Nobel Prize winner special guest at Mumbulla Foundation fundraising dinner

ON MAY 23 at 6.30pm, Professor Peter Doherty AC, one of Australia’s leading research scientists and a Nobel Prize winner, will speak at a high-profile fundraising dinner for the Mumbulla Foundation.

Professor Peter Doherty AC.

Professor Peter Doherty AC.

This is the second such dinner held by the foundation.

The Mumbulla Foundation is delighted to present this very special evening exclusively for the Bega Valley community at the Merimbula Aquarium and Wharf Restaurant.

The dinner will provide an excellent opportunity for interested locals to learn about the science of killer bugs and pandemics and at the same time support the foundation’s activities in providing grants to local community groups.

Professor Doherty shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 with Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel, for their discoveries concerning the specificity of the cell-mediated immune defence.

He was Australian of the Year in 1997 and made a Companion of the Order of Australia, and has since been commuting between St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne.

His research is mainly in the area of defence against viruses.

Born in Brisbane, Professor Doherty graduated from the University of Queensland in Veterinary Science and became a veterinary officer.

Moving to Scotland, he received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh Medical School.

He is the first person with a veterinary qualification to win a Nobel Prize.

Professor Doherty is also the author of several books, including A Light History of Hot Air, The Beginners Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize, Sentinel Chickens: What Birds Tell us About our Health and the World and Pandemics: What Everyone Needs to Know.

As the book titles suggest, Professor Doherty is a well-informed and entertaining speaker who has generously agreed to speak pro bono in support of the foundation’s charitable activities.

This special dinner is a unique opportunity to learn about a medical subject of interest to all.

Professor Doherty’s talk will be “The Killer Defence” - about pandemics, bad bugs and how to deal with them.

Those attending will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

Since 2001, the Mumbulla Foundation has given out over $700,000 in grants to a myriad local organisations and initiatives including Tulgeen’s Art in the Garage project, the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre, Little Yuin Pre-school and the Four Winds Festival.

In order to continue making a difference in our community the Mumbulla Foundation needs the ongoing support of community members, professionals and businesses so it can continue supporting the community into the future.

The dinner is just one way you can “give where you live” and support the Mumbulla Foundation and your community.

The dinner is likely to sell out, so if you are interested in attending the Peter Doherty Fundraising Dinner, contact Gary Potts on 0418 720 908 ASAP.

The cost of the dinner is $50 and a tax deductible donation of $100 to the Mumbulla Foundation is requested.

For more information go to www.mumbulla.org.au.

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