Hope Research team leaders
Professor Chris GoodnowDeputy Director, Garvan Institute of Medical Research and internationally renowned immunologist.
Professor Ido AmitPrincipal Investigator, Weizmann Institute of Science, and pioneering cellular-genomics expert.
Dr Dan SuanClinical Immunology and Immunopathology Specialist at the Westmead Hospital.
Group Leader - Rheumatology and Autoimmunity
Senior Research Officer
Senior Research Assistant
The philanthropic support of The Bill and Patricia Ritchie Foundation has been a key driver in establishing Hope Research.
For Julia Ritchie and her sister Ruth, Hope Research had instant appeal. “Somebody in your family has, or will have, a mystery disease with no answer,” Ruth says. “When that happens, you might disappear down expensive, well-meaning dead ends – I’ve stopped just short of seeking out witch doctors – or you can support a coordinated, comprehensive study that has the potential to unlock the mystery of all autoimmune diseases, not just the unpronounceable, incomprehensive monstrosity of a thing that has found its way into your life.”
In addition to getting Hope Research off the ground, this new undertaking from The Bill and Patricia Ritchie Foundation aims to pave the way for the additional community funding needed to realise the project’s promise. Ruth says: “We hope that our backing will encourage other people who have family and friends who live with autoimmune diseases to follow our example and participate in Garvan’s ground-breaking research.”