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Stem Cells – The hype and the hope

This year’s Victor Chang International Symposium will explore the exciting, rapidly moving and controversial field of stem cell research.

WHAT:    Public Lecture

WHEN:   Tuesday 8 December 2016

TIME:      TBC

WHERE:  Garvan Auditorium, 384 Victoria St, Darlinghurst (Burton st entrance)

COST:  Free!

ENQUIRIES: or (02) 92958763






A Change of Heart, A Breath of Fresh Air


Hundreds headed to the Victor Chang Institute to hear some of the world’s best doctors share their insights into heart and lung transplantation. Hosted by Channel Ten’s Jessica Rowe, the free Public Lecture featured short talks on hot topics about these remarkable procedures.

Jessica Rowe has a very personal connection to the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. Her late grandfather, Dr Harry Windsor, performed Australia’s first heart transplant operation back in 1968 at St Vincent’s Hospital. In 1972, Dr Victor Chang joined the cardiothoracic team at St Vincent’s and Dr Harry Windsor became an important mentor to Victor as they pioneered the modern era of heart transplantation.

Associate Professor Kumud Dhital chaired the event, alongside guest speakers from Donate Life, The Organ and Tissue Authority and surgeons from St Vincent’s Hospital.

Jessica Rowe with patient Michael Fattal and Philippa Delahoy

Jessica Rowe with patient Michael Fattal and Philippa Delahoy

The audience also heard from two incredible Australians whose lives have been changed forever by organ donation. We are enormously grateful to guest speaker Philippa Delahoy for bravely sharing her story with us. Philippa tragically lost her husband Scott when he was just 44 years old. The couple had discussed organ donation before Scott became sick, which helped Philippa to honour his wishes. The day Philippa donated Scott’s organs was the proudest day of her life. “It was the day Scott became a hero and saved lives,” Philippa revealed.

Philippa Delahoy shares her story

Philippa Delahoy shares her story

Double lung transplant recipient Michael Fattal was also kind enough to describe what it was like to be on the waiting list. The 27 year old had battled cystic fibrosis since birth. He became so sick that he was unable to walk a short distance without running out of breath. There’s no doubt his double lung transplant saved his life. The gratitude he feels towards his donor and the donor family is written in the joy all over his face.

Special thanks to all of our guest speakers for a highly interesting and informative afternoon.


Did you know?

* One organ and tissue donor can change the lives of ten or more people
* There are as many as 100 people involved in an organ donation. From hospital staff to the highway patrol, the Ministry of Health and forensic pathologists.
* The longest retrieval time of a donor heart was more than 11 hours! The vital organ traveled all the way from Darwin to Perth.
* Scientists at the Victor Chang Institute are trying to increase the amount of time a DCD organ can be outside of the body.


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A focus on heart and lung transplantation

Short talks on hot topics hosted by Channel Ten’s Jessica Rowe

The public is invited to attend a meeting of Australia’s greatest heart and lung transplant specialists. Transplantation in Australia has come a long way since Dr Victor Chang saved the life of school girl Fiona Coote. Come and hear the secrets behind this remarkable procedure. Listen as patients share their personal journeys about their change of heart and lungs.Kumud Dhital

WHEN:   Thursday 29 October 2015

TIME:      3pm-5pm  (Victor Chang Health Check Booth available from 2pm)

WHERE:  Garvan Auditorium, 384 Victoria St, Darlinghurst (Burton st entrance)

COST:  Free!

ENQUIRIES: or (02) 92958763


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