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Dr Kevin Man has been awarded the 2016 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to further his research into circadian rhythm regulation on a cellular level. Dr Man’s research will focus on understanding how genes regulate circadian rhythms, and the impact of disrupted cycles on cardiovascular and metabolic illnesses. His research may help with the development of tailorable therapies for immune related disorders such as asthma or type 2 diabetes.
Dr Man’s research will be conducted at The University of California’s San Francisco campus and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Through the Fellowship he aims to bring new research techniques back to Australia where new technologies are reinventing the types of experiments which can be conceived.
Dr Man was awarded his PhD by University of Melbourne in 2015
Dr Alexis Whitton has been awarded the 2016 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to further her research into the early detection of bipolar disorder. Her research will focus on early signs of abnormal brain functioning which help predict the emergence of manic symptoms in depressed young adults and will be conducted at Harvard Medical School, the Brain & Mind Institute and Headspace in Sydney.
Dr Whitton studied her Bachelor of Psychology, Joint Masters of Clinical Psychology and PhD at the University of New South Wales. She was involved in developing Australia’s first stand-alone web and mobile phone intervention for depression, anxiety and stress, known as ‘myCompass’ with the Black Dog Institute.
Si Ming Man completed a Bachelor of Medical Science at UNSW in 2007 and was awarded First Class Honours and the University Medal. In 2009, Si Ming was awarded a highly competitive fully-funded Cambridge International Scholarship to pursue a PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Dr Man was awarded the NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to continue his studies on innate immunity at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He will complete the second part of his Fellowship at the Australian National University in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Disease.
Dr David Riglar was awarded the NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to investigate cell-signalling pathways, particularly focusing on how cells within a population differ in their response to type-1 interferons – a class of cytokine important for protection from viral infections and the prevention of various cancers.
Dr Riglar will utilise new approaches, including synthetic biology, to gain a better understanding of signalling processes and will investigate how we can more effectively design drugs to target only the diseased cells, thus reducing treatment side-effects.
Dr Riglar will undertake the first two years of his Fellowship in the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. On return to Australia David will continue his research at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne.
Cellular biology, Medicine
Dr Scott Sands will undertake his NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and later at The Alfred in Melbourne. Dr Sands is investigating whether obstructive sleep apnea – which is extremely common in patients with heart failure – is primarily a breathing control disorder rather than anatomical disorder in this patient group.
Dr Sands is concurrently investigating approaches to treat those patients with a primary control disorder using a combination of non-invasive therapies to reduce each component in the pathway to control instability. Patients will be selected for successful treatment using novel techniques to assess breathing control using routine clinical signals. Ultimately the goal is to provide new insights into the mechanisms underlying sleep apnea in this vulnerable population, and provide alternative treatment options beyond those that require a mask to be worn at night.
Sarah-Jane Dawson was awarded the NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to investigate the role of circulating tumour specific DNA (ctDNA) which can be found in the bloodstream of individuals with cancer. Her research aims to address how the measurement of ctDNA can be integrated into clinical practice to provide tangible benefits for women with breast cancer.
The first part of her Fellowship will be conducted at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute and she will carry out the last two years of her Fellowship at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne.
Susanna Park graduated from ANU with a BSc with First Class Honours in neuroscience and a Bachelor of Psychology in 2004. She received the University Medal in Neuroscience for her Honours research undertaken in the Neuronal Signalling Laboratory at the John Curtin School of Medical Research. She completed her PhD under the supervision of Matthew Kiernan and Cindy Lin in 2010 focusing on chemotherapy-induced neurotoxicity.
Susanna was awarded the NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to study the impact of chemotherapy on nerves at the Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders, Institute of Neurology, University College London and at Neuroscience Research Australia, UNSW, Australia. She is working on the damaging impact of chemotherapy on nerves.
Cancer, Medicine, Neurology
Dr Daniel Worthley was awarded the NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to study "The origin, contribution and molecular characteristics of myofibroblasts in gastric carcinogenesis".
Dr Worthley will use the Fellowship to study at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Columbia University, New York and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia.
Dr Misty Jenkins was awarded the NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to investigate T cells (white blood cells that help fight infections) and how they deliver their ‘lethal hit’ to destroy virally infected cells at the single cell level.
Dr Jenkins will complete her research at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, UK and at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Her research will improve our understanding of how T cells function, which will enable us to identify novel therapeutic targets.
Medicine, Immunology, T Cells
Dr Ken Pang was awarded the NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to study "RNA transport: a new paradigm in cell-to-cell communication".
Dr Pang will use the Fellowship to study at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Australia.
