Congratulations to the 2018 recipients of The Harold Mitchell Foundation Travel Fellowships. These fellowships are equipping our young scientists with the experience, cutting-edge knowledge and professional links that will let them make a major difference to medical science both in Australia and throughout the world.
The Harold Mitchell Foundation Fellowships enable a promising young Hudson Institute scientist and student to travel overseas and participate in seminal conferences and receive mentoring and support from leading specialists. They then bring this experience back to Australia to begin a lifetime of collaboration at the highest levels in the world of medical science.
POST DOCTORAL FELLOW
Dr Courtney McDonald
The Ritchie Centre
Research Group: Neurodevelopment and Neuroprotection
Supervisor: Professor Stuart Hooper
Dr McDonald will present her research at the 11th Hershey Conference on Developmental Brain Injury in California, USA in June 2018.
“I am one of only a few selected to give a presentation on my work in preterm brain injury. This is a prestigious opportunity to connect with world leaders in perinatal brain research,” said Courtney.
This award also allows Dr McDonald the opportunity to visit a new collaborator’s laboratory at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio to learn how to grow 3-dimensional brain organoids.
“In addition to strengthening our collaboration, this will bring cutting edge tissue culture techniques back to our research,” said Courtney.
Centre for Cancer Research
Research Group: Developmental and Cancer Biology Research Group
Supervisor: Dr Jason Cain
Catherine will attend the prestigious Annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to present research findings to leading scientists and oncologists in paediatric cancer research.
The AACR Annual Meeting is the largest in the world for cancer researchers and attracts more than 18 000 researchers and clinicians from over 60 countries each year. ‘Driving Innovative Cancer Science to Patient Care’ is the focus for the 2018 meeting, which will cover over 30 specialist areas in cancer research.
“The opportunity to present and discuss my research with world-renowned peers and leaders in paediatric cancer research and build international collaborations is invaluable to both my by PhD research and future postdoctoral research. It also provides a platform to promote and share the exceptional research that is being conducted at the Hudson Institute,” said Catherine.
Catherine will also be visiting laboratories in New York and Washington DC.