In 2016, the Foundation continued its giving by donating a total of $130,000 to three worthwhile organisations.
Australian Liver Foundation
ALF was established in response to the huge and growing need for more research into diseases of the liver and bile duct, particularly liver cancer, which is the second largest cause of death in the world.
This donation built on the 2015 donation of the same amount. The $100,000 total donation is driving the development of a novel blood test to improve the early diagnosis of liver cancer, measuring MicroRNAs in human blood which may likely be an ideal marker of liver cancer.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Association Australia
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a disorder of the fifth cranial (trigeminal) nerve that results in episodes of intense, stabbing, electric shock-like pain in the areas of the face where the branches of the nerve are distributed. An individual attack usually lasts between a few seconds and several minutes, but can remain ongoing with very short intervals between. Dubbed the ‘suicide disease’, it is considered to be the ‘world’s worst pain’.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Association Australia provides support and encouragement for TN sufferers, their families, friends and carers.
The 2016 donation of $30,000 was split between two organisations who are conducting ground-breaking research into the causes of and possible treatment and cures for trigeminal neuralgia.
Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation
AADRF is the research arm of Alzheimer’s Australia which funds Australia’s talented new and early career dementia research. The fund is focused on the causes, care, prevention and potential treatments for dementia. At the moment, dementia touches almost 1.5 million Australians, with 353,800 living with the condition.
The $50,000 grant will significantly contribute to the preclinical development of a specific peptide as a cognitive enhancer for dementia and help to rescue cognitive impairment.
Donations to the Cromwell Foundation of more than $2 are tax deductible. To donate or seek more information, visit www.cromwellfoundation.org.au.