Dr Harding was among the first successful liver transplant recipients in Australia. He famously celebrated his new lease on life by sky-diving six months after his transplant, and went on to become a tireless ambassador for organ donation for transplant and research.
The Brain and Mind Centre is saddened by the recent passing of Dr Antony Harding, fondly known as Tony. Tony coordinated the MSRA Brain Bank within the Brain and Mind Centre and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for many years, a crucial task that underpins much of the research performed, not only centre-wide but global in reach.
A well known and much loved figure at the BMC, Tony had a vibrant life extending beyond the laboratory. Tony was an Australian Olympian at the Transplant Games, competing in every Transplant Games since his first games in 1990. Since then he participated in the Games as a competitor in a host of sporting events, flag-bearer, opening and closing ceremony coordinator and organiser.
He is well known by many throughout the Neuropathology community in Australia, and the Brain and Mind Centre has been very fortunate to have had Tony work with us through our research teams, RPA neuropathology and Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute.
Those who worked with Tony at the Brain and Mind Centre and beyond will miss him sorely.
A livestreamed memorial service for Tony will be held Friday 19 June, 9 AM, accessible here.
Tony was one of a kind, a lynchpin of the MSRA Brain Bank, tireless ambassador for organ donation for transplant and research. He will be missed both for his scientific contributions, his friendship and wonderfully affable nature.