The Foundation was formed by the Lions Club of Elwood and was a project of District 201V1.
The first trustees in 1980 were Lion Ian Collis (Elwood), Past District Governor Neil Armstrong, Lions Henry Bell, David Hatfield, Piloo Rustromjee, and Roger Newton. Elwood had two trustees up until about 2000.
Lion Terry Collison joined the Trustees in the early 90s, was Vice Chairman and took over from Neil as Chairman in the middle 90s until 2000.
Main fundraising in the beginning was donations from Clubs in District 201V1. From 1994 to 1997, the Foundation was the main beneficiary for the "Gown of the Year” (run by the fashion industry).
The Foundation funded research at the Monash Medical Centre from the beginning and was funding at $10,000 per year ($2500 each quarter) from interest earned. Current donations are about $5000 per half year.
Various name changes have occurred during recent years with the current name being adopted at conventions in Victoria in 2018
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The Lions Rheumatism and Arthritis Medical Research Foundation Australia was established by the Lions Clubs of Elwood to support the development of Rheumatism and Arthritis Research for the benefit of the population within the five Lions Club Districts encompassing Victoria and Southern New South Wales.
Monash University Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Clinical Science at Monash Health
2023 Report Past donations from the Lions Club funded the purchase of significant laboratory equipment that remains in regular use. More recently, funding from the Lions Rheumatism and Arthritis Medical Research Foundation Australia supported two PhD students, Iolanda Miceli and Katie Treasure, have been working hard on their projects to understand basic mechanisms of inflammation so that we can devise better treatments in the future. Iolanda is a medical student who has taken a break from her medical studies to complete a full-time research PhD; she will graduate as ‘MD PhD’, joining the ranks of doctors trained as both clinicians and researchers. Iolanda presented her work recently at the Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA) 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting in Hobart where she was invited to speak in the prestigious New Investigator session. She was also the recipient of a travel award to attend the Cytokines 2023 International Conference in Athens, Greece later this year …more
2022 Report Report on research activities facilitated by Lions Club donations. The Rheumatology research team at Monash are once again extremely grateful for the ongoing support of the Lions Club. Rheumatic diseases of all types continue to cause suffering and loss of quality of life in Australians and we remain dedicated to the goal of using science to improve these outcomes
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2021 Report Past donations from the Lions Club have funded the purchase of a Tecan Infinite M1000 PRO multifunction plate reader and a Tecan HydoFlex plate washer, both of which are used for multiple different experimental assays within the lab, daily. This equipment has contributed to multiple projects within the lab, as well as being used by other members of the School. …..more
2020 Report The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed our world dramatically. As Australia’s largest university, where communities gather for education, research, business, recreation and entertainment, we are, of course, not excluded from the impacts of this global health emergency. But we are also well prepared to respond to this situation. …more
2019 Report Monash continues to lead an array of important scientific and clinical research programs in Rheumatoid Arthritis and related diseases such as lupus. These diseases affect more than 2% of Australians, regardless of age, gender, and ethnicity, and pose a huge burden …more
2018 Report Donations from the Lions Club have funded the purchase of a Tecan HydoFlex plate washer. This equipment allows us to automate washing of tissue culture plates for a wide variety of applications, including many currently performed using the Tecan Infinite M1000 PRO multifunction plate reader …more
2017 Report It is our hope that future donations from the Lions Club will go toward the purchase of a new laminar flow hood (also known as a biosafety cabinet). This is a standard piece of tissue culture lab equipment that allows us to work with biological material in a sterile environment – essential for all of our daily activities …more
2016 Report Donations from the Lions Club funded the purchase of a Tecan Infinite M1000 PRO multifunction plate reader. This high-end piece of equipment allows us to analyse colour reactions, fluorescence and luminescence, which are common end-points for a wide range of assays conducted in the lab …more
2015 Report The Department of Rheumatology at Monash Medical Centre and its associated Research activities in the Centre for Inflammatory Diseases Monash University benefit greatly from the input of the Lions donations to rheumatology research …more
2014 Report The Department of Rheumatology at Monash Medical Centre and its associated Research activities in the Centre for Inflammatory Diseases Monash University benefit greatly from the input of the Lions donations to rheumatology research. The Department is excited to be receiving, in 2014, a donation in support of much needed and highly valuable research equipment, that we believe will greatly accelerate our work towards developing new treatments for arthritis and other rheumatic diseases ….more
The primary role of the Foundation is to create a Capital Fund to support research programmes through liaison with Lions Clubs, Charitable Trusts and Corporations.
The latest donation from Lions Clubs of $78000.00 plus funds from Monash was made to purchase a Tecan Microplate Reader.