Prince Henry wing opens

The new $3 million ‘Prince Henry Wing’ was officially opened by the NSW Minister for Science and Medical Research, Jodi McKay.

Focusing on studies of dementia, falls in the elderly, spinal injury, schizophrenia and motor neurone disease, the Prince Henry Wing will accommodate some of the world’s leading clinical researchers conducting studies into major brain disorders that afflict more than three million Australians each year.

Neuroscience Research Australia’s Executive Director, Prof Peter Schofield, said the new wing was named in recognition of the Prince Henry Hospital Centenary Research Fund’s support for medical research, and the historical importance of the Prince Henry Hospital in the establishment of NeuRA.

“Medical research has always relied on philanthropic support and, in the current environment, many organisations are under real financial pressure,” Prof Schofield said.

Since NeuRA’s inception, it has been the recipient of significant grants from the Fund’s trustees. In 2008, NeuRA received its largest-ever gift of $1 million to assist with the expansion of its facilities.

“The generosity and foresight of the Fund to continue to support NeuRA through its $1 million donation has helped make this new wing a reality,” said Prof Schofield.

The Fund was established in 1981 to mark the now-closed Prince Henry Hospital’s centenary. The Fund provides financial support to a range of projects.

The Fund’s trustees, Capt Mick Costelloe AM (Chairman), John Walton AM, Pat Williams and The Hon Bryan Vaughan, joined special guests and scientists to celebrate the naming of the new wing.

“The Prince Henry Wing, which is also supported by a grant from the Australian Government, is strategically critical to our work. We urgently need the space that the new wing will provide to manage our growth and needs for our current research projects,” said Prof Schofield.