A legacy of research excellence

Dr Bob Dickens (MBBS 1962) will continue to make an impact in paediatric orthopaedic research and care through a new dedicated research trust established in his honour by Pamela Galli AO.


The Pamela Galli and Bob Dickens Paediatric Orthopaedic Research Trust will ensure a lasting legacy for Bob’s life’s work in the field of paediatric orthopaedics. Encompassing the establishment of a Chair and a unique fellowship program, the Research Trust will nurture and promote the next generation of paediatric orthopaedic research leaders in Australia.

Administered by the Department of Paediatrics in the Melbourne Medical School, the Research Trust will drive innovative research and enable career pathways within paediatric orthopaedic surgery in Australia. The Royal Children’s Hospital Department of Orthopaedics is a key collaborator in the program, enabling the highest quality clinical training and care.

Bob was actively involved in the design of the research trust and had a clear vision that the program would build a sustainable research program to improve the lives of children.

“The Pamela Galli and Bob Dickens Paediatric Orthopaedic Research Trust will continue Bob’s incredible contribution to the field of paediatric orthopaedics in Australia. The Trust will provide much needed support and training for academic orthopaedic surgeons and deliver a clear pathway for young researchers. Bob’s passion and dedication to the field will long be remembered.” Professor John Prins, Head, Melbourne Medical School.

The program, which the Galli Trustees insisted should bear Bob’s name, will commence with a focus on developmental disability, particularly cerebral palsy.

Pamela Galli has made extraordinary philanthropic investments in medical research at the University of Melbourne. She has established three Chairs – the Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Chair in Developmental Medicine, currently held by Professor David Amor (MBBS 1992, PhD 2005); the Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Chair in Medical Biology, currently held by Professor Doug Hilton AO (BSc 1986, PhD 1990); and the Lorenzo Galli Chair in Melanoma and Skin Cancers, currently held by Professor Grant McArthur (BMedSci 1984, PhD 1994).

She has also established the Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Medical Research Trust, a uniquely designed initiative promoting collaborative medical research in cancer and children’s health.