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Published October 19th 2015
Wouldn't it be "grate" to visit SAHMRI?
South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
How many times have you driven past this eye-catching building affectionately known as the "cheese grater" and wondered what it would be like inside, and more importantly what goes on once you step through the doors?
Well, wonder no more as you can book to go on a tour of the site which should satisfy your curiosity.
It was flagged back in 2008 by a "Review of Health and Medical Research in South Australia" compiled by Professor John Shine and Mr Alan Young AM as a recommendation that a flagship research institute for South Australia be established.
Both the State Government and the Federal Government committed to the major project and in December 2009, SAHMRI was incorporated as the state's first independent health and medical research institute.
200 million dollars was allocated by the Federal Government to build the facility which incorporates state-of-the-art equipment and technology as well as high level skill sets by staff.
Upon entering the building, the first thing you notice is the high amount of natural light penetrating into atriums through the 6,300 triangular glass prisms cladding the building.
Most of the work areas are all open plan which encourages and fosters communication between the 600 or so researchers who inhabit the congenial and modern spaces.
The research carried out is divided into 6 main areas, namely Aboriginal Health, Cancer, Healthy Mothers, Babies & Children, Heart Health, Infection & Immunity, Mind & Brain as well as Nutrition & Metabolism.
Each one of these areas are seen as being the most important for human development and well-being and all research is subject to funding, and of course the amount of funding will determine how much research can be carried out.
As you can imagine, millions of dollars of funding are poured into the attempt to make breakthroughs in medical science e.g. cures for cancers etc. so there are ways in which the public can assist so that this crucial work can continue.
Apart from general donations through the website, there are options of funeral tributes, with donations in lieu of flowers to go to SAHMRI, or perhaps special occasion tributes in lieu of gifts at Christmas to this vital institution.
Bequests can also be left as part of estates, so as to continue the great work already being carried out at SAHMRI.
SAHMRI also have a Windows Campaign, which allows anyone to "buy a window pane" in memory of a loved one, or it can even be an existing family member or friend.
If you haven't already taken the opportunity to visit SAHMRI, would highly recommend you do so.
Like me, you'll be gob-smacked by not just the building itself but what wonderful work is being done within its walls.
So as part of your weekend activities around Adelaide, make it a longer weekend by taking the Friday off as well as experiencing a tour through the complex.
As South Australians, we can be proud of what is being achieved already at SAHMRI, and it is important that we shout from the rooftops and tell as many people as we can about the future potential of medical research.