Neu­ro­log­i­cal re­search cen­tre of­fi­cially opened

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - Gio­vanni Torre

QEII Med­i­cal Cen­tre now has a sec­ond ma­jor re­search fa­cil­ity, host­ing four of the state’s premier neu­ro­log­i­cal re­search or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The Ralph and Pa­tri­cia Sarich Neu­ro­science Re­search In­sti­tute (SNRI) was of­fi­cially opened by Gov­er­nor Kerry San­der­son on Wed­nes­day.

The $37.7 mil­lion re­search fa­cil­ity will host Curtin Univer­sity’s Neu­ro­science Re­search Lab­o­ra­tory, the Ear Sci­ence In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia, Per­ron In­sti­tute for Trans­la­tional and Neu­ro­science Re­search and Aus­tralian Alzheimer’s Re­search Foun­da­tion.

North Metropoli­tan Health Ser­vice act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Philip Ayl­ward said “the SNRI would not ex­ist if not for the gen­eros­ity of the Sarich fam­ily, who do­nated $20 mil­lion to­wards the project”.

The State Gov­ern­ment con­trib­uted $5 mil­lion, while $7.2 mil­lion was re­ceived in Lot­tery­west grants, $3.5 mil­lion from Curtin Univer­sity and $1 mil­lion each from the Wheat­ley fam­ily and UWA.

“It should not go un­men­tioned that North Metropoli­tan Health Ser­vice board chair and for­mer Depart­ment of Health act­ing di­rec­tor­gen­eral Pro­fes­sor Bryant Stokes has steered the project from con­cept to re­al­ity since 2008,” Mr Ayl­ward said.

“Pro­fes­sor Stokes has been a tire­less ad­vo­cate for a fa­cil­ity of this cal­i­bre. He was be­hind the ini­tial pro­posal and has seen the project through to its com­ple­tion with the gen­er­ous sup­port of the donors.”

The fa­cil­ity in­cludes as­sess­ment and treat­ment rooms, tis­sue cul­ture lab­o­ra­to­ries and fa­cil­i­ties for neu­rodis­cov­ery move­ment anal­y­sis, phys­i­ol­ogy re­search, ex­per­i­ments and cryo­genic archival stor­age.

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