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Parramatta Chamber After Five: Tue 3 April 2018

March 23rd, 2018

Westmead Medical Research Foundation will host the Parramatta Chamber Business After Five event on Tuesday, 3 April 2018. Please join us for this networking opportunity to learn more about what we do and how you can get involved.

Also, a big THANK YOU to our venue supporter, Bertonia LoungeWMRF Heart

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Thank you Lexus of Parramatta

November 14th, 2017 | 1 Comment

Thank you to Lexus Parramatta for once again supporting us with our fundraising initiatives and donating a very generous prize used at our most recent fundraising event, Charity Golf Day by Arab Bank Australia. One lucky winner received a 3 day Lexus drive experience with a $200 restaurant voucher – valued over $1600!

It is this kind of generosity that supports the work we do for medical research and patient care WMRF Heart

Winner of Lexus prize pack!

To see more about the #ABAcharitygolf see the links below and for more photos visit us on Instagram

To find out how to support the work of WMRF, contact 1800 639 037 or email us.

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Teeing off for Medical Research & Patient Care

#ABAcharitygolf November 9, 2017Twincreeks Golf ClubWestern Sydney Health #ArabBankAustralia Lexus Of Parramatta Vittoria Coffee 💙💚

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The Brunch, Diamonds & Pearls


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499 not out!

August 17th, 2017

“499 not out! Celebrating 30 years of kidney and pancreas transplantation at Westmead. Great to meet donors and hear their stories,”  said Joe Conneely, (Head of Development, WMRF)

Read more 

Landmark Westmead Hospital treatment continues to save lives – 30 years on

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A Hope for Type 1 Diabetes Patients

July 12th, 2017

This week is Diabetes Week, 10 – 16 July

Last year we had the privilege of hosting a Community Seminar event on Diabetes and Research, and in particular, Professor Wayne Hawthorne’s research on ground-breaking islet cell transplantation as an innovative treatment for patients diagnosed with severe Type 1 diabetes. Here is a snippet of the presentation from the 2016 Community Seminar.

Can you imagine being a talented pastry chef and not being able to taste your own creations before serving them?

This was the case for Oliver, a severe Type 1 diabetes sufferer, who nearly had to abandon his successful career because of his disease.

Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease, which destroys pancreatic islets – the cells that produce insulin. Patients require multiple daily insulin injections and constant monitoring of blood glucose. If not controlled, Type 1 diabetes can have massive health impacts and can be fatal. It can also affect quality of life and other chronic health complications.

For more than 20 years, Professor Wayne Hawthorne and his team at Westmead have been studying ground-breaking islet cell transplantation as an innovative treatment for patients diagnosed with severe Type 1 diabetes.

As researchers from The Westmead Institute and Westmead Hospital, they pioneered the first clinical trial of an innovative procedure where donor pancreatic islet cells were transplanted into the recipient’s liver.

Thanks to the Westmead team, people such as Oliver can return to their careers and significantly improved quality of life after islet cell transplantation.

Professor Hawthorne continues to lead a specialised research team, committed to providing patients with the best possible treatments for Type 1 diabetes.  They are now working to develop new technologies to cure many more patients suffering from the disease.

The team has already completed more than 50 clinical islet cell transplants at Westmead Hospital.  A milestone in their research combined with recent advances in medical technologies, is enabling more patients to benefit from this ground-breaking procedure.

Transplants require enormous co-ordination – between getting the call that a donor pancreas is available, the extraction of the islet cells and preparing the recipient for the procedure – Professor Hawthorne and the Westmead team dedicate incredible energy and time to the entire process.

The next steps in Professor Hawthorne’s research involve refining the process to help more people with Type 1 diabetes, by expanding the use of the currently available donor organs and streamlining the islet isolation process. These projects are the focus of several of their current research projects.

Professor Hawthorne stated,

“We have come so far in treatment options for Type 1 diabetes, but we won’t stop until we find a cure for all patients with Type 1 diabetes”

Photo courtesy of the Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR)

To donate and help support research just like Professor Wayne Hawthorne, go to our DONATE  page, email us or call us at 1800 639 037 

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Related article – The Pulse – Diabetes in Western Sydney: “It’s a bigger problem than anybody has anticipated”

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