ANZAN Education And Research Foundation

Background

The ANZAN Education and Research Foundation was established by the ANZAN in 2001 in order that it could raise funds and receive bequests for research into specific neurological diseases.  Almost all neurologists in Australia belong to the ANZAN and many are deeply involved in such research as well as the management of neurological illnesses.  With this resource and the network of affiliated and associated research interest groups such as the Epilepsy Society of Australasia, the National Stroke Foundation and Multiple Sclerosis Australia, to mention a few, the ANZAN is advantageously placed to be able to foster research amongst its members and trainees and to direct research monies to areas of need. 

Method of Operation

The ANZAN Education and Research Foundation is managed by a Committee of Management which comprises the current Council of the ANZAN including the President.  There are two principal subcommittees; (1) The Scientific Advisory Committee which receives and reviews applications for research projects (see below), and (2) The Development Committee which is responsible for raising funds.

The Scientific Advisory Committee operates in line with the NH&MRC grant system.  Broadly when general or specific research monies are available these are advertised throughout Australia particularly in the scientific and research institutions as well as amongst the ANZAN membership.  Project applications are then sent to external referees and graded and reports and approvals are sought from the responsible institutional ethics committees.  The Scientific Advisory Committee then selects the projects to be funded and informs the applicants of their decision.  Grants are administered in the same way as those awarded by the NH&MRC including the level of remuneration for the research workers.  Financial reports are required from the administering research institution which oversees the expenditure of the grants.  Publications in scientific journals and presentations at scientific meetings are required to acknowledge the Research Foundation as the source of the funding and at the termination of the grant final reports are required to be submitted.

Methods of Fundraising

Funds are raised from the following sources:

  1. ANZAN members
  2. ANZAN sponsors
  3. Specific fundraising activities
  4. Bequests
  5. general
  6. specific, eg. for diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, peripheral nerve disease, myaesthenia gravis, etc

Generally endowments and bequests for specific research projects will need to fund a research person for a minimum of one year which with on-costs and materials will be at least $50,000 per annum.  Generally the opportunity for smaller amounts to be specifically targeted or tied are limited to small projects which can be completed within a short time frame or seeding grants, and are probably better placed as a general bequest. 

Conclusion

The ANZAN Education and Research Foundation is an important focal point for research into neurological illness.  Not only are its members dealing first hand with the illnesses clinically, many are actively engaged in their study.  The research funded by the ANZAN Education and Research Foundation will complement that already funded by other agencies but will also facilitate the targeting of specific research activities through tied and general bequests.

Australian Association of Neurologists Education and Research Foundation
Australian Association of Neurologists
145 Macquarie Street
SYDNEY  NSW  2000
Tel: 02 9256 5443
Fax: 02 9241 4083
Email: anzan@anzan.org.au