2017 Betty McGrath Fellows announced

2017 Betty McGrath Fellows announced

Mater’s Dr Jessica Turner and Dr Andrew Swayne have been awarded funding through the Betty McGrath Fellowship Scheme, supported by Mater Foundation.  

Each year, Mater’s clinicians and health professionals are invited to apply for funding through the scheme, which enables them to increase their research activity at Mater Research, by providing salary support to back-fill their positions. 

Dr Jessica Turner is from the Mothers’, Babies and Women’s Health program and her research project is titled “Reducing the risk of fetal distress with sildenafil (RIDSTRESS Study).”

Dr Andrew Swayne specialises in Neurosciences and cognitive health.  His project involves “Diagnostics, therapeutics and modelling in autoimmune encephalitis: from antibody binding to brain network dysfunction.”

Mater Foundation Chief Executive Officer Nigel Harris congratulated the recipients on receiving this wonderful honour. 

“More than $1 million has been awarded through the Betty McGrath Fellowships Scheme since it started in 2013 and these funds have gone a long way to support exciting research programs into cancer and the health of mothers and babies,” he said. 

“The Fellowships recognise the dedication of Mater clinicians who have a strong passion for research and the opportunity allows them to expand their research expertise.  

“The scheme supports the important concept of bringing research from the bench to bedside as quickly as possible to benefit Mater patients.” 

A joint initiative of Mater Health and Mater Research and funded by Mater Foundation, the Betty McGrath Fellowship Scheme is designed to support improved evidence-based clinical practice at Mater.

The Betty McGrath Fellowships were created as an expression of appreciation to Betty McGrath OAM who was a Founding Member of Mater Foundation in the 1980s.

Betty served as a Board Member of Mater Foundation until 2014 by which time she had accumulated 25 years of outstanding service.

If you would like to make a secure, online gift to support the next generation of Betty McGrath Fellows click here and choose ‘Research at Mater’.

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