The Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Medical Research Trust – funding collaborative research

In 2017, Pamela Galli AO made a significant gift to the Faculty to establish the Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Medical Research Trust.

The Trust was created to support collaborative research programs across the precinct in the areas of cancer and developmental medicine and enables a unique partnership between the University of Melbourne, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and Royal Children's Hospital.

The first annual research colloquium, held on Tuesday 22 October, celebrated the three research teams who have begun benefiting from the Trust in 2019.

Professor Shitij Kapur, Dean of the Faculty, welcoming colloquium guests

The research teams the Trust is supporting consist of researchers who are pursuing projects – spanning the areas of child health, cancer treatments and genetic causes of brain development disorders – that would not usually receive funding through traditional mechanisms.

Pamela with the Dean, Galli Chairs and research teams who are benefiting from the Trust

Three Galli Chairs, which were established with previous gifts to the University, provide leadership to the research teams. These are:

  • Professor David Amor (Royal Children's Hospital), Lorenzo and Pamela Chair in Developmental Medicine
  • Professor Doug Hilton AO (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research), Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Chair in Medical Biology; and
  • Professor Grant McArthur (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre), Lorenzo Galli Chair in Melanoma and Skin Cancers

Pamela with the three Galli Chairs: (L to R) Professor Amor, Professor McArthur and Professor Hilton AO

The colloquium began with a panel discussion consisting of the Galli Chairs and the Dean, and moderated by Professor Emeritus Glenn Bowes AO, followed by presentations from several of the Fellows.

The panel covered how the Trust is creating career opportunities for young researchers across the partner organisations, establishing collaborations that will endure, and enabling the type of research that is needed to answer the big questions in medical research.

The purpose of the inaugural colloquium was for all the collaborating parties to meet, including the newly appointed researcher teams, and to provide an overview of research projects and demonstrate early progress.

The panel discussion

The Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Medical Research Trust is encouraging a spirit of collaboration across the Faculty and its partner institutions, while assisting the Faculty in pursuing its research goals and demonstrating the benefits of philanthropy.

You can catch up on the colloquium using the link to the @UniMelbMDHS Twitter moment below.