The Margaret Pratt Foundation

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   Ten Years On ...


The Margaret Pratt Foundation celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2010. Professor Greg Snell summarizes below the impact the Foundation has made over these last ten years.   

The Margaret Pratt Foundation (MPF) has made a major contribution to research into long-term dysfunction after lung transplantation. In supporting a range of initiatives at the Alfred Hospital and Monash University there have been tangible benefits in terms of exploring new and more durable types of donor lungs for transplantation, understanding the mechanisms of chronic rejection and chronic infection as well as assessing new therapies to protect against long-term lung dysfunction. The impact of these MPF supported studies and analyses are far reaching, making a real difference to individual transplant patients, and promoting the Alfred Hospital as world leaders in Lung Transplant clinical and research expertise. 

MPF can lay direct claim to 41 medical publications, 2 completed Lung Transplant Doctorates of Philosophy (with 2 more currently underway), 1 Dora Lust Monash University Fellowship, 1 Endothelin Science Research Award and 1 Master of Science. The MPF has additionally supported the achievement of 2 Medical Doctorates, 2 NHMRC Grants, I PhD and 1 Doherty Fellowship. Recipients of MPF support are now leaders in lung transplant programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdon. 

This all lays a fantastic foundation for the next 10 years ... 




The Margaret Pratt Foundation

10th Anniversary Carnivále

"Celebrate the Past and Unmask the Future"

Saturday 2 October 2010


With the invaluable support of W.D.Rose & Joseph Allison Funerals, around 350 people celebrated the 10th Anniversary of The Margaret Pratt Foundation in Carnivále style. Held in the stunning Regent Plaza Ballroom, the night commenced with acts of fire, and continued to amaze guests throughout the night.  Roving carnivále performers, side shows and moving speeches kept everyone entertained.  Guests also helped to raise valuable funds for the Alfred Transplant Unit's research bidding at the silent and live auctions, and purchasing raffle tickets and the 10th anniversary bear to go in the running for beautiful jewellery and other donated items. At the end of the evening the dancefloor was the place to be!

Many thanks to everyone involved with the event, particularly our corporate partner W.D.Rose & Joseph Allison Funerals, and our major sponsors - Pooles Rock Wines, Bledisloe Australia Pty Ltd, Ford, Studio Ingot, Imogene, On Trak, Amalgamated Casket Company, and Gabriella Frawley Fashion Accessories. 



The Mudcakes at LaMama for Kids

Sunday 15 August 2010

Audience members sung, clapped and danced to the music of The Mudcakes at a special morning performance. LaMama Theatre kindly donated the use of the Courthouse Theatre, as well as a event manager, and refreshments for the children. The children had great fun with the more adventurous playing kazoos (buzzing wind instrument), bongos and tambourines. The dancing competition even had some of the adults on their feet, and committee member Gordon won "best boy dancer" much to his surprise. A vote for enthusiasm! Our thanks to Sherry and Rich (The Mudcakes) for a wonderful morning of entertainment.



The Ark Clothing Workshop

Tuesday 3 August 2010

Approximately 40 ladies attend an evening "Summer Trend Forecasting for 2010" workshop at The Ark clothing store in High St Malvern.  The group learnt the secrets of dressing to suit different body shapes, and previewed what is coming into the stores this Spring/Summer.  The brave Ark team bared their bodies in the Ark Basics range, which form the essential component for putting together the right look for a "curvy, square, triangle, straight or diamond" figure.  The Ark also kindly supplied champagne and nibbles, as well as a generous discount for shoppers.  



Toy Story 3 Movie

Sunday 27 June 2010

The Margaret Pratt Foundation organised a group to attend to Toy Story 3 at Hoyts at Victoria Gardens.  The event was lots of fun with all the children getting very excited as Buzz and Woody saved the day again.  It was the first movie experience for some, and first 3D movie for others, so quite an adventure for everyone. 


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