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Each year Mater clinicians and health professionals are invited to apply for the Betty McGrath Fellowship scheme—a joint initiative of Mater Health Services and Mater Research, funded by Mater Foundation.
The scheme is designed as an additional avenue to improve evidence-based clinical practice at Mater by providing salary support to back-fill the clinical time of practising clinicians or other health professionals to increase their research activity.
The 2015 Betty McGrath Fellowship Scheme was offered in two categories.
Category 1 Fellowships
This fellowship is designed for practitioners who are at an early stage of their research development and who wish to attain a research-based postgraduate degree, which may be a PhD, other doctorate degree or master’s degree.
Congratulations to the following Mater People awarded a Category 1 Fellowship:
• Dr Sanmarié Schlebusch—Assessing the effects of antibiotic choice on gut/enteric microbiome in a randomised trial: a metagenomic approach
• Nicole Brown—Regional fetal brain and placental perfusion at term and its correlation with adverse intrapartum and neonatal outcomes
• Dr Sarah Janssens—Training teamwork skills in interdisciplinary simulation for maternity emergencies.
Category 2 Fellowships
This fellowship is designed for practitioners who have a significant track record in research and wish to pursue research activity for a greater proportion of their normal working week.
The fellowship funding is to be used for recruiting a suitably qualified staff member to replace part of their service role.
Congratulations to the two recipients of the Category 2 Fellowship:
• Dr Cameron Snell—Dissecting oestrogen receptor signalling to predict response to hormonal therapies in breast cancer
• Dr Lucy Burr—Improving the clinical management of patients with inflammatory airways diseases.