Dr Nick Huntington was awarded the NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to study "Natural Killer cell development, survival and homeostasis". His research focuses on two important cells of the immune system, the ‘natural killer’ or NK cell and the ‘B’ cell.
Dr Huntington will use the Fellowship to study at within the Department of Cytokines and Lymphoid Development Pasteur Institute, Paris and the Department of Immunology at the The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.
Cancer, Immunology, Medicine
Dr Adrian Liston holds a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours and a University Medal from the University of Adelaide. His PhD project entitled "Genetic lesions in thymus-acquired self tolerance" was carried out at the John Curtin School of Medical Research.
The NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship will enable Adrian to carry out his study, "Genetic characterisation of factors affecting generation of Foxp3+ regulatory T cells", at the University of Washington and Australian National University.
Genetics, Medicine, T Cells
Dr Anina Rich was awarded the NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to study “Visual search of naturalistic heterogeneous displays: The role of categorisation”. Her research explores how the brain balances shifts in attention and how those shifts impact our sensory processing.
Dr Rich will use the Fellowship to study in the Visual Attention Laboratory at the Brigham & Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, USA and at Macquarie University.
Medicine, Psychology, Neurology
Dr John Pimanda from the Centre for Vascular Research at the University of New South Wales was awarded the NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to study the ‘Transcriptional Control of Stem Cell Identity and Development’ at the University of Cambridge.
Medicine, Stem cells
Dr Louise van der Weyden completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Technology, Sydney before going on to complete her PhD which focused on ATP-stimulated white cell maturation at the University of Sydney.
After completing her PhD, Dr van der Weyden worked as an Honorary Research Associate within the University of Sydney’s Department of Physiology.
Dr van der Weyden was awarded the fellowship to work within the department of Mouse Functional Genomics at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the United Kingdom. Her research will focus on the identification of novel lung cancer tumour suppressor genes.
Dr Marie Estcourt was awarded the NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to study ‘CD8 T cell memory generation following cell mediated vaccination’. Her research focuses on understanding T cell responses in persisting infections and interactions of T cells with the innate immune system.
Her Fellowship will be completed at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Radcliff Hospital, Oxford University and at the University of Western Australia.
Immunology, Medicine, T Cells
Dr John Hooper was awarded the NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to investigate ‘new proteolytic targets for inhibition of tumour induced angiogenesis’ – or new ways to stop the spread of cancer.
Dr Hooper will use the Fellowship to study at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California, USA and at the University of Queensland.
Dr Richard Anderson was awarded the NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to study the key components and pathways related to the growth and guidance of retinal axons.
Dr Anderson will spend two years studying within the department of anatomy at the University of Cambridge in the UK and the remaining two years studying at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia.
Matthew Kiernan graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with Honours from the University of Sydney in 1990. After graduating he completed his clinical training at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney before working at the Liverpool and Rachel Foster Hospitals and in Papua New Guinea. Matthew completed his specialty training at the Prince Henry and Prince of Wales hospitals and was awarded his PhD and admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Australian Physicians with a specialisation in Neurology in 1997.
Matthew was awarded the fellowship to complete postdoctoral research in the Sobell Department of Neurophysiology at the Institute of Neurology in London and the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute in Sydney. Upon completing the fellowship, Matthew hopes to continue his research through a career in academic neurology.
Dr Bob Anderson was awarded the NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to further his research on the immunology of coeliac disease and defining the disease-causing components of gluten at the University of Oxford in the Nuffield Department of Medicine and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.
Medicine, Immunology, Disease
Dr Karen Anderson was awarded the inaugural NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship and will use the Scholarship to further the understanding of molecular pathways that may contribute to the prevention of fatal heart attacks.
Dr Anderson will spend two years studying at the Babraham Institute at Cambridge University and two years in Monash Universities’ Department of Medicine at Box Hill Hospital.
Julian Savulescu graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of medical Science, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with honours in 1988 after which he completed his residency at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.
Julian returned to Monash complete a PhD in 1991 under Professor Peter Singer entitled ‘Good Reasons to Die’. While studying he acted as a guest lecturer and tutor to medical students.
Julian was awarded the scholarship to complete a postdoctoral fellowship within the field of Applied Ethics at the University of Oxford. His fellowship will explore the challenging questions that arise around death, in particular he aims to analyse the range of desires to die and the implications of that analysis for a broad range of demographics within our society.
Carina Dennis graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Genetics in 1991. Upon completion of her degree, she continued to complete an honours project within the Centre for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology for which she was awarded First Class Honours.
