Enhanced Health of the Australian community through The Highest Quality Medical Research
To lessen the impact of disease today while also searching for the cures of tomorrow by:
Working to alleviate the burden of disease impacting our Veteran community
Providing the infrastructure, governance and resources to support approved research endeavours
Conducting and funding translational laboratory research; research that can have the quickest movement from ‘bench to bedside’
Facilitating and supporting a culture of medical research within Greenslopes Private Hospital and other related partners through competitive scholarships and grants
Delivering high quality clinical trials of emerging new therapies for the benefit of our patients and the wider community
Sharing our results for the greatest benefit of all, thereby increasing community and corporate support for the Foundation and its research
our core values
Excellence Integrity Relevance Innovation
In our vital work of facilitating discoveries, we remember and take inspiration from the discipline and dedication exemplified by our veterans.
Greenslopes Hospital (the Repatriation General Hospital) became a teaching hospital of the University of Queensland with research commencing in that year.
The Greenslopes Private Hospital Veterans' Research Foundation was launched.
The Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation was launched in May and took over the activities of the Greenslopes Private Hospital Veterans' Research Foundation and represented a new era for research at Greenslopes Private Hospital.
The name Gallipoli is above politics and is part of Australian folklore. It is one of the few words spoken in Australia with something approaching reverence. Gallipoli reflects the Anzac tradition of ingenuity, mateship, courage and perseverance.
We will endeavour to demonstrate these attributes so that the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation serves as a lasting memorial to our forebears.
SIMPSON & HIS DONKEY
by Professor John Pearn AO, GMRF Board Member and one of Australia’s most senior doctor-soldiers.
The Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation logo includes a representation of Simpson and his donkey, a well-known and much loved icon that epitomises the sacrifice made by our brave service personnel at Gallipoli and in many conflicts since that tragic but heroic chapter in our history.
The legend of Simpson's deeds at Gallipoli was forged in only 24 days at Anzac Cove. It is believed that he rescued and retrieved more than 300 casualties, sometimes as many as 20 in one day, many under conditions of mortal risk to himself. On 19 May 1915, while making his fourth rescue of the day under heavy fire, he was killed instantly by machine gun fire at a point known as Bloody Angel in Shrapnel Gully. His donkey ‘Duffy’, still carrying the wounded soldier, returned alone to the Advanced Dressing Station of 3 Field Ambulance.
The commitment, dedication and selflessness that enabled Simpson to go out, time and again, to rescue his wounded comrades encourages us to strive towards excellence in medical research so that others can benefit in this generation and generations to come.
Simpson’s Legacy Lives on through His Descendants
GMRF are proud to have the generous support of John Simpson Kirkpatrick’s family, who continue their great uncle Jack’s tradition of helping those in need. Ted Balneaves, Simpson's great nephew, tells of their joy when the family learnt that Simpson would be recognised on the GMRF logo: "It was so positive and honoured all the things that servicemen over the years have come to embody."
Simpson’s descendants Pat, Ted and Jean joined us at GMRF in 2013, to celebrate a very generous donation that Jean made to GMRF’s research. Jean wants her support to enable: “resources to flow to those with brilliant minds, to help overcome the medical problems that fall on each generation. They say that we are the lucky country, and we are, but that doesn’t mean that there is still nothing yet to be faced.”
The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO - Patron
Quentin Bryce has enjoyed a rich and distinguished career as an academic, lawyer, community and human rights advocate, senior public officer, university college principal, and vice-regal representative in Queensland, and now Australia.
On 5 September 2008 Quentin Bryce was sworn in as Australia’s twenty-fifth Governor-General. As the first woman to take up the office, she remains a pioneer in contemporary Australian society, and yet one who brings more than forty years of experience in reform, community building and leadership to the role.On 25 March 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that Ms Bryce had become a Dame in the Order of Australia.
The Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation are proud to work with Ms Bryce as the Patron of our organisation.
Liam Kelly - Chairman
Mr Liam Kelly QC graduated from the University of Queensland in 1988 with honours in English literature and with the university medal in law. He was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for Queensland in 1989 and attended Magdalen College at Oxford University from where he graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Civil Law, a postgraduate law degree. Mr Kelly commenced private practice as a barrister in Brisbane the following year and continues to practise at the bar as a Queen’s Counsel.
Mr Kelly has been a Director on our board since 2015 and has recently accepted the position of GMRF Chairman.
Miriam Dwyer - Chief Executive Officer
Hailing from the Emerald Isle, Miriam brings her Irish sensibilities to the role of Chief Executive Officer. After making the move ‘down under’ in 1989, Miriam worked in the field of Medical Microbiology with various public and private institutions before commencing her career in medical research in 1996. Since then, Miriam has worked in senior management positions in research institutions and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector.
Miriam joined GMRF in 2011 and, in the role of CEO, she combines her deep belief in the power of medical research with the practical reality of funding and facilitating the research endeavours of the scientists at the bench and the clinicians at the bedside.
In addition to working closely with the GMRF Board of Directors and Board subcommittees to achieve the vision of the Foundation, she also oversees all operational elements of the Foundation’s Clinical Trials Unit including feasibility assessments, contract negotiations, and project delivery.
Professor Darrell Crawford - Director of Research
Professor Crawford is the Head of the School of Medicine at The University of Queensland.
His 25 years of service to the discipline of hepatology have made him a very highly respected clinician and clinical scientist. But it is his sense of humour and obliging attitude that make him so valued in the GMRF community. The Foundation is honoured to have Professor Crawford act as our Director of Research, where he helps to lead the Foundation in terms of research direction and strategy.
