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Investigating the secret life of platelets


SVI researcher Dr Gavin Tjin has been awarded a two-year grant of $200,000 from Cancer Australia to investigate new ways to boost platelet production

Revisiting the sequenator


In 1958, Geoff Begg was employed as a junior laboratory assistant to SVI’s first director, Professor Pehr Edman, a pioneer in the field of protein

100 years of insulin – where to from here?


On this day 100 years ago, 14-year-old type 1 diabetes patient Leonard Thompson lay dying at Toronto General Hospital.

Weighing only 29 kilograms,

New grants support blood cancer and liver disease research


SVI projects tackling inherited liver disease and the blood cancer multiple myeloma have been awarded grants from the St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Liver organoid research in the news


New SVI research to develop liver ‘organoids’ – mini-liver constructs that replicate the structure and function of human liver – has been highlighted

Our research changed Margaret’s life


At SVI, the partnership between our researchers and our donors — between altruism and science — has given life to discoveries that otherwise would

Lipoedema diagnostic test, treatments get closer


New SVI research on lipoedema – a debilitating chronic disease often misdiagnosed as obesity – provides a path to potential drug treatments and

Discovery Fund supports SVI’s first ovarian cancer laboratory


When SVI supporter Christine Tarascio AM envisaged SVI’s Discovery Fund in 2007, her aim was to build an endowment fund of at least $5 million to

A terrible disease


“Ugly” is how Bernadette Dennis characterises ovarian cancer, the insidious disease that claimed the lives of both her mother and sister.

“In 1989,

Microscope arrives to thunderous applause


PhD student Vanessa Tsui has this year welcomed the addition of a new piece of technology to SVI’s research toolkit – the Leica Thunder Imager –

A visionary gift


Ten years ago, Gerald Snowden’s beloved wife Patricia – with whom he raised their 11 children – passed away with breast cancer.

In the decade that

mRNA: The messenger molecule


Originally discovered in 1961, messenger RNA (mRNA) is now world-famous as our get-out-of-jail-free card to escaping a locked-down COVID world.


A word from Tom


SVI was founded more than 60 years ago, thanks to an extraordinarily generous bequest from champion horse-trainer Jack Holt. Since that time, the

Spring 2021

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Mapping the risk in our genes


Dr Christina Azodi’s work to uncover how individual genetic differences lead to different health outcomes is being supported for the next three years

SVI awarded MRFF grant


SVI has been awarded $2,676,000 from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Rapid Applied Research Translation scheme to lead work that aims to

New NHMRC grants announced for SVI


SVI scientists have been awarded $2.5 million in the latest round of grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The

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