University of Wollongong: Molecular Horizons receives funding from Michael Tynan Challenge

The University of Wollongong’s (UOW) world-class medical research facility Molecular Horizons accepted a donation of $35,759 on Friday 11 March 2022.

Molecular Horizons and Tynan Motors’ Michael Tynan Challenge share a close partnership since 2017 and donations received from the Challenge are used to promote medical research in the Illawarra and support students in their academic careers.

This year, the funds will be used to support the work that Molecular Horizons does in molecular research, antimicrobial resistance and cancer research and drug development.

Through UOW’s 2022 Michael Tynan Honours Scholarship, outstanding honours students will receive $2,000 and their primary research supervisor will receive $4,000 to support the student’s project costs.

Tynan Motors Director Ms Madeline Tynan said: “2021 was an extremely difficult year for everyone, but we’re very thankful to those who were still able to support the Michael Tynan Challenge and help us raise almost $149,000 among uncertainties created by COVID-19.

“If the last two years have taught us anything, it’s that medical research is vital and that is why we continue to do what we do.

“I extend an invitation to everyone and ask that you join us for our 7th year of the Michael Tynan Challenge to help raise more funds for the amazing research done here at the University. We journey today for a better tomorrow.”

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health Professor Eileen McLaughlin said: “We are delighted to celebrate our partnership with Ms Madeline Tynan and Tynan Motors, which is in its 4th year.”

“The donations from Michael Tynan Challenge are making an enormous impact on the lives of people through medical research.

“The University is dedicated to addressing global health challenges and reducing healthcare costs and developing revolutionary health solutions remains our core objective.

“We look forward to maintaining strong ties with the Tynan family as our vision of supporting and improving the health and wellbeing of our local communities remains alike.”

Molecular Horizons Director Distinguished Professor Antoine van Oijen thanked Ms Tynan for supporting medical research in the Illawarra and providing meaningful opportunities to outstanding students through scholarships.

“I am grateful to Ms Tynan for her philanthropic efforts and giving back to the community,” Professor van Oijen said.

“I am delighted to be part of the Michael Tynan Challenge, a great cause which has been improving the lives of people in local communities for many years.

“The funding will also support our exceptional students in their research work which is important as the world faces significant global health challenges.”

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