Having stepped down from his leadership role earlier this year, the events were dedicated to honouring Professor Vadas and his significant contributions to both Centenary and the broader field of medical research.
The celebratory symposium focused on key areas of research that Professor Vadas is passionately involved in, namely immunology, inflammation, and various disease states such as vascular disease and cancer. Speakers were made up of current and former Centenary scientists, who shared their expertise on a wide range of topics, including Alzheimer’s disease, rare vascular diseases, age-associated muscle weakness and COVID-19.
In an announcement during the post-symposium dinner, it was revealed that the Institute had established the ‘Mathew Vadas Award’. The award aims to recognise exceptional undergraduate students, providing them with crucial support as they embark on their journey into a medical research career.
The inaugural recipient of this award was Lior Yoffe, a talented student associated with the Liver Immunology Program. His project centres on better understanding the role of a specialised type of white blood cell in liver disease.
The departure of Professor Vadas as Executive Director marks the end of an era at the Institute. Nevertheless, he will continue to be an integral part of Centenary as a researcher and also as the Joint-Head of the Vascular Biology Program.
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