You can read Professor Crawford’s staff story here or learn more about his dual role as Head of the Liver Research Unit here.
Jane O'Brien - Finance Manager
Jane joined GMRF as Finance Manager in 2008 and keeps us all in check with her strict managing of the day to day financial running of the Foundation.
Jane is well-versed in the fiscal needs of research institutes having held senior finance roles at both Griffith University and the Australian National University. She has also worked as a finance consultant for Sony Business Europe, based in London.
When it comes to allocating funds, Jane is strict but fair – a trait perhaps honed through her other chief role as mother to two young children. (Although we have a slight suspicion they can get around her more than we can!)
Felicity Ivers - Veteran Communication and Engagement Officer
As Veteran Communications & Engagement Officer, Felicity is responsible for identifying ways to communicate the impact our veteran mental health research will have on the veteran community and the acknowledge the support we receive from participants, our research partners and collaborators.
Felicity has an extensive background in marketing, brand and communications working for not-for-profit organisations, government agencies and medical research institutes. With partner Richard, and daughter Lucy, Felicity enjoys travelling and camping and attending cultural and music events.
Andrew Cramb – Fundraising & Communications Coordinator
As Fundraising & Communications Coordinator, Andrew is responsible for writing and distributing written material as well as spreading the word to the community of the importance of supporting GMRF’s medical research. He is always on the lookout for a compelling story and loves hearing from our supporters. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Griffith University and has been a keen writer since he was ten years old.
Andrew works with our volunteers and community fundraisers to promote and develop the efforts of the Foundation. If you would like to learn more about how you can support the Foundation, or have someone come to speak to your community group, Andrew is the person to contact.
Maria Rimaati – Foundation Administrator
Maria manages the full administration function for GMRF and provides critical support to the team so they can concentrate on core responsibilities. She loves interacting with our volunteers, and is excited to be working for an organisation dedicated to saving lives and making people healthier.
Maria demonstrates her commitment to the cause every day with a three hour return commute to work from her home in Upper Caboolture. She’s no stranger to travelling, though, having previously lived in New Zealand, Canberra, Niue, Moscow, and Cairo!
Clinical Trials Unit (CTU)
The CTU team work in unison to ensure the smooth running and accurate recording of all clinical trials. To learn more about the clinical trials team, please click here.
Many of our trial participants form a bond with the CTU team members who lead them through their treatment. If you would like to say hello or thank a CTU team member please click here.
Board of Directors
Safeguarding the Mission and Vision of GMRF
The Board of Directors act as guardians of the Foundation's mission and vision. Board Members are ideally placed to stand back and take a detached view of potential future directions. They are instrumental in formulating: what GMRF plans to achieve, where it wants to be, and how it plans to get there. In doing so, the Board works closely with the CEO of the Foundation to further the research goals and monitor program effectiveness.
Mr Liam Kelly (Chairman)
Barrister in private practice
Mr Tom Ryan
Former Director and Chairman of Australian Pharmaceutical Healthcare Systems (APHS)
Ms Carmel Monaghan (Company Secretary)
Marketing & Public Affairs Manager, Ramsay Health Care
Associate Professor David Colquhoun
Cardiologist in private practice
Mr Stephen Copplin
FCPA, GAICD, Managing Director CFO Centre Pty Ltd.
Dr Michael Harrison
CEO/ Managing Partner, Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology
Professor John Pearn AO RFD
Professor of Paediatrics & Child Health, University of Queensland
Mrs Jean Pockett
Former Vice President, War Widows Guild (Qld) Inc.
Ms Toni Thornton
Professor Ross Young
Executive Dean, Faculty of Health QUT
Mr Karl Morris
Executive Chairman, Ord Minnett and Chairman, QSuper
Executive Committee 2016-2017
The role of the GMRF Executive Committee is to implement the strategic direction of the Board of Directors and to oversee the day to day management of the Foundation in line with our vision, mission and values.
Mr Liam Kelly GMRF Chairman
Ms Miriam Dwyer GMRF Chief Executive Officer
Ms Carmel Monaghan GMRF Company Secretary
Professor Darrell Crawford GMRF Director of Research
Ms Frances McChlery GPH Marketing Manager
Ms Jane O'Brien GMRF Finance Manager
Ms Sharon Wood GMRF Partnerships & Development Manager
Research Committees 2016-2017
The roles of the GMRF Research Committees are to evaluate all proposals for research to be undertaken by or under the auspices of the Foundation. The committees make recommendations to the Board of Directors in relation to the granting of research fellowships, making of research grants and other research expenditure. They then seek progress reports from grant recipients at least once annually and report back to the Board on the progress of the research areas.
GMRI Scientific Advisory Committee
Professor Ross Young (Chair) MSc, Dip, Clin Psyc, PhD, MAPS
Associate Professor David Colquhoun MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ
Professor Darrell Crawford FRACP, MD
Dr Michael Harrison MBBS, FRCPA
Professor Ken Donald MBBS, PhD, FRCPA, FRCPath, FRACS (Hon), FRACMA
Professor Gerald Holtmann MBBS, FRACP, PhD
GMRF Clinical Review Committee
Dr Tony Blackwell MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA
Dr Glenda Powell AM, MBBS, FRCP (Edin), FRACP, FAFRM
Associate Professor Christopher Strakosch MD, FRACP
Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation
Greenslopes Private Hospital
GREENSLOPES QLD 4120
Phone: (07) 3394 7284
Fax: (07) 3394 7767