On Friday 14 December 2018, The Baird Institute celebrated the support of our donors with an afternoon tea and a tour of the Hybrid Theatre, the state-of-the-art research facility at the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC) in Sydney University.  Along with many of our valued supporters, we had two very special guests in attendance; the previous patron of The Baird Institute, Professor The Hon Dame Marie Bashir and our new patron, The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG.

Professor Paul Bannon gave an update to all those present and thanked our donors for their continuing trust and support;

“At this point in 2018, we are at a really crucial point in planning for the future. The Hybrid Theatre in the CPC in the University of Sydney represents exactly what Doug Baird engineered in 1986 with his focus on the highest levels of care, education and research. The landscape today is different from the way it was 30 years ago, as are the challenges.  The patients are 10 years older, coronary surgery has been replaced by high-risk multi-faceted issues, we now have a major aortic program fundamentally underpinned by research in genetics and advised by multidisciplinary teams, we have structural heart programs, which look at better ways to implant valves with less risk and less morbidity, we have minimally invasive robotic procedures and we are now starting to talk about artificial intelligence.  Much of this work is made possible with funds provided by The Baird Institute and as such we are very thankful to our generous supporters for assisting us to fund this important work”