01 Feb 2016
Doherty Institute welcomes 10,000th visitor
This week, just over a year after opening, the Doherty Institute welcomed its 10,000th visitor through the doors.
Averaging 850 visitors a month, US Ambassador to Australia John Berry, Governor of Victoria the Hon. Linda Dessau and researchers from the Institut Pasteur are just a few of the high profile guests who have conducted tours of the Doherty Institute’s state-of-the-art facilities, purpose-built for research, teaching, public health and reference laboratory services and clinical care in infection and immunity.
In addition to high level delegations, events such as World AIDS Day, the Day of Immunology and symposiums on applied microbial genomics in public health, hepatitis B and dengue have attracted healthcare professionals, researchers, people living with infectious diseases, media and the public to exchange knowledge and take advantage of the Institute’s expertise.
Director of the Doherty Institute, Professor Sharon Lewin, said that in order to advance the fields of infection and immunity, collaboration at a local, national and international level was essential.
“Showcasing our work through tours and events is crucial to engaging potential partners, stakeholders, colleagues and the community, so reaching the 10,000th visitor is a major milestone,” she said.
“I’m incredibly proud of the staff and what they’ve collectively achieved in the Doherty Institute’s short history, but we’ve only just begun!”