Since 2008, Neil & Donna Slater have been invaluable supporters of Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) helping raise in excess of $1,000,000 for vital Medical Research to achieve the aim of Healthy, Happy Kids.
HMRI is a world class medical research institute located in the Hunter Region of NSW. HMRI researchers work tirelessly to find cures and make life-changing discoveries that will improve the health outcomes for the community.
Funds raised at the Annual Gastronomic Lunch of the Year are awarded to HMRI researchers at the HMRI Awards Night to the most significant and promising research. To date, the following projects have been supported by the Gastronomic Lunch of the Year, without the support of Neil & Donna and those supporters and attendees at the lunches this research would not have been possible.
In 2018 Go Kindy has excitingly thrown their generous support behind the range of Happy Healthy Kids research projects HMRI researchers are working on.
Autism spectrum disorders are a leading cause for childhood disability and affect the child for life. While the first clinical signs are often present in toddlers, clinical diagnosis becomes more reliable after children turn three. The causes are currently unknown although evidence for a genetic underpinning is mounting.
"Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects learning, social participation and daily function across the lifespan. Approximately 35,000 school-aged Australian children live with ASD; 95% of these experience educational restrictions. ASD has no known cure, and its causes are poorly understood due to the variability in how the disorder emerges and presents. Further, available treatments are only moderately successful and are not effective for all children with ASD. Knowledge about what (intervention) is likely to work for whom is missing from the field.
Associate Professor Chris Dayas, Associate Professor Brett Graham
The Resilient Brain Initiative through HMRI and the University of Newcastle aims to identify new treatments to slow, stop or reverse declines in brain function caused by stress.
Associate Professor Frederick Rohan Walker
Dr Sally McFadden, Professor Dan Schwartz, Associate Professor Paul Baird, Professor Julia Kornfield
Myopic (short-sighted) eyes are too long for their optical power because of excessive growth.
Brain tumours are the second most frequent cancer diagnosed in children yet very little is known about the risk factors associated with their occurrence or what events are necessary for their progression.
Associate Professor Adam Buckmaster, Ian Wright
Dr Bruce King, Carmel Smart, Patricia Crock, Don Anderson
Asthma prevelance has increased in many western countries over recent decades. Currently, 1 in 6 children in Australia are affected by the disease. Over this time, obesity rates have also increased, and obesity now effects around 10% of Australian children.