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The theme for the 2021 Jacaranda Society Morning Tea, held at Customs House in Brisbane, Australia, was ‘Impact of Bequest Giving’.

Sadly, due to a snap COVID-19 lockdown in South East Queensland, the event was not able to proceed in person, as originally planned. While we are disappointed the event did not go ahead, the health and safety of our community was our highest priority.

We have been working behind the scenes to deliver a virtual experience of the event with our guest speaker, Professor Michael Stowasser.

Michael is the Director of the Endocrine Hypertension Research Centre at the Diamantina Institute at The University of Queensland. He also works at Princess Alexandra and Greenslopes Private Hospitals.

Michael has over 30 years’ experience of clinical research in pathogenesis and management of hypertension. Michael has been receiving a gift from the estate of Mrs Irene Hunt for 20 years, and will share his research story which includes the benefits of receiving an ongoing gift from an estate. It’s an impactful good news story of how his unit was able to continue their work during tough times, to make a global scientific breakthrough.