MJD Foundation


Rowan Nicks Russell Drysdale Fellowship awarded to Assoc Prof John MacMillan

John Mac and Marie Bashir

On 10th May 2013, Associate Professor John MacMillan accepted the prestigeous Rowan Nicks Russell Drysdale Fellowship to fund his travel for 12 months to Arnhem Land.  This travel will enable Assoc. Prof MacMillan to continue his important work in providing Machado Joseph Disease genetic education to health professionals, communities and Indigenous Australian families affected by the disease.

In accepting his Fellowship, Assoc Prof John MacMillan said "Working with the MJD Foundation and with local community support and advice, we have been able to develop culturally appropriate and community specific tools to educate people about genetic inheritance and genetic disease causation. We have provided local health providers in these communities with the tools to understand the disease and explain it to patients and their families".

John Mac with the MJDF team

Assoc. Prof. John MacMillan will visit remote communities in NE Arnhem Land and Central Australia over the coming months.

Top - Assoc Prof John MacMillan, NSW Governor Marie Bashir, MJDF Exec Officer Nadia Lindop
Below - Dr Angela Laird (MJD Researcher), Nadia Lindop, Assoc Prof John MacMillan, Prof Garth Nicholson (Neurogeneticist and MJDF Patron), Sarah MacMillan.