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Consumer Review Panel

2016 saw the creation of the inaugural Centenary Institute Consumer Review Panel (CRP). We commissioned the help of eight wonderful Members to offer their invaluable time by providing a different and critical perspective on the life-saving research being conducted by the Centenary Institute’s scientists in the areas of cancer, inflammation and cardiovascular disease.

Each Member of the CRP participates in and contributes to four interactive seminars per year, led by our talented scientists who showcase their current research, highlight their achievements to-date, as well as explain in detail the objectives and aspirations of their future research and how this may improve the lives of Australians – now, and in the future. The CRP Members, in turn, provide essential feedback that will improve the clinical relevance of these research projects and goals, and how the vital impact of their work can best be communicated to the general public.

The involvement of the Panel Members is essential as it opens up an important and diverse dialogue between researchers and the wider community as the individuals are from a cross range of industries. This broader scope of perspectives will be integral to increasing the likelihood of Centenary’s research being funded by competitive grants as consumer involvement is a now compulsory requirement of some funding bodies. Income generated via competitive grants is a vital funding stream for our organizational sustainability, ensuring the retention of top quality scientists and their groundbreaking research; as well as our capacity to allocate financial resources to each research project in times of hardship.

It is anticipated that the contribution to the Consumer Review Panel will not only increase the likelihood of funding success, but enhance our scientist’s connection with the wider community as well as those who have been affected by chronic disease.

We would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to all our Panel Members for donating their time, expertise and commitment to being involved in such an exciting initiative for the Centenary Institute.

Consumer Review Panel Members

  •  Robert Gardos
  • Stuart Hickman
  • Vanessa Merewether
  • Lee McKerracher
  • Leigh Sullivan
  • Kim Kelloway
  • Dr Tony Hochberg
  • Sabine Kalker