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Feb 2017
Trish Foundation contributes to first-ever discovery
Jun 2017
Researchers funded by the Trish Foundation making great progress
Dec 2017
Announcement by NHMRC
Jan 2018
2018 Round of Funding Four new Projects announced
Jun 2018
Exciting regrowth of nerve fibres
Jun 2018
Dr Merson secures $1 million from NHMRC
Jun 2018
Findings submitted for publication
Jan 2019
New Research Projects commencing 2019 announced

Meet some of the researchers

funded by the Trish Foundation

A/Prof Peter Crouch

American composer Duke Ellington famously said “A problem is a chance for you to do your best”, a sentiment certainly shared by Associate Professor Peter Crouch in the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics at Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne.  Read more.


A/Prof Peter Crouch (right) and his colleague Dr James Hilton

Dr Natalie Payne

When you ask Dr Natalie Payne - Research Fellow in the Nagy Laboratory at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) - about her motivation for focusing on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research, her answer immediately reveals a passion for her work that extends well beyond the petri dish.  Read more.

Dr David Gonsalvez

For Dr David Gonsalvez National Health and Medical Research Council / MS Research Australia Betty Cuthbert Fellow at the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University of Melbourne - the holy grail of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research is two-fold. “For me, it’s understanding exactly by what mechanism MS occurs and finding a way to prevent the disease altogether - or a suite of treatment options to halt the progressive component of MS.”  Read more.

Dr Steven Petratos

Dr Steven Petratos is very clear with his response when asked why he is so passionate about Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research and his part in the quest of the global scientific community to find a cure.

“I have always promised myself that I will never give up investigating the devastating disease that my grandfather suffered from.”  Read more.


Dr Lawrence Ong

When you ask a dedicated and hard-working scientific researcher what three things he’d take to a deserted island, it’s no surprise to discover two items are the ultimate in relaxation, but one is completely focused on getting back to his life and his work.

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Photo: The Westmead Institute for Medical Research

Dr Fiona McKay

Dr Fiona McKay, mother of two young boys is piecing together the puzzle of MS, one gene at time.

Growing up, Dr Fiona McKay was fascinated by the human body and watched a lot of surgery documentaries. Now the mother of two is working to find a cure for MS.  

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Photo: Benjamin Lee Photography

Jae Lee

Jae Lee's Postgraduate Research Scholarship, funded by the Trish Foundation 2013-2015, is entitled Targeting the molecular mechanisms of axonal degeneration and de-remyelination in multiple sclerosis.

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Jae Lee and his supervisor Dr Steven
Petratos, who was a recipient in the Foundation's inaugural round of funding
in 2002.

Dr Linda Ly

The Trish Foundation is proud to be funding Dr Linda Ly’s Post Doctoral Fellowship which aims to better understand the repair mechanisms in multiple sclerosis (MS).  

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Professor Graeme Stewart AM

Professor Graeme Stewart AM, husband, father, grandfather, all round good guy and one of the world’s most eminent scientists.

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Associate Professor Helmut Butzkueven

“The ‘holy grail’ of MS research? Finding the cause, of course.”  

This simple statement underpins the work of Associate Professor Helmut Butzkueven, a long-term and much valued research partner of the Trish Foundation.

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Professor John Prineas – World-wide recognition

"Professor John Prineas is both a treasured resource and an inspiration to all involved in the investigation of MS", said Professor Bill Carroll, Chairman of MS Research Australia's Research Review Board and Research Management Council.

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Dr Ben Emery

Since graduating from the University of Melbourne in December 2000 with a BSc (Hons, First Class), the career of Dr Ben Emery, has gone from strength to strength.

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Two outstanding Postgraduate Research Scholars funded by the Trish Foundation have made a difference in MS research.

Attila Szvetko, a fine example of a diligent and hard-working young researcher has made a great contribution to MS research in Australia and given hope to people with this disease. 

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A day in the lab with Natalie Payne was very busy, her commitment and her strong work ethic really shining through.

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Natalie and her supervisor, Professor Claude Bernard



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