Murdoch receives record personal donation

August 19, 2011

Murdoch’s Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IIID) has received a $1.3M boost – the largest personal contribution in the University’s history.

Fortescue Metals Group Chairman Andrew Forrest and his wife, Australian Children’s Trust Director Nicola Forrest, made the donation in the form of a parcel of shares, valued at around $1,336,000.

Murdoch Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott welcomed the donation, which will help support the development of IIID’s world-leading research.

“The Forrests’ donation recognises the outstanding work of Professor Simon Mallal and his specialist team, and acknowledges their role in a collaborative global network battling infectious diseases,” Prof Higgott said.

“Murdoch University is indeed fortunate to have world-class research taking place on campus, but such research is increasingly dependent on philanthropic support for its success.”

“The Forrests’ donation is an excellent example of this partnership between research and philanthropy, and it will help facilitate a greater implementation of the facilities at IIID to benefit the West Australian community and beyond.”

“I would like to thank Andrew and Nicola Forrest for their generosity and support of this far-reaching initiative and acknowledge the Office of Development and Professor Mallal for helping to make this donation possible.”

The $35 million Institute was established to conduct cutting edge research into communicable diseases like HIV AIDS and Hepatitis C.

The Institute consists of a team of 40 specialists led by Professor Simon Mallal that participates in a global network involving other leading universities and research institutes.

The team’s track record has attracted significant support from the likes of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and both State and Federal Government

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