An historian who chronicled one of Brisbane’s most intriguing families in the award-winning non-fiction book The Mayne Inheritance is changing the course of history for families affected by genetic kidney disease.
In 2006, Brisbane author and UQ alumna Dr Rosamond Siemon turned her focus from the past to the future by supporting kidney research at IMB through a generous endowment and scholarship, which has supported several of IMB's rising research stars for more than a decade.
Through her gift, Dr Siemon hopes to create change by advancing research into polycystic kidney disease - an inherited condition that affects between 1 in 400 and 1 in 1000 Australians and for which there is currently no cure.
Sadly, Dr Siemon’s son-in-law had the disease, which made him dialysis-dependent for most of his adult life and caused his premature death.
“He suffered for twenty years before his death. I don't want my descendants, or anyone else, to suffer like that, so I thought I would do what I could to find a solution," Dr Siemon said.
“I could not look my grandchildren or great grandchildren in the eye if I did not do something, and that is why I’ve established this scholarship and endowment.
“I have had a wonderful life and being able to give something back in my lifetime is very important to me.”
Dr Siemon’s generous support has allowed UQ researchers to make important advances in the field of kidney research, which will potentially benefit generations of families affected by polycystic kidney disease.
“We will never find answers without research,” she said.
The Dr Rosamond Siemon Postgraduate Renal Research Scholarship has supported world-first research at IMB, including growing the world’s first mini-kidney in a dish here at IMB—a major breakthrough for understanding and treating kidney disease.
Read more about how you can give an endowment to support IMB's life-changing research.
Pictured above: Dr Ros Siemon (left) with scholarship recipient Barbara Maier