2019 Harold Mitchell Travel Fellowships

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients of the Harold Mitchell Foundation Travel Fellowships. The fellowships equip young scientists with the experience, cutting-edge knowledge and professional links that will let them make a difference to medical science both in Australia and throughout the world.

The Fellowship enables promising young scientists and students to travel and participate in seminal conferences and receive mentoring and support from leading specialists. They bring new knowledge and experience back to Australia and establish contacts for collaboration at the highest levels in the world of medical science.

 

Dr Nadia Bellofiore

Research Group: The Ritchie Centre; Embryology and Placental Biology

Post doctoral fellow

Dr Bellofiore is taking part in the prestigious annual training program, ‘Frontiers in Reproduction (FIR): Molecular and Cellular Concepts’, 27 April-6 June.

FIR is an intensive, six-week laboratory and lecture course that aims to develop future leaders in reproductive biology. The Marine Biology Laboratory (MBL) in Massachusetts, US, conducts the course. MBL is a private, non-profit institution which has been in operation for more than 125 years.

“FIR only admits 20 applicants worldwide each year. I am the only Australian applicant to be accepted into this course,” Dr Bellofiore said.

“The skills I will develop will help me to build upon our breakthrough discovery. FIR will enable me to learn innovative and modern laboratory techniques, as well as communicating with some of the world’s leading reproductive scientists.”

Benjamin Amberg

Research Group: The Ritchie Centre; Fetal and Neonatal Health
Supervisor: Professor Stuart Hooper

PhD student

Benjamin will attend the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society’s (IFMSS) 38th annual congress in Sils, Switzerland, 22-26 October. He is working on methods to alleviate fetal distress during intra-uterine surgery for babies with spina bifida.

“We have recently found that heating and humidifying the intra-uterine environment during surgery helps the fetus to better tolerate the stress of surgery. The chance to collaborate with leading paediatric surgeons and maternal fetal medicine specialists provides a unique opportunity to learn if this simple measure may be implemented into clinical practice,” Benjamin said.