2019 SAMRF Mother’s Day Luncheon

Posted: 09th April 2019

We're pleased to announce that St Vincent's Institute's Professor Helen Thomas, Head of the Immunology and Diabetes Unit, is the special guest speaker for the 7th Annual Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation (SAMRF) Mother’s Day Luncheon. 
The luncheon provides guests with many opportunities to raise funds for female researchers at SVI; you can secure a ticket or table and invite friends, colleagues and family, or you can make a direct donation to SVI’s Susan Alberti Women in Research Award or bid on a range of auction prizes and packages.
St Vincent’s Institute Foundation Patron, Susan Alberti AC, looks forward to welcoming you to Leonda, Hawthorn, from 12 noon to 3pm on Thursday 9th May. This year's MC is Craig Willis, and The Aussie Boys will be on hand to provide the entertainment.

"With support from the Susan Alberti Women in Research Award, my research continued at full pace while I was on maternity leave. The Award helped fund a research assistant and a student and made my transition back to work much easier."  Dr Michaela Waibel, recipient of the 2018 Susan Alberti Women in Research Award.

Event details
Location: The Ballroom, Leonda by the Yarra
2 Wallen Road, Hawthorn
Date: Thursday 9th May 2019
Time: 12 noon - 3:00 pm
Tickets: $150pp
For tickets telephone (03) 9560 1595 or visit the SAMRF website.

About Helen Thomas
Professor Helen Thomas is a Senior Research Fellow at St Vincent’s Institute in Melbourne where she is head of the Immunology and Diabetes Unit. Her research is focused on prevention of diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, her research aims to protect the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas from being destroyed by immune cells. In type 2 diabetes, she is interested in understanding the stress that diabetes places on beta cells and whether these stress pathways can be prevented in vivo. Her work is being applied to humans through the transplantation of islets isolated from organ donors by the Tom Mandel Islet Transplant Program in Victoria to reverse type 1 diabetes in severe cases.

Image: Professor Helen Thomas