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An extraordinary legacy keeps on giving

Burnet Institute

11 October, 2013

Jim and Margaret Beever’s nephew, Steven Beever, presenting the inaugural Fellowship to Dr Emma McBryde.

For much of his life Jim Beever was a committed supporter of Burnet Institute.

In a loving tribute to his wife, Mr Beever generously left an extraordinary legacy to Burnet – a gift in his Will.

Through his bequest, the Jim and Margaret Beever Fellowship was established at Burnet Institute. The Fellowship will be awarded in perpetuity to outstanding early career researchers at the Institute and will help retain and develop the talents of our most brilliant young scientists.

Burnet’s Head of Modelling and Biostatistics, Dr Emma McBryde was awarded the inaugural fellowship.

Her work focuses on hepatitis C transmission in social networks of injecting drug users who share venues for transmission.

Dr McBryde is also involved with epidemiology work on tuberculosis (TB) in the Asia-Pacific region, and has recently undertaken research into the incidence of multi-drug resistant TB in PNG’s Western Province.

The award has created an extraordinary opportunity for Dr McBryde.

“This award has allowed me to focus my research on hepatitis C. I am collaborating with international researchers to tackle hepatitis in countries with higher incidence and lower resources. By understanding disease transmission we can maximise the impact of treatment,” she said.

Mr Beever’s family visited Burnet Institute to meet Dr McBryde and formally present her with the inaugural Jim and Margaret Beever Fellowship. They also unveiled a commemorative plaque to Mr and Mrs Beever, and their extraordinary legacy to Australian medical science at the Institute.

Just like Mr Beever, you too can leave a lasting legacy to medical research and public health by including a gift to Burnet in your Will. For further information please call our Planned Giving Manager, Merrilyn Julian, for a confidential discussion.

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