Benefactors Cynthia Harvey and her husband Gary Vipond were welcomed this month at the Centre for Personalised Immunology (CPI) at The John Curtin School of Medical Research.
Visiting from Queensland, they met with Directors Professor Matthew Cook and Professor Carola Vinuesa and were given a tour of the school, enabling them to see first-hand how their contributions to The Alan Harvey Research Endowment had helped researchers.
The Endowment has raised over $100,000 for research into CVID (Common Variable Immune Deficiency). Some of the funds have been used to purchase a Neon Transfection system, a next generation electroporation device that is highly efficient at transfection of difficult-to-transfect cells. This system is needed to test the function of specific gene variants involved in immune disease. Funds will also support genome sequencing of immunodeficient patients, providing a foundation for further research on genes that cause CVID.