Dr Hugh Kunze reflects on “giving while living” in his own words

The great philanthropist Chuck Feeney famously believed in “giving while living.”

Like Mr Feeney, I too wanted to give back in a meaningful way in my lifetime, while also supporting my alma mater and honouring my dear wife in a way that reflected our life journey together.

So I made a gift to establish the Mai Lan Kunzy Scholarship. Through this fully funded Scholarship, I am providing life-changing opportunities for academically excellent Vietnamese students to undertake PhD’s in health and medical research at The University of Queensland.

My scholarship gift affords me the privilege of getting to know the talented and hard-working students, like Dr Dzung Ho. Dzung’s work focuses on developing evidence-based research to support improved mental health resources and care, especially for children in his home country of Vietnam. His vital research will not only improve the health outcomes of Vietnamese communities, but will also strengthen ties and research collaboration between Vietnam and Australia.

Dr Hugh Kunze with Dr Dzung Ho
Dr Hugh Kunze with Dr Dzung Ho

I believe education and research are two of the most powerful engines of positive social and economic change; supporting them by funding scholarships is deeply satisfying.

I experience much joy in knowing I have played a part in our wonderfully talented students’ success, and in shaping the health and future of our local and global community.

If you too would like to make difference, please visit the Philanthropy makes a difference page.

For further information on supporting student scholarships contact Lee Williams on 3365 5063 or email Lee.Williams@uq.edu.au.

Professor pays it forward to improve indigenous health

Professor Wendy HoyUQ’s Professor Wendy Hoy AO, who has dedicated her life to ensuring better health outcomes for remote and at-risk populations, donates a portion of her pay each fortnight to build a collaborative resource for researchers and policy makers.

Professor Hoy is a world-renowned researcher whose 25-year career has focused on the risk of kidney disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in disadvantaged or high-risk populations. Over the past year, she has been leading support for the creation of a resource that organisations, such as the Centre for Disease Control and National Institute of Health, can use to further Indigenous health research and make informed policy decisions.

“I am donating to UQ to build - with specific community consent – a repository of information, data, and biologic samples which have already been gathered, as a resource to other agencies working collaboratively to advance Aboriginal health and research,” said Professor Hoy. The information, data and biological samples, which comprise this tool, will be stored across various research institutes at the University of Queensland.

Professor Hoy said it was important to ensure Indigenous groups and leaders had ownership of Indigenous health initiatives and were provided with opportunities to contribute their knowledge to wider healthcare conversations. “Aboriginal groups have taken ownership and have assumed leadership roles; they are keen to contribute to global knowledge, not only of health issues, but of origins, migrations ancestry and customs,” she said.

Professor Hoy stressed the importance of preventative measures in addressing chronic disease. “My 25 years of research work into chronic diseases in Aboriginal people has convinced me of the benefit of early diagnosis and treatment. Prevention is also important as much of the risk is established very early in life,” said Professor Hoy. “While we have seen enormous advances in health services, outcomes and survival over the past 60-years, more progress can be made.”

To contribute to this initiative please visit the Chronic Disease research page.

Are you a UQ staff member? Consider making your own gift to further knowledge leadership for a better world.   

Professor Christopher Chen Chair of Reproductive Medicine

Professor Christopher Chen Chair of Reproductive MedicineUQ's global contributions to reproductive medicine will continue for generations to come thanks to a generous endowment from alumnus Professor Christopher Chen. Professor Chen, who received a Doctor of Medicine from UQ in 2009, is considered a pioneer of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) and human egg freezing, and is renowned for achieving the world’s first IVF triplet pregnancy. His $10.5 million gift supports the world’s first fully funded Chair of Reproductive Medicine, housed within the University’s Faculty Of Medicine.

After the announcement of his generous donation, Chen said, “My greatest hope is that the Chair will be able to expand upon the research I began over 30 years ago, and achieve medical advances that will benefit the University, academia and all mankind.”

Professor Chen is the past World President of the International College of Surgeons, Editor-in-Chief Singapore of International Surgery (the official journal of the International College of Surgeons), an Honorary Professor of The University of Queensland and a Conjoint Professor of the University of Newcastle. He heads the Christopher Chen Centre for Reproductive Medicine at Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore. Professor Chen’s donation cements his place in UQ’s philanthropic history and will position University of Queensland as a global leader in reproductive medicine.

To support reproductive medicine research in the Faculty of Medicine please visit UQ Giving.

The Faculty of Medicine’s endowed chairs provide a unique opportunity to recognise and support talented academics and researchers. For further information on endowed chairs please contact Thea Kleiber, Director of Advancement at T.Kleiber@uq.edu.au.

Dr Alan Van Tran and Minh Ha Tran Indigenous Health Education Bursary

Dr Alan Van Tran and Minh Ha Tran Indigenous Health Education BursaryThese bursaries are provided by a generous and enduring gift from UQ Alumnus, Dr Alan Lan Van Tran and his wife Mrs Minh Ha Tran, and are awarded to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students seeking educational opportunities in health disciplines. Since the bursary’s inception in 2013, nine deserving students have benefited from the opportunities provided from the Trans’ generosity.

At the fund’s inception, Dr Tran said, “In making this gift I hope to give others the same opportunities that I and my children were given. I wish for all students with merit to be given the chance to study. I would like this gift to make an impact that improves the human condition and health.”

Melissa Carroll, 2014 recipient wrote, “The funding has delivered an enormous impact, giving me the opportunity to attend Indigenous health conferences as well as provided the financial means for me to obtain vital educational resources. Besides its monetary value, I’m extremely grateful for the donors’ generosity, as it provides Australian Indigenous students with an opportunity to feel proud of their achievements.”

For further information on supporting student scholarships contact Lee Williams on 3365 5063 or email Lee.Williams@uq.edu.au.