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University of Sydney announces $10.4 million gift plus clinic from staff member for fertility research



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Gift transforms University of Sydney’s approach to

fertility research and treatment

 

sydney campus - students 2The University of Sydney recently announced a major initiative in the field of fertility research and treatment, as it takes over ownership of Westmead IVF Pty Limited, the company which operates the private fertility clinic at Westmead Hospital, Westmead Fertility Centre.

Westmead IVF has been given to the University of Sydney as part of a major gift from a foundation established by one of the University of Sydney’s own alumni and staff members, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Brian Trudinger. The fertility service was established 30 years ago and Professor Trudinger has been custodian for the past 22 years. It has the express aim of making high quality fertility treatment accessible to all patients at the lowest possible cost.

As well as a 100 percent share in Westmead IVF Pty Ltd, the gift includes a $10.4 million cash donation which will establish both a chair in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and endow a research program in maternal foetal medicine. The company will continue to support ongoing world-class research in the field at the University of Sydney. This would collocate the two phases of reproduction, falling pregnant and carrying a pregnancy to a successful outcome.

The University of Sydney’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, said this gift represented a unique opportunity to build on Sydney Medical School’s existing strength in reproductive, maternal and child health while at the same time providing the best possible clinical services to patients.

What makes this gift particularly appropriate is that the University of Sydney and Westmead IVF share a commitment to serving the community and to quality and equity of access. It also gives us an opportunity to work even more closely with the Western Sydney Local Health District to advance the health of the community by aligning research and clinical treatment, a model which has been clearly shown to lead to innovation and better health care for patients.”

The Dean of Sydney Medical School, Professor Bruce Robinson, expressed his sincere gratitude for the gift, saying, “This gift brings together the link between clinical service, research and teaching for which Sydney Medical School and the University of Sydney are renowned”.

http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newsstoryid=13714

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