The Brazil Family Foundation’s game-changing $5 million donation is set to bolster Australian research into stroke recovery and motor neurone disease.

The Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at the University of Queensland will establish a new clinical arm thanks to a major philanthropic gift from the Brazil Family Foundation.

The $5 million donation will support clinical collaborations in both stroke and motor neurone disease research and help QBI attract an internationally renowned stroke expert, Professor Michael O’Sullivan, previously of King’s College, London, to drive the organisation’s stroke efforts.

Stroke is Australia’s third-leading cause of death, affecting 50,000 new people each year.

According to UQ Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Hoj, the Brazil Family Foundation’s gift will transform the way researchers work with patients and doctors.

“Introducing a clinical arm to QBI enables clinicians and researchers to work side-by-side with patients to better understand and cure disease,” Hoj says.

The Brazil family, based in Brookstead near Toowoomba in regional Queensland, have been committed supporters of research into neurological disease, previously providing a $5 million gift to Wesley Medical Research in 2015.

Lyn Brazil was one of the original investors in Wotif and wife Bobbie Brazil, AO was previously Chancellor of the University of Southern Queensland. Their daughter, Victoria, is a graduate of the University of Queensland and is now Professor of Medicine at Bond University where she is a senior staff specialist in Emergency Medicine at Gold Coast University Hospital.

 

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