Nature Bank – Sponsor a Sample

Take on the role of a medical researcher by Sponsoring a sample from Griffith University’s Nature Bank.

Adopt one of the samples stored in Nature Bank and helps scientists search for new drugs and assist Nature Bank to continue to be a storehouse of chemical diversity from the natural world.

Nature Bank is a collection of more than 45,000 plants and marine invertebrates samples that have been collectedfrom Queensland, Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, China and Malaysia.

Scientists at Griffith University’s Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery test these samples to see if they have within them compounds that could be the key to beating some of the world’s most debilitating diseases, including malaria, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, HIV and Alzheimer’s.

For a once-off $100 donation, sponsors will receive a certificate identifying their particular sample, its species name and where it was collected as well as regular updates on the results of research on that sample.

Director of Griffith University’s Eskitis Institute Professor Ron Quinn says Nature Bank is shared with researchers around the world, who test the library to find new compounds that could be developed into new drugs.

“This is by far the biggest and most comprehensive collection; it is a huge potential source of desperately needed new medicines,” Professor Quinn said.“There is only around 100 grams of each of the samples in the library, which will provide testing across the next five years.”

“Nature Bank at Griffith University’s Eskitis Institute is a huge potential source of desperately needed new medicines,” Professor Quinn said.
“With the support of our sponsors we can make a real difference to reducing the global burden of disease.