Growing new heart muscle to potentially eliminate the need for heart transplant was among the world-leading research discussed when the Governor of NSW touched down at Westmead last week.
Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC enjoyed a tour of the Westmead Research Hub, touching down in the Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) and the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI).
Her Excellency and her husband Mr Dennis Wilson were greeted by the Westmead Research Hub executive to learn about the collaborative approach to research that has been embraced across the Westmead Precinct.
The Governor and Mr Wilson also heard from researchers about some of the work in progress that has the potential to positively impact global health outcomes.
Professor Anna deFazio spoke about a research study that is working to identify how ovarian cancer patients will respond to new personalised medicine clinical trials, based on the genetic profile of the patient and their specific tumour.
Her Excellency and Mr Wilson were also introduced to a social worker who co-ordinates cancer support groups and two patients who are currently participating in clinical trials at The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre at Westmead, to gain insight into their experiences.
Her Excellency met with Associate Professor James Chong and Dr Rob Hume, who explained their research that aims to show that new heart muscle grown from stem cells could help repair damaged heart muscle, preventing heart failure and potentially eliminating the need for heart transplant.
CMRI director Professor Roger Reddel led a tour of the institute’s cancer research facility ProCan as well as the gene therapy research unit.
The Governor and Mr Wilson’s visit finished with the opportunity to speak in depth with the Westmead Research Hub executive about its work and the opportunities ahead.
WIMR executive director Professor Tony Cunningham thanked Her Excellency for choosing to visit the Westmead Precinct.
“I am grateful that Her Excellency and Mr Wilson recognise the vital importance of medical research, and were so supportive of the outstanding research work and people here at Westmead,” Prof Cunningham said.
“We thank Her Excellency and Mr Wilson for visiting us, and we look forward to welcoming them again soon.”