Carina was awarded the scholarship to complete a PhD at the University of Oxford. Her research will focus on the molecular genetics of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, in particular she aims to characterise specific genes related to the disease which may improve the gene therapies currently offered as treatment.
Elizabeth Powell graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with First Class Honours in 1983. After graduating, she completed her internship at the Royal Brisbane Hospital where she stayed until commencing her PHD. Elizabeth was admitted as a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1991 as a specialist in gastroenterology.
Elizabeth was awarded the scholarship to complete her PhD within the Centre for Molecular Medicine at Oxford University. Her research focuses on the regulation of gene expression in the human liver in vivo, in normal states and following liver transplantation. Her research aims to further our understanding on the genetic control of human cholesterol metabolism which could help prevent coronary heart and vascular disease and assist with the prevention of accelerated atherosclerosis after human organ transplantation.
Scholarship biography unavailable for Chris Silagy.
William (Bill) Rawlinson graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Medicine with distinction 1983. After graduating Bill worked as a registrar in the infectious disease unit and then at the virology unit at Westmead Hospital and was made a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1990.
Bill was awarded the scholarship to complete a PhD in the field of Virology at Cambridge University. His PhD will focus on the study of CMV infection, a common cause of mortality in patients with leukaemia, lymphoma and patients who have kidney, heart, liver or bone marrow transplants.
Immunology, Medicine, Stem cells
Jamie Vandenberg graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Medicine with First Class Honours in 1988. He continued his study as an intern at the Royal Prince Alfred hospital in Sydney where he was accepted as a resident medical officer in 1989.
Jamie was awarded the scholarship to complete a PhD within Cambridge University’s department of Biochemistry. He will be using the latest form of magnetic diagnostic techniques to study cell tissues. His research may allow for earlier and more accurate diagnosis of heart disease, some forms of cancer and brain tumours.
Stephen Graves graduated from the University of Adelaide with a bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery in 1979. He was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in 1988. Stephen completed his internship at the Royal Adelaide Hospital before completing his advanced training in Orthopaedics at the Adelaide Children’s and Royal Adelaide Hospitals.
Stephen was awarded the scholarship to study the development of a tissue culture model called osteoinduction – one of the process by which bone is formed – at the University of Oxford’s unit of orthopaedic surgery. His study aims to provide insight into how fractures may heal more rapidly and how to increase the longevity of prosthetic joint replacement.
Simon Maddocks graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1988 with First Class Honours in animal physiology and production and a PhD. After graduating he worked as a lecturer at the Gilles Plains Community College and University of Adelaide.
Simon was awarded the scholarship to study within the reproductive biology unit at the University of Edinburgh. His study will focus on male reproduction and cell communication within the testes using a technique that was developed during his PhD.
Robyn O'Hehir graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with First Class honours from Monash University in 1979 and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1984. Robyn completed an internship at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne where she was later promoted to Fellow in Allergy & Respiratory Medicine in 1984.
Robyn was awarded the scholarship to study within the Cardiothoracic Institute of Brompton Hospital at London University where she will develop skills in advanced research procedures related to the treatment of respiratory diseases such as Asthma.
Peter Arkwright graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Medical Science with honours in 1981. He went on to complete a Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery graduating in 1984.
Peter was awarded the scholarship to complete his PhD at the University of Oxford focusing on reproductive immunology.
Immunology, Medicine, Surgery
David Morgan graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Science with first class honours in 1976. He was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1984. After graduating, David worked at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital and Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland.
David, whose particular interests lie in Revision Arthroplasty and Joint Allograft surgeries, was awarded the scholarship to complete a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford.
Richard Epstein graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Medicine in 1979. After graduating he spent time working at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney and was admitted to the first stage of becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1982.
Richard was awarded the scholarship to complete a PhD in the Clinical Oncology and Radiotherapeutics unit at Cambridge University. His research will use sophisticated laser equipment to analyse and compare the self-repair mechanisms in the DNA of normal and malignant cells to those exposed to chemotherapy treatment with the aim of furthering understanding of how chemotherapy impacts cellular recovery at the DNA level.
John O’Neill graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with honours in 1978. After graduating he completed his postgraduate medical training at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.
John was awarded the scholarship to complete two years clinical experience at the Institute for Neurology, London.
Philip Hardcastle graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Medicine in 1973. After graduating He returned to Perth to work at the Royal Perth Rehabilitation Hospital within the department of Orthopaedic surgery.
He was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1981 and was awarded the scholarship to study aspects of spinal surgery, especially those related to spinal mobility, muscle function and pain resulting from surgery.
Medicine, Orthopaedics, Surgery