Young Garvan Platinum Sponsor

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is based in Sydney and has pioneered insights into diseases including cancer, neuro-degenerative and mental diseases, disorders of the immune system, diabetes and obesity, osteoporosis and other skeletal disorders. 

Young Garvan was established in 2002 by a volunteer group of young supporters who valued the work of the Garvan Institute. The group was inspired to educate and inform the younger generations about the importance of medical research.

State Custodians has been a major supporter of Young Garvan since 2010, helping fund the Young Garvan Fellowships. The aim of the funding grants is to engage young early career scientists who have completed a PHD, to continue cutting-edge research in their field. Ultimately it encourages young professionals to pursue a career in medical research by giving them funding to prove their excellence. 

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Money magazine awards

2016 State Custodians Young Garvan Award

Congratulations to Dr Samantha Oakes, winner of the 2016 State Custodians Young Garvan Award. Her winning edgy idea is “A new way to reawaken the immune system to treat cancer.”

On June 16, three researchers presented their ideas to an audience made up of invited guests from Young Garvan and associated sponsors. The audience then got to vote for the idea that they thought deserved to win the award. Dr Oakes was up against stiff competition in the form of Drs David Herrmann and Marcia Munoz. To ensure that all three candidates had the best chance of winning, they were each given a mentor from State Custodians and the Young Garvan Committee who helped them polish their presentations in the weeks prior to the event. In the end, Dr Oakes won over the crowd with her pitch to trick cancer cells into thinking they’re infected with a virus such that they will be recognised (and attacked) by the immune system.

Overwhelmed by the support on the night, Dr Oakes said, “I am absolutely thrilled to win the 2016 State Custodians Young Garvan Award for my edgy idea. I really believe this award and $25,000 funding will help me prove that we can make cancers sick and sensitive to immunotherapy, opening the doors for future projects and clinical trials that stop cancer patients form dying.”

SC Young Garvan Awards 2016 Dr Samantha Oakes presenting her edgy idea to the audience.
SC Young Garvan Awards 2016 Ultimate winner of the award, Dr Samantha Oakes. Click here to view her idea.
SC Young Garvan Awards 2016 The three researchers who pitched their ideas, pictured with representatives from State Custodians. Dr Marcia Munoz, Dr David Herrmann, Dr Samantha Oakes, Melissa Urquhart, Lisa Jensen and Janelle Foster.

2016 Garvan Community Champion Award

In February State Custodians received the 2016 Community Champion Award from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. It was recognition of our long term support of the All Ribbons Ball, the major fundraising event of Young Garvan.

The funds raised by the group are awarded to a young research scientist to undertake medical research. The award was presented by Dr David Croucher, the recipient of the current award. His research involves understanding the factors that cause chemoresistence, to better determine treatment options for breast cancer sufferers.

Luis Orp & Dr David Croucher State Custodians Luis Orp receiving the 2016 Garvan Community Champion Award from Dr David Croucher
State Custodians representatives State Custodians representatives Richard Metzger, Luis Orp, Anouska Linz and Melissa Urqhuart

A representative group from State Custodians was there to accept the award including Richard Metzger, Luis Orp, Anouska Linz and Melissa Urquhart. "We were inspired by the fundraising efforts of others including Samuel Johnson, Love your Sister and Tour de Cure. We are very proud to be associated with the Garvan Institute."