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SESLHD Staff Awarded Medical Research Scholarships

Three SESLHD staff are amongst 26 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidates statewide, recently awarded a PhD scholarship for trailblazing health projects.

The scholarships are part of a $1.5 million NSW Government program to advance the careers of early stage researchers in health and medical research.

The SESLHD and UNSW Sydney staff who will receive the PhD scholarships are: Nicola Meagher, Project Manager, Translational Cancer Research Network (TCRN), Prince of Wales Hospital; Jeannette Walsh, Violence and Abuse (Adult) Prevention Program Co-ordinator, Child Youth and Family Services, SESLHD and Silvia Zheng, currently a Fellow at St George Hospital.
Nicola’s research will be investigating the histological and genetic profiles of mucinous ovarian cancer, to identify better markers for accurate diagnosis and find treatment targets that can be trialled to improve outcomes for this rare cancer subtype.

“The NSW Health PhD scholarship program will not only enable me to carry out this research, but ensures that I set milestones for the translation of results, with leadership from my clinical co-supervisor, Professor Michael Friedlander [Medical Ongology, Prince of Wales Hospital]. This could be making recommendations to diagnostic pathology practice, or the design of a clinical trial to test new targets,” Nicola said.

"The scholarship scheme is jointly funded by NSW Health and UNSW Sydney, with the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District as my partner organisation. This is a fine example of a co-contribution of health and universities working together to improve health outcomes through support of early career research."

Member for Coogee, Bruce Notley-Smith MP, congratulated each recipient PhD scholarship to complete groundbreaking health and medical research.

 Bruce said the NSW Health PhD Scholarship Program helps develop the capability and skill of PhD candidates, while harnessing their research capacity within the NSW health system.

 “This is a great program that fosters the knowledge and talent of our next generation of health and medical researchers, with funding for the scholarships matched by host universities or partner institutions.

 “The scholarships are an important investment in developing the therapies, drugs and research leaders of tomorrow,” Bruce said.