Inaugural fellowship recipient announced

Establishing a career in science, and funding for a chosen area of research, can be challenging. Many top young scientists need all the support they can get through the critical phases of their research.

L – R: Dr Anne Trinh and A/Prof Frances Milat

Professor Peter Fuller and Associate Professor Frances Milat are delighted to announce Dr Anne Trinh as the inaugural recipient of the Henry G. Burger Clinical Endocrinology Research Fellowship.

The post-doctoral fellowship, of two years duration, has been established by Emeritus Professor Henry Burger to support an emerging leader in metabolic bone disease, through a critical phase in the transition from doctoral training to academic career.

Dr Trinh is about to submit her PhD thesis, which addresses bone health in a spectrum of chronic neurological diseases. Her work focuses on bone health, particularly osteoporosis in patients with cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Dr Trinh’s work has been published internationally and received widespread recognition. The fellowship will enable her to continue her research and pursue applications for ongoing research funding.

Inaugural fellowship

Late last year, Emeritus Professor Henry Burger kindly indicated his wish to make a contribution to the work of the Centre of Endocrinology and Metabolism. After discussion between Prof Burger and the Centre’s leadership, it was decided that a Fellowship should be established to support the work of A/Prof Frances Milat and her team, in optimising musculoskeletal health and patient outcomes across a spectrum of chronic disease.

The award is to support an emerging leader in metabolic bone disease through a postdoctoral fellowship of two years duration.

Emeritus Professor Henry Burger

Emeritus Professor Henry Burger was the first full-time director of the Medical Research Centre at Prince Henry’s Hospital, the forerunner of Prince Henry’s Institute of Medical Research which later merged with the Monash Institute of Medical Research and became Hudson Institute.

Professor Burger was the preeminent Australian academic endocrinologist, whose work included leading the team that discovered the hormone ‘inhibin’, initiating Australia’s first menopause clinic. He has received numerous awards and honours, and trained several generations of endocrinologists, including the present leaders at the Centre for Endocrinology and Metabolism at Hudson Institute, and the Endocrinology Unit at Monash Health.

 

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