Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision (Maddie’s Vision) is dedicated to finding a cure for bone marrow failure syndromes. Since inception in 2015, Maddie’s Vision has been a galvanizing force in elevating awareness of bone marrow failure, raising substantial funds (over $8 million AUD in committed funds) and purposefully identifying and supporting the best researchers in Australia, enabling them to specifically undertake focused research in Bone Marrow Failure.
In 2018, with assistance from Victorian State Government funding, Maddie’s Vision established the Centre of Research Excellence in Bone Marrow Biology. The CRE has provided a centralised contact point for all current grantees, researchers and co-researchers, community organisations and commercial entities.
The CRE has provided capacity to incorporate additional projects, to complete a critical mass of researchers and complementary projects, to expand infrastructure and coordinate BMFS research opportunities. This has facilitated a synchronisation of current and future research opportunities, and is amplifying and accelerating research outcomes.
The CRE's Inaugural National Symposium on Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes in May 2019 attracted 180 delegates from all over Australia and abroad. Building on this incredible success and momentum, the CRE is delighted to announce the dates for the Symposium 2021 - Friday 26th and Saturday 27th February to be held at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Melbourne. The scientific symposium will explore both clinical and research aspects of Bone Marrow Biology, acquired and inherited Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes.
*Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre building: Photography by Peter Bennets, courtesy Plenary Health
It will provide an opportunity to bring together again the most innovative, talented and exceptional minds in the field of Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes Australia wide. We are thrilled to announce our two incredible international guest speakers:
- Neal Young, Chief Haematology Branch, National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland
- Dr Alison Bertuch, Associate Professor Department of Paediatrics, Haematology/Oncology Section, Department of Molecular & Human Genetics Huffington Centre on Aging, Director Bone Marrow Failure Program, Texas Children's Cancer and Haematology Centres, Texas Children's Hospital.