Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research as the oldest research institute in Australia

July 9th, 2015 received info that Australia Post is going to release a special stamp to celebrate the centenary of Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. The issue was put into circulation on the 30th of June.

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research is Australia's oldest medical research institute and is this year celebrating 100 years of discoveries for humanity.

From its beginnings at the former Melbourne Hospital on Lonsdale Street, the institute has become an icon of Australian medical research. Scientific leaders including Nobel laureate Sir Macfarlane Burnet, Sir Gustav Nossal and Professor Donald Metcalf have contributed to its reputation as a place that embodies excellence in medical research.

The institute is a charity that focuses on understanding, preventing and treating cancers, immune disorders and infectious diseases. Institute researchers have made contributions that include developing snake antivenoms, pioneering the method for growing flu vaccines, and treating autoimmune diseases with drugs that suppress the body's immune system.

The institute's most significant achievement to date has been the discovery of blood hormones that boost infection-fighting white blood cell numbers after chemotherapy. This discovery has benefitted more than 20 million cancer patients.

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