HELP US SOLVE THE MYSTERY OF MOTOR NEURON DISEASE
Who We Are
A MND sufferer with questions to be answered
8 years ago Peter Schutzinger was diagnosed with the most brutal and devastating diagnosis – Motor Neurons Disease and given only 2-3 years to live. This is a story of the human strength it takes to wage a fight against the odds and to never yield. His story involves a journey that has amazed his team of doctors, rallied experts from around the world, united medical research organisations and won the hearts of everyone that has come in contact with him.
An innovative, out of the box thinker
Matt Keon brings with him over 20 years’ experience in the health sector. From high profile patient compliance campaigns for Oncology, Rare Diseases, Rheumatism, MS, Obesity, Diabetes and PKU, to technological innovations such as positivity.space. He is a complex problem solver who excels in looking at things from a different angle. He has been passionate about science from a young age and as this is one of the hardest diseases to crack it’s a challenge he tackles head on.
Our passionately committed, world respected scientist
Iggy Get Out is led by our CSO Nitin Saksena Ph.D. Nitin has published over 200 papers and is a world respected scientist who has been responsible for some of the most interesting developments in virus-associated neurodegenerative diseases. He brings in a wealth of experience, expertise and knowledge in genome biology and gene regulation, in addition to our relationships with biochemists, scientists, doctors and bio-informaticians at the highest level worldwide.
Iggy the Dog
Iggy Get Out is named after a black Labrador named Iggy. When we first started looking at this disease we would meet in the living room of one of our founders and Iggy would constantly waddle in and try to interrupt our meeting. And so everyone would say “Iggy Get Out!” and thus this became the name of our research organization. You’ll find Iggy in in our logo as a dog made from the shape of a molecule.
Dr Alan Robertson
Alan Robertson holds a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Glasgow. Following a post-doctoral appointment with the Nobel Laureate, Sir John Cornforth, he took a position as a research scientist with Welcome plc (now part of the pharmaceutical company GSK) working on drug discovery research into prostaglandins and serotonin. Alan does xxxx for IGO.
Dr Kip Dudgeon
Dr Kip Dudgeon is a specialist healthcare investment analyst at Magellan Financial Group, one of Australia’s largest global fund managers. Kip has a first class honours degree in science from UNSW Australia, and conducted his PhD in Medicine at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. His research has generated over a dozen peer-reviewed articles and several worldwide patents that led to the formation of start-up biotechnology company, Solvanix Pty Ltd, in 2015. Kip does xxx for IGO.
Scientific / Bioinformatics Advisor
Boris Guennewig is a bioinformatician/statistician specialising in the analysis, management and mining of large complex datasets through the development of software, infrastructure and pipelines for medical research. He presently holds a Senior Lecturer position at the University of Sydney with Prof. Glenda Halliday utilising large biomedical datasets, for the identification and characterisation of phenotypic, genetic and transcriptional changes influencing complex human diseases (such as bipolar disorders, Parkinson’s, Frontotemporal Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, etc.).
Head of Fundraising
My involvement began 8 years ago when Peter, (my cousin and best friend) was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease.
Since then I have been closely involved in his fight to survive and have joined him for treatments in Uruguay, Mexico and Thailand. Like all his loved ones, I have been inspired and amazed by his spirit and determination and the way he faces the challenge head on, never relenting, always questioning and looking for answers.