How your donations help
We are indebted to everyone who supports our research and donates to our cause – our Friends. This is your Institute and together we will win the fight against heart disease. Here are some of the ways our generous donors have supported us in the past;
Fluorescent Activated Cell Sorter
Did you know that there are more cells in the human body than there are stars in the Milky Way? No wonder finding new answers to complicated problems like heart disease is so difficult. One key donation made the search somewhat simpler. The donated funds enabled us to buy a Fluroescent Activated Cell Sorter, which allows our researchers to separate heart cells expressing genes that might be causing heart disease from those that aren’t.
Tissue Culture Core Facility
For well over 14 years the Freshest Group, fruit & vegetable proprietors from
Sydney Markets, have raised funds for the Institute. Thanks to their support, we were able to set up a Tissue Culture Core Facility.
Almost every aspect of our research requires the availability of a tissue culture core facility – including heart muscle cells to serve as a model of the heart; and other cells which produce the proteins involved in heart function.
Reversing the ‘brain drain’
While the merits of overseas training are widely appreciated, all too many of our best and brightest fail to return to Australia. Through the generosity of two supporters, we were able to play a small but significant part in reversing this ‘brain drain’, successfully tempting two young but already internationally-regarded researchers back to Australia to work at our Institute.
A new echocardiograph
We were delighted to hear from a supporter who wanted to buy a piece of equipment in memory of her late husband. The generous donation allowed us to purchase an echocardiograph – a machine which can non-invasively gather critical information about heart structure and function in living people. It’s absolutely vital for understanding normal functioning and disorders of the heart, including the muscle contractions and heart valve performance.
A generous legacy made it possible for us to buy a vital Confocal Microscope, which allows our researchers to study cells and the tiny particles within them in layers through the cell. A bit like a microscope crossed with an MRI or CT scanner, it lets researchers make numerous virtual fine slices of cells, then examine each slice individually.
Other supporters have been kind enough to donate many varied pieces of equipment, including a mouse echo ultra sound; ice makers; computers; dissecting microscopes; and more.
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