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.

2018

Teaching autistic children to look people in the eyes
Project Grant
Description:

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.

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2017

Do sensory symptoms impact outcomes of the Alert Program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Project Grant
Researchers:
Description:

"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.

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2016

The Resilient Brain Initiative – Preclinical Neurobiology Group
Project Grant
Researchers:

Associate Professor Chris Dayas, Associate Professor Brett Graham

Description:

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.

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An innovative strategy to limit cognitive decline and dementia
Project Grant
Researchers:

Associate Professor Frederick Rohan Walker

2015

Improving diet quality to reduce risk of asthma attacks in children
Project Grant
Description:

Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease, affecting 10% of Australian children.

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2014

Development of a new treatment to prevent blindness from degenerative myopia
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Sally McFadden, Professor Dan Schwartz, Associate Professor Paul Baird, Professor Julia Kornfield 

Description:

Myopic (short-sighted) eyes are too long for their optical power because of excessive growth.

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The Supporting Children's Outcomes using Rewards, Exercise and Skills (SCORES) study
Project Grant
Description:

One third of Australian children are not sufficiently active of good health and this is particularly true of children from disadvantaged schools.

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2013

Happy Healthy Children: A genome wide association study on childhood brain tumours
Project Grant
Researchers:

Professor Rodney Scott, Dr Frank Alvaro, Tiffany-Jane Evans, Elizabeth Milne, Bruce Armstrong, Professor John Attia, Elizabeth Holliday 

Description:

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.

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High-flow nasal cannulae versus ambient oxygen to treat early neonatal respiratory distress in non-tertiary special care nurseries. A multicentre, randomised controlled trial.
Project Grant
Researchers:

Associate Professor Adam Buckmaster, Ian Wright 

The Supporting Children's Outcomes using Rewards, Exercise and Skills (SCORES) study
Project Grant
Description:

One third of Australian children are not sufficiently active of good health and this is particularly true of children from disadvantaged schools.

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2012

The Gastronomic Lunch of the Year Fellowship
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Bruce King, Carmel Smart, Patricia Crock, Don Anderson
 

The Supporting Children's Outcomes using Rewards, Exercise and Skills (SCORES) study
Project Grant

2011

The Supporting Children's Outcomes using Rewards, Exercise and Skills (SCORES) study
Project Grant

2010

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: An exercise intervention for the treatment of youth depression
Project Grant
Healthy Dads Healthy Kids for Indigenous populations
Project Grant
Researchers:

2009

A study of obesity and inflammation in children with asthma
Project Grant
Description:

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.

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Growing into Asthma - a birth cohort to investigate the prenatal and developmental origins of asthma
Project Grant

2008

Characterisation of Cardiovascular Adaptation in Newborn infants.
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Ian Wright
 

Equipment Grant $1995.00 Bio-Rad Power Pack for Gel Electrophoresis $2399.00 Gel Drying System
Equipment Grant
Researchers:

Professor Caroline Blackwell
 

The "Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids" Project" Feasibility and Benefits of a Father-Focused Child Obesity Prevention Intervention.
Project Grant
Researchers: