Case Studies

Featured Case Studies

  • Measuring the performance of protected areas

    The School of Biological Sciences at Monash University is a world leader in ecological research. The school’s strategic plan is focused on delivering the vision of understanding biological responses to changing environments: the Ecology of Change. 

    Organisation: 
    Monash University, Faculty of Science
    Project: 
    A multidimensional approach to measuring the performance of protected areas
    Dates: 
    April - December 2016
    Grant: 
    $45,000

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    ‘This study, the first of its kind, provides a crucial insight into the changes occurring in the Australian protected area network over the last 17 years. The findings of this research provides important direction for conservation efforts both within Australia and overseas, offering a new, multidimensional approach for measuring the performance of protected areas.’

    Nicole Bortone
    Science Program Manager

  • Identifying bioaccumulation mechanisms of mercury

    The study undertaken at the University of Canberra is a pilot project to investigate mercury cycling in coastal ecosystems of Australia. 

    Organisation: 
    University of Canberra
    Project: 
    Identifying the sources and bioaccumulation mechanisms of mercury in aquatic coastal food webs of Australia
    Dates: 
    January - December 2016
    Grant: 
    $20,000

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    ‘This grant supported Dr Furman and four undergraduate students to examine the Mercury levels of the fish in Port Phillip Bay testing more than 1000 biological samples. Mercury is a globally important environmental pollutant. This high quality research led to some interesting results in terms of the detox properties of Selenium in filtering Mercury in dolphins. We look forward to learning more as the project team explore this finding further.’

    Nicole Bortone
    Science Program Manager

  • Advancing genomic healthcare in Australia

    There is no doubt that the 2012 establishment of the Ian Potter Centre for Genomics and Personalised Medicine advanced genomic healthcare in Victoria - and ultimately for Australia. 

    Organisation: 
    Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
    Project: 
    The Ian Potter Centre for Genomics and Personalised Medicine
    Dates: 
    January 2012 - January 2016
    Grant: 
    $3,000,000
    www.wehi.edu.au/research/research-fields/personalised-medicine

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    ‘The Ian Potter Centre for Genomics and Personalised Medicine has coalesced many partners around Victoria and indeed Australia and has paved the way for what is now considered the future of treatment: a personalised approach to identifying therapies that are more targeted and effective. Philanthropy at its best – when a risky but good idea becomes a new standard for medical treatment.’

    Dr Alberto Furlan
    Senior Program Manager

  • Vectra aids analysis of immune system interaction with cancer

    Immunotherapy has been heralded as the latest breakthrough in cancer treatment. This approach of priming the body's own immune cells to destroy tumour cells has shown success in many different cancers. The Vectra platform facilitates the analysis of each patient's cancer and its interaction with cells of the immune system.

    Organisation: 
    Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute
    Project: 
    Establishment of multi-colour quantitative tissue imaging equipment
    Dates: 
    November 2015 - November 2016
    Grant: 
    $450,000

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    ‘The use of the Vectra by ONJCRI and collaborating institutes provides us with a better understanding of cancer and how therapies work - in the big picture we want to improve patient outcomes by ensuring they are on the right trial at the right time.’

    Dr Andreas Behren
    Group Leader, Cancer Immunobiology Laboratory, ONJ

  • SSO Fellowship Program addresses unmet needs

    The SSO Fellowship program provides the opportunity for young symphonic orchestral musicians to experience the unique and challenging life of a professional symphonic orchestral musician firsthand. 

    Organisation: 
    Sydney Symphony Orchestra
    Project: 
    SSO Fellowship Academy
    Dates: 
    May 2014 - December 2016
    Grant: 
    $200,000
    www.sydneysymphony.com/backstage-news/article/my-year-as-an-sso-fellow

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    ‘For 16 years, the SSO Fellowship has equipped young musicians with the tools they need to sustain long and fruitful careers as professional musicians. Participating in the program will not only ensure that these young musicians are job-ready and capable of winning positions in prestigious orchestras all over the world, but even more importantly lead them to become inspiring, imaginative and innovative artists who are able to transform lives through music. ’

    Roger Benedict
    Artistic Director

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