The power of connection

The power of connection

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From the CEO's Desk — The power of connection. Our lives and livelihoods depend on it.

Smiling family showing the power of connection.

Over the past year, the impact of medical research has been phenomenal as the attention of the world continues to focus on new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat COVID-19. Undoubtedly, the most remarkable success has been the development of COVID-19 vaccines which may well be our only way out of this pandemic.

At Wesley Medical Research we are just as committed to supporting global attempts to combat COVID-19 as we were when we first made that pledge in 2020. I am delighted to feature some of the efforts made so far in this report.

Of enormous significance in forging forward is the extraordinary power of connection experienced at every level – personal, local, national, and global.

On a global scale, the international collaborations formed by Professors John Fraser’s and Bala Venkatesh’s teams will not only provide a powerful platform that equips intensive care clinicians with the most up-to-date information that saves lives and improves outcomes for COVID-19 patients but will also facilitate research over years to come across a range of other diseases.

Nationally, we’ve seen how the collaborations formed through our Wesley Medical Research Biobank has provided biospecimens as an invaluable resource for translational research.

At a state-wide level, our focus has been on improving the mental health of those living in remote regions where access to mental health services continues to be a real and immediate problem.

Locally, we are proud to have strengthened our partnership with our UnitingCare family as we continue to invest in world-leading medical and health services research.

On a personal level is our innate desire to connect. As a team, we strive to support our community, create lasting bonds, and help one another through this challenging time. And at the heart of all this, our warmest appreciation goes to our donors, without whom none of this would be possible.

Connection at every level sustains us and acts as a source of inspiration to continue changing lives and giving hope to those most vulnerable.

Please do reach out and please do connect. Our lives and livelihoods depend on it.

Read more stories and updates in IMPACT magazine’s Spring 2021 Issue #67.

Dr Claudia Giurgiuman, Chief Executive Officer

BSc(HonsIA), PhD, GCertPjMan, MAICD, MQA

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