May 2019 – Jennifer Philps – Children’s Medical Research Institute

 Community Relations Manager


 Jennifer started a teaching career in Glasgow in 1965 after majoring in genetics at Glasgow University.

After her marriage, to a veterinarian, Jennifer and her husband set off to Uganda on the Overseas Development Program where she taught in a remote village on the Sudan border. These were turbulent times in Uganda, so they ventured into the safer climate of South Africa where they stayed for 20 years raising three daughters. Jennifer taught in many parts of South Africa and immigrated to Australia in 1987 and continued her teaching career at Barker College.

In 1992, she had a sea change, leaving teaching to join a bio-medical company which fortuitously led her, a year later, to join Children’s Medical Research Institute as Community Relations Manager. The intention was to continue for a few years but 25 years later she still has “the best job in the world” giving her the ability to renew her avid interest in genetics and medical research.

An added bonus was to assist in the fantastic work carried out by our fund-raising committees as well as being involved with the Jeans for Genes Campaign since its inception.

Her talk covers the most recent and exciting research achieved at the Children’s Medical Research Institute

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