Propelled by passionate donor support and a strategic model that unites and empowers university and health researchers, HMRI has grown rapidly to become amongst the largest medical research institutes in Australia.

It’s the classic “Hunter way” of rolling up the sleeves, collaborating, engaging the public and pushing boundaries. At the same time, we’re also extending our borders and support base far beyond the region.

The HMRI Sydney Foundation has a goal to reach out to Hunter “ex-pats” and other community-minded individuals who have their “Head in Sydney and Heart in the Hunter”.

The Foundation is focused on growing the institute’s fundraising reach in Australia’s biggest city. Right now, the group is supporting the Stroke Finder Helmet project, a global first in diagnosis and treatment.

The HMRI Sydney Foundation welcomes new supporters who may wish to join the committee, attend events with other community-minded individuals or make a donation online.

You can also call the General Manager of HMRI’s Development Team on (02) 4042 0771 to discuss the Stroke Finder project and others, and discover what’s possible

Stroke Finder

HMRI had been selected as the first international clinical trial site of the ground-breaking Stroke Finder helmet because of its well-earned, reputation for acute stroke treatment and rehabilitation.

The Stroke Finder helmet will dramatically improve a stroke patient’s prognosis by starting the diagnosis and treatment process earlier. One in six people will be affected by stroke in their lifetime so this research could have a national, even global, impact for stroke patients.

The portable helmet uses microwaves to penetrate the skull to “read” the brain, detecting the type of stroke the patient has suffered to ensure the correct treatment is administered.

Learn more about the Stroke Finder project and how it will improve recovery and recovery rates from stroke or contact HMRI on 1300 993 822 for more information or to make a donation.

The HMRI Impact

Just as the Hunter’s renowned wine, coal and equestrian industries make an international impact, the HMRI footprint also stretches across the globe.

The 24/7 institute has research teams working and sharing knowledge with other world-leading institutes like Harvard, Oxford, Karolinska and Gothenburg.

A number of Hunter-grown research projects are already reaping significant health and investment returns around the world:

  • Associate Professor Darren Shafren has demonstrated the effectiveness of a common cold virus as a potential anti-cancer agent, creating a novel compound known as CAVATAK to attack melanoma and metastatic tumour cells;
  • Diabetes researchers are developing an automated ‘Artificial Pancreas’ with an intelligent algorithm designed to manage insulin dosage, while also working on a saliva-based glucose-measuring system using a 2D printer that may supersede finger-prick blood testing;
  • Global adaptations of the award-winning Healthy Dads Healthy Kids obesity prevention program, borne in the Hunter, are being funded in the US and UK.

While lives are being immeasurably enriched by medical research being carried out in the Hunter, there is still more to do.

HMRI's 1500 affiliated researchers and support staff need more funding to continue to develop and deliver world-leading therapies and devices, efficiently and affordably, across a raft of disease areas.

HMRI Sydney Foundation Committee Members

Mr Michael Adie
Partner, Turks Legal

Ms Kristie Atkins
Managing Director, Lifestyle Rewards & Edge Consumer, Village Roadshow & Chair, HMRI Sydney Foundation

Mr Stephen Crowe
Director, Channel Zero

Ms Swati Dave
Non-executive Director, Various

Mr Andrew Gray
Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

Mr Kyle Loades
President/Chairman, NRMA & Chair, HMRI Board

Ms Lisa McGuigan
Fourth generation winemaker & Brand Creator, Lisa McGuigan Wines

Ms Jodi McKay MP
Member for Strathfield, Shadow Minister for Justice and Police, Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

Ms Lisa Montgomery
Consumer finance specialist, spokesperson and commentator

Mr Warren Moore
Presenter Radio 2GB, Macquarie Media Limited

Ms Kirsten Mulley
Managing Partner Public Affairs, GRACosway

Mrs Angela Scrymgour
A/Brand Manager Local Radio, ABC

Mr Robert Scrymgour
Senior Consultant, Facilitator & Coach, Leadership Management Australia

Mr Glenn Turner
Chair at Joinlox Pty Ltd & Former Chair, HMRI Board