Our Major Donors

The National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation’s activities are supported via the generous gifts from our benefactors. The Foundation is grateful for the vision, foresight and support received from these individuals and families. It is only with the support of these kind donors that we are able to continue achieving our mission.

The Stern Estate

Our work has been made possible as a result of The Stern Estate, from which a substantial sum was bequeathed, and was divided equally between Sydney Hospital and our Foundation.

The Mason Foundation (managed by Equity Trustees)

NFMRI wishes to acknowledge and thank The Mason Foundation (managed by Equity Trustees), with whom we are partnering to support biomedical research into Alzheimer’s disease.

The Judith Jane Mason & Harold Stannett Williams Memorial Foundation was established as a result of a generous donation in 2003 from Judith Jane Mason (nee Williams). The Foundation is named in honour of the benefactor and her father, Harold Stannett Williams, who was born in the last years of the 19th Century. His daughter describes him as “a most intelligent, wonderful and charitable man”. The memory of his personal generosity is enhanced through this Foundation, benefiting others in perpetuity.

The goal of The Mason Foundation is to achieve enduring, positive impact in the areas of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease through funding medical research principally into the causes, prevention and/or management of these diseases.

Cure4 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Cure4CF)

In 2018 the Cure4 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (C4CF) made a strategic decision to partner with the National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation (NFMRI) to manage and administer grants on their behalf with the first call for expressions of interest commencing in 2019.

The partnership will provide at least $750K to advance medical innovations in the area of cystic fibrosis over the next three years and will be named the Cure4 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Barbara Stow-Smith CF Innovation Grant‘, in honour of the Foundation’s first bequest.

Utilising NFMRI’s successful strategy, and unique capability and capacity the partnership will fund research that seeks to develop therapies or cures that will result in an increase in average life expectancy of people with cystic fibrosis with consideration given to quality of life.


NFMRI acknowledges and thanks our late donors who so generously established a fund with NFMRI, including:

  • Cynthia & Patricia Gaden Fund
  • Josephine White and Hiltbrunner Fund
  • Tempe Mann Fund
  • Bill and Shirley Westbrook Fund
  • Adelaide Mary Hogan (Pain) Fund

NFMRI also acknowledges and thanks our late donors who generously contributed to our General Research Fund:

  • NSW Community Foundation
  • NSW Community Foundation – Nicholas and Phyllis Pinter Trust
  • Estate Late Daqmar Wilhemine Halas
  • Estate Late Gloria Ida Prejeant
  • Estate Late Blanche Elizabeth Turner
  • Estate Late Beatrice Gordon Joske
  • Estate Late Mary Althouse
  • Estate Late James Hoadley
  • Estate Late James Trevenen Ross
  • Estate Late Lily Woodley
  • Estate Late Dorothy May Manning

Past Directors

The National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation has a long, rich history, having been established in 1977 on the initiative of the late Dr Frank Ritchie, who had a number of patients wishing to donate to medical research and for the capital to be preserved in perpetuity. Over the course of the years, we have been graced by the vision, foresight and commitment to the Foundation from our past Directors who have served on our Board, including:

Sir Peter Abeles Founding Chairman 1979-1982
Mr JP Ducker AO 1979-1983
Lady Sonia McMahon 1979-1982
Dr FL Ritchie C.B.E. 1977-1982
Dr HH Spiegel 1979-1982
Dr J Raftos AM 1982-2007
Mr TL Lewis 1984-1990
Sir William W Pettingell 1984-1985
Mr RH Minter Former Chairman 1987-1999
Prof AJ Young AO 2000-2003
Mr ED Cameron 1979-1983
Mr MJ Inglis 1979-1983
Mr TE May Former Chairman 1979-1990
Mr BF Rose 1977-1995
Sir Ian Turbott C.M.G, C.V.O. 1979-1982
Sir Gordon Jackson 1984-1990
Mr JW MacBean 1984-1987
Mrs SE Ball 1987-1999
Mr PM Bowen 1995-2011
Dr V Cowlishaw Shortell 1987-2017
Dr J Graham OAM 2002-2017
Ms J Schwager AO 2006-2017
A/Prof R Garrick AM 2002-2018
Dr Ashley Bates 2014-2019
Mr Keith Drewery 2010-2019

Our supporters

Supporters of NFMRI help us to fulfill our purpose. Our purpose is to advance innovations medical research across a multitude of diseases and conditions that have a significant impact on the health of humans. We do this by supporting key, targeted research components that are normally not supported by others. Our support not only enables instrumental collaborations to be formed, but it also helps advance the innovation towards and across the ‘valley of death’. There are many ways your organisation and its people can get involved.  Please see our supporters’ page to learn more.