MLC Community Foundation – Cell Sorting and Flow Cytometry
Garvan is the fortunate beneficiary of a new pledge through the MLC Community Foundation of $1million. This support goes to core research infrastructure, covering the running costs of one of the Institute’s key facilities over the next five years. MLC is the wealth management division of the National Australia Bank, and provides investment, superannuation and insurance solutions and quality financial planning services to individual investors and corporate customers throughout Australia. Both MLC and NAB have a long and proud history with the Garvan for more than 20 years. In fact, MLC was founded in 1887 by James Patrick Garvan, who then gave his name to the Institute. And visitors to our public seminar series will note these talks are held in our NAB Auditorium.
Speaking about MLC’s desire to quietly and effectively make the greatest possible difference, CEO Steve Tucker said: “We set about identifying how we could target our support to where it really counted: we asked that question of Garvan management. We learnt about the challenges of providing and maintaining world-class facilities so that researchers can conduct world-class science. Lack of adequate funding for core research infrastructure was an issue highlighted by the international Scientific Panel that reviewed the Garvan in 2008 as a key challenge facing the Institute. We decided that was how the MLC Community Foundation could help”.
The facility the Foundation is supporting comprises both cell sorting and flow cytometry. Cell sorting technology and expertise is essential to research at Garvan (to isolate the exact cells of relevance to any research question). Flow cytometry is the study of cells in a stream to detect changes in populations of cells. All the research groups dependent on these technologies to achieve their breakthroughs are extremely grateful to the MLC Community Foundation.