These ambitious initiatives seek to change how medicine is practised – bringing the skills of our scientists in discovering new mechanisms of disease together with clinical collaboration to put this new knowledge to work.

If you are interested in finding out more about our Impact projects, contact SVI Foundation: [email protected] or (03) 9231 2480.

Surfing the wave

“Will I still be able to surf big waves?” That was what first went through Anders’ head when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 29.

“I’d lost about 10 kilos in six weeks,” he explains. “I thought there would be a simple explanation and I wasn’t that concerned, but my girlfriend encouraged me to see a doctor.”

The diagnosis led Anders to become one of 90 participants in an SVI-led national clinical trial, for a drug our scientists believe will slow the progression of type 1 diabetes.

Anders believes new treatments will be found – and applauds the expertise and determination of SVI’s scientists.

“You never know when a trial like this is going to lead to a huge breakthrough. I’m proud to be part of it.”