• Professor Roger Reddel and hostess Agnes Espagne-Romatet

    Professor Roger Reddel and hostess Agnes Espagne-Romatet

  • Valerie Hanlon,Flo Jeremiah, Noelen Cater and Anne Pennay

    Valerie Hanlon,Flo Jeremiah, Noelen Cater and Anne Pennay

  • Wendy Swan, Vicki McMullin and Bronwyn Johnston

    Wendy Swan, Vicki McMullin and Bronwyn Johnston

  • Virginia Rzechowicz and Judy Shalders

    Virginia Rzechowicz and Judy Shalders

  • Noelle Leonard, Mary Constable and Rosanna Hindmarsh

    Noelle Leonard, Mary Constable and Rosanna Hindmarsh

  • Barbara Irvine, Fiona Spencer, Sylvia McCoy and Jack Irvine

    Barbara Irvine, Fiona Spencer, Sylvia McCoy and Jack Irvine

  • Rita Cranford and Marion  Gillespie-Jones

    Rita Cranford and Marion Gillespie-Jones

  • Mylene Mosella and Susanne Reichhardt

    Mylene Mosella and Susanne Reichhardt

  • Estella Janz-Robinson and Cameron-Maxwell

    Estella Janz-Robinson and Cameron-Maxwell

Children’s Medical Research Institute Reception

4 May 2014

Researching telomeres and the results his team has achieved gets Professor Roger Reddel of the CMRI excited.

And just quietly you should be too. The Canberra committee of the CMRI received all his good news at the reception at the residence of the Embassy of France with the ambassador’s wife, Madame Agnes Espagne-Romatet, playing hostess and we all came away knowing a lot more about those itty bitty end bits protecting the DNA in our chromosomes, the chemical compounds already being used in research to stop them shortening each time the cell divides and the positives to come out of this research, particularly in cancer research.

His aside about the cosmetic industry’s need for anti-ageing products to keep giving us all 'hope in a bottle' had the Professor debunking some of the myths and magic promulgated by their marketing strategies. 

What we will see though is money well spent to keep this institute researching, with the committee already planning its mammoth picnic in the country - this year at Carwoola - and the smooth operation of a spectacular annual event that raised $90,000 in 2013 for the CMRI.