Institute for Glycomics celebrates 21st Birthday in grand fashion

The Institute for Glycomics 21st Birthday Grand Ball presented by Meriton Group will be held on Saturday 14 August at RACV Royal Pines Resort.

The elegant black-tie affair featuring a special feature performance by one of Australia’s most successful comics Akmal Saleh, aims to raise funds for the Institute’s research into finding new drugs, vaccines and diagnostics for devastating diseases of global impact.

Comedian Akmal Saleh

“This year’s event will also celebrate a milestone occasion in the life of the Institute for Glycomics — our 21st Birthday – highlighting 21 years of remarkable research,” said Institute Director Professor Mark von Itzstein AO.

“Although we will most certainly celebrate our coming of age and many translational research successes, a key focus of this year’s Grand Ball will be raising money to support the Institute’s current and future cancer research.”

The Institute for Glycomics is home to the Australian Centre for Cancer Glycomics (A2CG), a unique national resource dedicated to cancer glycomics research.

“Our unique research approach centred around glycomics makes us the only institute of its kind in Australia and one of only a handful in the world,’’ Professor von Itzstein said.

With the brightest scientific talent in the field of cancer glycomics, the A2CG is an exciting hub of truly revolutionary cancer research.

Research teams within the A2CG are currently working on new and better ways to diagnose, prevent and cure cancer. Recent breakthroughs include the development of a promising new early detection test for breast and ovarian cancers, which may be a useful tool for early cancer diagnosis, and for the monitoring of treatment and disease. Other areas of interest and further investigation include world-first advances in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), to better diagnose breast cancer for women who fall in the high-risk category.

Hundreds of high-profile, influential guests from Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and surrounding areas will enjoy a premium three course meal and beverage package, live entertainment, exciting raffle prizes, and a live and silent auction. Griffith alumnus Tracey Smith from Channel 9 News Gold Coast will oversee the order of events as this year’s Master of Ceremonies.

The Institute’s special event has welcomed the community’s support, attracting high profile event partners including Platinum Partner, Meriton Group; Gold Partners, Eco Tan and Community Bank Paradise Point and Ormeau – Bendigo Bank; Silver Partner, Lucy Cole Prestige Properties; Bronze Partners, Triple M, FB Rice, The Layt Clinic, and BARD1 Life Sciences Ltd; Fireworks Sponsor, Spruson & Ferguson; and Media/Support Partners, Channel 9 News Gold Coast, Gold Coast Bulletin, Fast Proof Press, The Edit Suite and Luke Marsden Photo.

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