Thili Chengodu leads the research program at the E.J. Whitten Prostate Cancer Research Centre at Epworth and is thrilled to be in the new space.

“It is very open, airy, and has lots of sun. It creates a very welcoming environment for us to work in,” Thili says.

The donor-funded hub is home to teams investigating endometriosis, cancer and mental health, and the Epworth research governance unit. It allows researchers across disciplines to meet and learn from each other, ultimately growing the quality of research at Epworth.

“There’s a lot of collaboration that is possible,” Thili says.

“Any of our new, early-career researchers, like our registrars who are doing their PhDs or masters, can come to one hub.”

Global connections, from Richmond

When you’re working on world-class research, you need the ability to collaborate across the globe.

At the new Miri and Moshe Meydan Research Hub, “the technology is amazing,” Thili says. “We can conduct meetings across Australia and internationally for conferences and not worry about dropping out.”

Thili also meets with rural and regional patients over telehealth, giving them access to clinical trials beyond their community.

The E.J. Whitten Prostate Cancer Research Centre at Epworth is investigating several studies, including whether a PSMA PET CT scan can track the spread of prostate cancer more effectively than traditional MRI scans.

Thank you to Miri and Moshe Meydan

It is through the generous support of Miri and Moshe Meydan that Epworth can open this important research hub. We are proud to reflect their contribution in the naming of the facility, and admire their amazing philanthropic spirit.

Moshe was recently recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community through charitable organisations.

Moshe and Miri’s desire to support Epworth grew from gratitude. Their son Yaniv received emergency, life-saving care here, and the hospital teams have cared for many other family members too.

“We thank the team at Epworth hospital for playing an integral part in the health of our family. As such we whole heartedly support you by assisting in your endeavours to provide continued excellence in patient care to other families most in need.”

For Epworth researchers, knowing they have this support drives them even more, to seek new and better ways to treat and care for our patients – thank you.