Supporters thanked at NRF Government House Reception

Monday 05 February 2024

NRF supporters acknowledged for service at Reception at Government House Adelaide

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A group of dedicated supporters of the NeuroSurgical Research Foundation (NRF) were thanked for their service by Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia, and Mr Rod Bunten, at a Reception held at Government House Adelaide on Wednesday 7th February 2024.

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This reception acknowledged the outstanding contributions of a number of personal, community and corporate benefactors who have contributed to the success of the Foundation in 2023 the NRF 60th Celebration year. NRF President Dr Nick Vrodos congratulated the award recipients and corporate sponsors and thanked them for their support.

“Your donations, fundraising and support ensure that advances in neurosurgical research, knowledge and clinical techniques will continue to save lives and improve quality of life,” he said.

The NRF is proud of its approach of providing innovative and new research with seed funding to start new research. The results of these projects enable researchers to apply for more significant funding from the Commonwealth Government, such as the National Health and Medical Research Council funding.

In the past 5 years, $700K of seed funding provided by the NRF has enabled our researchers to attract $32 million in further research funding to South Australia. This is 45-fold return for every NRF dollar of seed funding - an outstanding result.

“Thank you to every one of our donors and fundraisers – we could not achieve this incredible result without you.”

2023, our 60th year, has been our most successful ever, enabling the NRF through your donations to distribute $1,378,531 to 34 different research grants. You will read about these in detail in our newsletter, on our website and on our social media.

  • Brain Tumour - 1000 people a year are diagnosed with Glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer – which has an average survival period of 15 months.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury - TBI is the leading cause of disability and death worldwide, with as many as 60 million people suffering from a brain injury or brain damage each year.
  • Spinal Cord Injury - leaves patients disabled and dependent for basic daily activities and there are currently no effective treatments available for SCI.
  • Stroke - 1 in 4 people will suffer a Stroke in their lifetime.
  • Parkinson’s - In Australia 1 in every 350 Australians suffers from Parkinson’s, with 32 new cases diagnosed each day.

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(missing Fred Caruso)

The full list of award recipients is below:

Star of the Foundation - $1,000,000+ James & Diana Ramsay Foundation
Friend of the Foundation - Platinum $500,000+ John Crowley Scholarship
Friend of the Foundation – Diamond $250,000+ Strong Enough to Live
Friend of the Foundation – Diamond $250,000+ Wilkins Family Foundation
Major Benefactor - Silver Donations $50,000+ Fred Caruso (pictured below)
Major Benefactor - Silver Donations $50,000+ Marina & Fred Pascale
Major Benefactor - Silver Donations $50,000+ Patrick of Coonawarra
Major Benefactor - Bronze Donations $25,000+ Peter & Roslyn Griffiths
Major Benefactor - Bronze Fundraising $25,000+ Running for Richard
Major Benefactor - Bronze Fundraising $25,000+ Brave for Dave
Benefactor - Fundraising $10,000+ Tyler Fuller
Benefactor - Fundraising $10,000+ Tony Tony Tony
Life Membership - Glenn McCulloch
Prof Donald Simpson AO 10 years Service Award - Anthony Johnson

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We would like to specifically thank all our Corporate Sponsors from our 60th year:

The University of Adelaide
Jones Radiology
Calvary Adelaide Hospital
The Memorial Hospital
Morgan Stanley
Radiology SA
Coopers Brewery
Patrick of Coonawarra

Executive Officer: Ginta Orchard Phone: 08 8371 0771 / 0419 844 511 / Email:

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