Research Assistant Clare Watson, Associate Professor Justin Yerbury and PhD candidate Rachelle Balez

The beauty of science in the Illawarra on display

Magnified, the science art exhibition held at the University of Wollongong (UOW) between 6 – 20 July, has raised over $10,000 for Motor Neurone Disease research at IHMRI.

Organised by IHMRI Research Assistant Clare Watson and PhD candidate Rachelle Balez, Magnified also helped educate over 300 people who visited the exhibition about the fascinating research that is happening right here in the Illawarra.

Held in honour of the research of Associate Professor Justin Yerbury, Magnified displayed the work of researchers at IHMRI, UOW, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and Bluescope Steel.

Funds were raised via the sale of the framed images donated by researchers, as well as reprints of the images. Fifty of the 55 framed artworks were sold in total, with 35 quickly purchased at the Opening Night Function, held at the TAEM Gallery in UOW’s School of the Arts, English and Media.

The Opening Night Function was a huge success and was attended by a number of VIPS, including the major event sponsor Jason Ballerini from Just Better Care, local community sponsors Sharon Bird MP, Paul Scully MP, Ryan Park MP and Stephen Jones MP, representatives from our industry sponsors at Leica, Millennium Bioscience and Bluescope Steel, and of course the printer and framer Brent from Photomart.

Opening Night Function of Magnified

Opening Night Function of Magnified

The exhibition was officially opened by IHMRI Chief Operating Officer,  Kara Lamond, with guest speakers Dr Darren Saunders from the University of New South Wales, and PhD student Isabella Lambert-Smith. Associate Professor Yerbury and his family were the guests of honour.

The money raised will be used to fund four travel scholarships over the next two years for emerging and talented MND researchers at IHMRI to attend the International Symposium on Motor Neurone Disease.

Clare Watson and Rachelle Balez would like to sincerely thank all the researchers who contributed images, the generosity of the sponsors, and the team of people who helped to bring Magnified to life and ensure it was a great success.

Peoples Choice Award

Magnified featured a People’s Choice Award. ‘Moss Jewels’ by Dr Melinda Waterman received the most votes.

Theo (aged 8) was the Winner of the Peoples Choice Award, and received tickets to the NBL courtesy of the Illawarra Hawks.

Moss Jewels by Dr Melinda Waterman

Moss Jewels by Dr Melinda Waterman

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Top photo: IHMRI Research Assistant Clare Watson, Associate Professor Justin Yerbury and PhD candidate Rachelle Balez.
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