Breakthrough blog

Welcome to the breakthrough blog, where the focus is very much on what we’ve been able to achieve thanks to your invaluable support.

This is where you’ll read about the latest innovations in our labs, exciting breakthroughs in our medical research, and heartwarming stories about some of the people we’ve been able to help.

Living with MS

“I cannot control the fact that I have multiple sclerosis, but what I can control is my attitude.” – George Saliba, Garvan Partner for the Future.

living with MS

How to read DNA in real time

A future where our researchers and clinicians can watch DNA and RNA as it is sequenced – and even interact with the experiments while they are running – is not so far away.

Reading DNA in real time

A brother’s tribute

Peter Gallagher lost his life to prostate cancer on 19 September 2014, his father’s birthday. In Peter’s memory, his brother Terry (left) seeks to make a difference to the disease that claimed him. 

Terry and Peter Gallagher

Ask Garvan about Prader-Willi syndrome

Sandy from West Leederville in Perth asks “My nephew has Prader-Willi syndrome. What’s happening in research to help this terrible condition?” Thank you, Sandy, for your question about Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). Garvan is one of the few places in the world actively studying this condition. While PWS is relatively rare it is also the most common

The radical idea offering hope for millions of Aussies suffering from autoimmune disease

Professor Chris Goodnow, deputy director of the Garvan Institute, talks about the radical idea that’s offering hope for millions of Australians currently suffering from autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases are on the rise in Australia, and fast becoming a problem for our already-stretched healthcare system. One in 8 people will be affected by an autoimmune disease

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