Funds flow to fellowship for rare disorder research

Sydney, 01 March 2014

The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) recently launched the MCRI / Royal Children’s Hospital of Melbourne Neurogenetics Research Fellowship in memory of Flora Suttie, the daughter of Macquarie Sydney staff member Ben Suttie.

In partnership with the Thyne-Reid Foundation and the Macquarie Group Foundation, the Fellowship is a three-year position created to train a geneticist or neurologist in the clinical and research aspects of genetic disorders of the nervous system. Dr Chloe Stutterd is the fellowship recipient and will be supported through the clinical sciences and genetic disorders divisions of MCRI and the RCH Department of Neurology.

Ben Suttie raised more than A$100,000 for the MCRI while working in Macquarie’s Hong Kong office in 2011 and was awarded a highly commended fundraiser award in Macquarie’s staff in the community awards. Upon returning to Sydney, Ben and his wife Emma have continued to fundraise for research into rare genetic children’s disorders as a tribute to Flora’s death in June 2006 at two and half years old from Miller-Dieker Syndrome, a rare genetic brain disease.

Director of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Professor Kathryn North said the significant funds raised have enabled the Fellowship’s creation, which will result in Dr Stutterd being fully equipped to manage children with genetic diseases of the nervous system, as well as foster cutting-edge research and education in the field.


Image caption: Macquarie Melbourne staff member and MCRI champion Suwanee Dharmalingam, Neurogenetics Fellow Dr Chloe Stutterd, and MCRI fundraisers Ben and Emma Suttie.