West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook Lions responds to the urgent request of Westmead Children’s Cancer Research Unit to replace their Orbital Shaker Incubators
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West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook Lions Club and The NSW Lions Public Health Foundation has responded to an urgent request by the Westmead Children’s Cancer Research Unit to replace their Orbital Shaker Incubators. Their old machines simply wore out and without the replacements important cancer research projects would have to be postponed.
The new Orbital Incubators are used by researchers to isolate and grow specific genes thought to be involved in causing cancer. The machines grow different genes in bacterial cells, which each carry unique genes that are placed in them. Bacteria are grown in the incubators and when researchers have a container full they isolate the gene of interest from the bacteria , which allows them to essentially make unlimited quantities of specific genes to study how they are expressed in cancers.
The Club’s President, Mr. Alan Penney, presented a cheque for $12,590 to the Research Unit’s Head, Assoc Professor Jennifer Bryne. He said that the Lions Club continues to be a major donor to the Cancer Unit’s work, having donated over $63,000 in recent years to assist the survival rate of young children patients. President Penney added that, as the equipment did not qualify for government funding, the Westmead Research Unit is reliant on community volunteer organizations like Lions International to provide vital equipment for ongoing research. He urged other community groups to follow his Club’s example and help support Children’s cancer research.
During the presentation ceremony, Assoc Prof, Dr. Jennifer Byrne, on behalf of the Unit, thanked the Lions for their hard work in raising the funds from the community. She said that the unit’s scientific team appreciated our donation to assist furthering their work and improving patient treatment outcomes.