Ladies who lunch really make a difference

On Friday, March 3 the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research will be hosting its annual Ladies Luncheon. Now in its fourth year, this sold-out community event is expected to be the Institute’s biggest yet.

Guests are treated with a presentation of new health advances and discoveries from one of the Institute’s research groups with money raised from the lunch going towards projects like the cutting-edge Circulating Tumour Cell program which will hopefully result in the development of a blood test for cancer.

From last year, the Institute is home to the only Zeiss 3D Correlated Electron Microscope in Australia that is giving insights into cancer cells to a team of up to 30 doctors, researchers and students working on the CTC program.

The microscope, which has been christened Merlin, is one of the world’s most advanced pieces of equipment dedicated to studying the internal workings of the human cell.

In previous years, the lunch has focused on diabetes and brain and injury clinical research projects.

The lunch is also a celebration of women in science as well over half of the Institute’s researchers are female.

Long-time supporter of Ingham Institute is Debb Meyer, of Narellan Pools (pictured left). Debb has been to every lunch since its inception in 2012, contributing $40,000 to medical research so far.

“We are privileged to be in the position to be able to make a difference to people’s lives,” she said. “The medical research conducted at Ingham Institute can affect so many, not only worldwide but also our nearest and dearest.

“It is wonderful to have the Institute as a part of our local community. They’re serving for the greater good and we are lucky we can help support them change the future of medicine.”

Across Australia, the number of cancer patients in Australia grows by approximately 3 per cent a year, highlighting the importance for funding further research and ultimately finding a cure. This year’s luncheon theme is Celebrating the Mystery of Merlin and attendees at Camden’s Lakeside Golf Club will take a virtual tour inside the cancer cell.

Sunrise’s Natalie Barr will be the MC for the second year running and social commentator Prue MacSween will also attend.

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