In Loving Memory – Dr. Ian Davis (OH ’95)
Prior to his diagnosis, he worked in Haematology practice at Melbourne’s Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. His background training includes a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Hons) at Monash University, Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery (BMBS Hons) from Flinders University.
Ian played a pivotal role in the establishment of FightMND in 2014 following his retirement as a medical doctor due to his ailing health. He served as Chairman of the Foundation for three years while also chairing the FightMND Cure subcommittee until July this year.
His medical background and experience enabled him to provide the Foundation with significant knowledge and expertise in the medical science environment, achieving positive progress and development in the quest to find a suitable treatment and cure for MND.
Since inception, Ian’s tireless work, passion and commitment to finding a cure for MND has impacted and inspired people affected by MND worldwide.
Among his many achievements was the creation of the inaugural Australasian Motor Neurone Disease Symposium in March 2018, attracting over 400 delegates from around the world, who all assembled with the joint intent to create a world free from MND.
Ian’s dedication to the fight against MND continued until his final days ensuring in his absence the same rigour will be applied to the pursuit of the most promising research. Fight MND has raised over $30 million in four years.
The legacy Ian leaves behind will be profound and all the people affected by MND, be they patients, families, carers and researchers, have a great deal to thank Ian for.