Grants and fellowships enable and extend life-saving research at the Hudson

Six Hudson Institute researchers working in the areas of fetal and neonatal health, cancer and reproductive health have received grants and fellowships to build on and enhance their life-saving work.

The Ritchie Centre’s Dr Graeme Polglase, Dr Hayley Dickinson and Dr Bryan Leaw each received a project grant from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, to help finds way to reduce the instance and severity of brain injury at birth, particularly in pre-term babies.

Another fetal and neonatal researcher, Associate Professor Flora Wong, received a Royal Australasian College of Physicians fellowship for her research into maternal hyperoxygeneration to help find a potential new fetal treatment for hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

Cancer researcher Dr Kristy Brown received a four-year National Breast Cancer Foundation Career Development Fellowship, to enable her to continue to investigate the links between obesity and breast cancer to identify possible new treatments.

Amy Winship, from the Centre for Reproductive Health, received a one-year Cancer Council Victoria fellowship for her work in targeting endometrial tumour growth.

Institute Director, Professor Bryan Williams, congratulated the researchers on receiving these grants and fellowships, and thanked the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Cancer Council Victoria and Collier Charitable Fund for their generous and essential support of the Hudson’s work.

The full list of fellowships is below:

  • Cerebral Palsy Alliance: Dr Graeme Polglase – $123,395 over 1 year.
    Project Title – Reducing brain injury by improving postnatal management of asphyxiated neonates at birth
  • Cerebral Palsy Alliance: Dr Hayley Dickinson – $230,000 over 3 years.
    Project Title – If creatine deficiency contributes to preterm brain injury, we have a simple intervention strategy to improve neurological outcomes for preterm babies
  • Cerebral Palsy Alliance: Dr Bryan Leaw – $141,890 over 2 years
    Project Title – Assessment of human amnion cells in reducing long-term neurocognitive impairment
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation: Dr Kristy Brown – Career Development Fellowship Amount – $120,000 fellowship plus $50,000 consumables per year for 4 years
    Project Title – Obesity and Breast Cancer: linking metabolic pathways, estrogen and cancer progression
  • Cancer Council Victoria: Ms Amy Winship – 1 year Fellowship – $72,359
    Project Title – Targeting Interleukin-11 to Reduce Endometrial Tumour Growth and Metastasis
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians: Associate Professor Flora Wong 1 year – RACP Fellows Research Establishment Fellowship – $75,000 – 1 year Project Title – Maternal hyperoxygeneration – a potential new fetal treatment for hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Collier Charitable Fund: Dr Hayley Dickinson Amount – $20,000
    Project Title – Researching new targets for the therapeutic care of preterm babies

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