Research facing huge cuts in Australia – Perth protest Thursday April 14

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Perth Rally for Research

Media Alert ​​​​​​​​12 April 2011

Western Australians are joining a national campaign against Australian Government plans to cut medical research funding, with a Perth–based ‘Rally for Research’ in Forrest Place, at lunchtime on Thursday.

When:​Thursday 14 April, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Where:​Forrest Place,

​​Murray St Mall, Perth

Speakers will include Nobel Laureate Barry Marshall, Former Australians of the Year Professor Fiona Wood and Professor Fiona Stanley (who is also Founding Director of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research) and Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) Director, Peter Klinken.

Rick Parish, whose four year old son Elliot died from a brain tumour in February, will talk about the need for continuing medical research in Australia.

Other speakers will include people who have survived serious diseases due to medical research.

Scientists will be dressed in lab coats and patients will wear white, as a sign of support.

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants supported more than 8,000 jobs in Australia in 2010.

Significant budget cuts will force our best scientists overseas and deprive West Australian families of hope.

For details on speakers or more information about the rally, please contact:

Carolyn Monaghan

(WA Institute for MedicalResearch) on cmonaghan

or Elizabeth Chester

(Telethon Institute for Child Health Research) on elizabeth

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