pathways that lead to neurodegeneration in Homo sapiens

Winner– Dr Christine Lee; Runner ups– Dr Gonzalo Perez-Siles and Dr Alvaro Gonzalez-Rajal

 

L-R:   Presenters: Dr Alvaro Gonzalez-Rajal; Dr Ramesh Narayanan; Dr Christine Lee; Prof David Handelsman (Director); Dr Carl Jenkinson; Dr Gonzalo Perez-Siles.

 

Finalists for the 2020 Griffith Hack Early Student Researcher Prize (open to all students both post and undergraduate), held on Monday 2nd November were :

Judge: Prof Cheryl Jones-  Head and Dean of the University of Sydney Medical Medical School

  • Ms Eugenie Macfarlane: Targeted Deletion of the Glucocorticoid Receptor in Chondrocytes Attenuates Cartilage Degradation in Murine Osteoarthritis
  • Ms Julianne Chong: Successful development and implementation of VTE stewardship across a hospital network
  • Dr Kim Tam Bui: Prevalence and severity of scanxiety in people with advanced cancers: Final results of a multicentre survey
  • Dr Aviv Pudipeddi:  High prevalence of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in the elderly: a population-based study in Sydney, Australia

Winner– Ms Eugenie Macfarlane;  Runner up–  Dr Kim Tam Bui

 

L-R: Ms Julianne Chong;  Dr Kim Tam Bui; Prof Cheryl Jones (Judge); Prof David Handelsman (Director); Ms Eugenie Macfarlane and Dr Aviv Pudipeddi

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Anzac Day 2020

ANZAC Day – A Day of Remembrance

April 25, 2020

Commemorating ANZAC Day

The word ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers who fought together became known as Anzacs, exemplifying a tradition of service, selflessness and mateship. April 25th was officially designated ANZAC Day in 1916 by Australia and New Zealand. It is a national holiday in both countries and a day of remembrance. Commemorative services are held each year at dawn, the time of the original Gallipoli landing.

With the start of the Second World War and other conflicts including those of Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq; ANZAC Day has been expanded to include remembrance of all servicemen and women who have given so much to Australia.

The health and medical ANZAC Research Institute was named after and in remembrance of this tradition. This ANZAC Day we commemorate and learn from the sacrifice of so many Anzacs who gave so much.

The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway stands next to the ANZAC Research Institute as a reminder

The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway is a living memorial and a principal site of commemoration honouring all those who fought for Australia during World War II. It is a 800 walkway that spans 800 metres from Rhodes train station to the Concord Hospital campus, where the ANZAC Research Institute is located. The walkway runs aside the mangrove-studded shores of Brays Bay.
A principal focus of this walkway is on the sacrifices made during key Papua New Guinea campaign which took place in 1942-43 along the Kokoda Track. At the centrepiece of the walkway are magnificent granite walls bearing photographic images of the Kokoda campaign. The Walkway has been planted with tropical vegetation simulating the conditions of The Kokoda Track.
While representatives of the ANZAC Research Institute usually participate in ANZAC services at this location every year, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic this hasn’t been possible this year. Although today we may not be able to participate in remembrance services in person, we can do it as individuals and in spirit. Lest we forget.
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ANZAC’s Dendritic Cell Research laboratory instrumental in commercialism of a potential therapeutic

November 1, 2019

Kira Biotech’s research program is based on decades of research led by the late Professor Derek Hart and Associate Professor Georgina Clark while working at the Mater Medical Research Institute, the ANZAC Research Institute and The University of Sydney. Many Australian collaborators over the past decade have also contributed to the research, in particular, those researchers involved in the CRC for Translational Biomarkers, Sydney Local Health District, the University of Queensland and the University of California, San Francisco. Associate Professor Clark said the launch of Kira Biotech marks an important moment in her career and highlights the enormous effort by many dedicated scientists to translate research from the bench to bedside. “I am thrilled our research has attracted the capital and management team necessary to move it towards the clinic and closer to helping patients. KB312 is an example of an Australian technology that has potential for global health impact with its differentiated treatment approach,” said Associate Professor Clark.

Kira Biotech Series A funding press release

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ANZAC Research Institute Discovery Newsletter August 2019

New Discovery Newsletter Available – August 2019

September 4, 2019

ANZAC Research Institute Discovery Newsletter August 2019See our latest ANZAC Research Institute Discovery Newsletter – August 2019.

Some of the main news items:

  • Discover why some Australians are more likely to have cardiovascular disease
  • Sydney hosts International Asian Oceanic CMT Conference
  • Young Investigator Award for Andrology Research into Male Fertility
  • A Rewarding Partnership – NSW Ministery of Health Grant
  • Sacrifice Was Not In Vane – An edited version of an address given by ANZAC Research Institute chairman, Prof. Bob Lusby.

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ANZAC Research Institute Discovery Newsletter March 2019

New Discovery Newsletter available

March 22, 2019

ANZAC Research Institute Discovery Newsletter March 2019Learn how research at the ANZAC is putting the breaks on breast cancer, how a generous bequest has provided new equipment in the fight against disease and how blood research could mean better outcomes for Cardiovascular patients. All in the latest ANZAC Research Institute Discovery Newsletter:

https://anzac.edu.au/our-newsletter/

https://anzac.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/AnzacDiscoveryMar2019_online.pdf

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