• Fine dining, good company and a Noble Laureate guest speaker for the JCMR Foundation dinner.

    Fine dining, good company and a Noble Laureate guest speaker for the JCMR Foundation dinner.

  • Vice Chancellor ANU Ian Young, Kiaran Kirk, Farzaneh Kordbacheh and Chris Parish

    Vice Chancellor ANU Ian Young, Kiaran Kirk, Farzaneh Kordbacheh and Chris Parish

  • Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Gina Jerffrey, Johannes Kuhnen and Peter Jeffrey

    Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Gina Jerffrey, Johannes Kuhnen and Peter Jeffrey

  • Kathryn Heuer, Erin Bedford and Greg Stuart

    Kathryn Heuer, Erin Bedford and Greg Stuart

  • The HJohn James Foundation team.

    The HJohn James Foundation team.

  • Emily Campbell and Rolf Zinkernagel

    Emily Campbell and Rolf Zinkernagel

  • Rolf Zinkernagel and Cam Webber

    Rolf Zinkernagel and Cam Webber

  • Alha Alzahrani, Emeritus Professor Rolf Zinkernagel, Chair Foundation Board Cam Webber and Joanna Webber Ambassador of Brazil Ribem Correa Barbosa and in front Rizsa Albarracin

    Alha Alzahrani, Emeritus Professor Rolf Zinkernagel, Chair Foundation Board Cam Webber and Joanna Webber Ambassador of Brazil Ribem Correa Barbosa and in front Rizsa Albarracin

  • Chancellor ANU Gareth Evans

    Chancellor ANU Gareth Evans

  • Vice Chancellor ANU Ian Young

    Vice Chancellor ANU Ian Young

  • Emeritus Professor Rolf Zinkernagel

    Emeritus Professor Rolf Zinkernagel

  • Emeritus Professor Rolf Zinkernagel

    Emeritus Professor Rolf Zinkernagel

  • Emeritus Professor Rolf Zinkernagel with Ken Begg

    Emeritus Professor Rolf Zinkernagel with Ken Begg

  • Emeritus Professor Rolf Zinkernagel with Ken Begg

    Emeritus Professor Rolf Zinkernagel with Ken Begg

  • Team LUTON......

    Team LUTON......

  • Craig and Theresa Orme with Lynne and Tony Tonks

    Craig and Theresa Orme with Lynne and Tony Tonks

  • Diana Lipscombe ans Lesma Wood

    Diana Lipscombe ans Lesma Wood

  • Emeritus Professor Rolf Zinkernagel and Margaret Saboisky

    Emeritus Professor Rolf Zinkernagel and Margaret Saboisky

  • David Pyne, Peggy Horn, Naroa Etxebarria and Maree Gleeson

    David Pyne, Peggy Horn, Naroa Etxebarria and Maree Gleeson

  • Madeline Nicol, Karen Gair, Steve Brown and Rizsa Albarracin

    Madeline Nicol, Karen Gair, Steve Brown and Rizsa Albarracin

  • Narci Teoh, Farzaneh Kordbacheh, Lucy Coupland, Bharma and Chris Parish, Anna Bezos and Ben Quah

    Narci Teoh, Farzaneh Kordbacheh, Lucy Coupland, Bharma and Chris Parish, Anna Bezos and Ben Quah

  • Jonathan and Margaret Doyle with Rodney and Michelle Black and Melvyn Placks

    Jonathan and Margaret Doyle with Rodney and Michelle Black and Melvyn Placks

  • Jamie Morabito, Benjamin Burt and Shane Brookman

    Jamie Morabito, Benjamin Burt and Shane Brookman

  • Gina Jeffrey and Kate Hannan

    Gina Jeffrey and Kate Hannan

  • Peter Jeffrey and Toss Hannan

    Peter Jeffrey and Toss Hannan

  • Phil Greenwood, Rhonda Robinson and Jeff Harmer

    Phil Greenwood, Rhonda Robinson and Jeff Harmer

  • Peter and Maureen French

    Peter and Maureen French

  • Brian and Ginny Acworth with David Kenyon

    Brian and Ginny Acworth with David Kenyon

  • Philip and Marylyn Board

    Philip and Marylyn Board

John Curtin Medical Research Foundation Dinner

23 November 2015

I have a great respect for the John Curtin School of Medical Research, and always hope a modicum of its brilliance will brush off onto me as my scientific abilities are stuck in the past and my knowledge a grab bag of the times I’ve sat through lectures, presentations and awards for the alumni, and tried to converse intelligently at so many social occasions. They’re a patient bunch and as a patient recipient of much of the advances in today’s wonderful world of new medicines I am happiest when I hear of funding....lots of funding preferably, for their research.

To this end the third annual John Curtin Medical Research Foundation Dinner at the National Portrait Gallery was a platform for one of the six Nobel Laureates from ANU – the most of any Australian University - to be guest speaker and accept the accolades of his peers and maybe be a little controversial. It was a findraising opportunity too with a silent auction of an eclectix mix of goodies, a raffle and a live auction conducted by Foundation supporter Richard Luton. 

Emeritus Professor Tolf Zinkernagel of Switzerland, with a big part of his heart in Canberra, was interviewed by Ken Begg – it was a conversation really – Zinkernagel was thoughtful, provocative and engaging.

What did I ask him about when an opportunity arose; immune systems gone haywire or vaccinations, because that’s his area of expertise? No, Voices in the Forest held on the previous Saturday in the National Arboretum where with Cam Webber and his wife Joanna he joined the crowd slowly chilling down as the sun set and the stars came out for a comprehensive program of magic music under those stars. And thereby hangs a tale of the young Zinkernagel joining the JCSMR and annoying the then director with his warbling of Mozart arias. Finding a new room for the warbler sent him to work fortuitously as it turns out with Peter Doherty who was not averse to a little opera himself.
The rest is history as they say, as these two men jointly received the ‘Nobel Prize in Medicine of Physiology’ for their work in the 70’s that identified a fundamental control centre of the immune system.

The John Curtin Medical Research Foundation is vital for the success and continued financing of world’s best practice research at the school and who knows when and where another discovery will be realized and another Nobel Laureate emerges.