Travel Grants

2022 recipients

Dr Robert AndersonDr Robert Anderson
Bushell Travelling Fellowship in Medicine or the Allied Sciences ($30,000)
Assistant Professor - Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Medical Director
'Electrophysiology and Mapping of Intramural Arrhythmic Focus'

Dr Robert Anderson is a Miriam L. Burnett electrophysiology and pacing Fellow in the cardiology department at the Toronto General Hospital having completed his EP fellowship and PhD on ventricular tachycardia under the supervision of Associate Professor Geoffrey Lee, Professor Jonathan Kalman and Associate Professor Saurabh Kumar at the Royal Melbourne and Westmead Hospitals through the University of Melbourne.

He is completing a clinical fellowship and postdoctoral studies at the University Hospital Network in Toronto, Canada with Professor Kumaraswamy Nanthakumar and will perform mapping studies using a cardiac model simulating ventricular intramural foci. This will be developed using plunge needles in both healthy swine and human cardiomyopathic Langendorff beating-heart models. Experimental data will be substantiated using human ventricular computer simulation models. Simultaneous endocardial and epicardial mapping will be performed from right- and left-sided outflow tracts and septal sites to assess the utility of surface mapping parameters in identifying intramural depth. The purpose is to examine characteristics of unipolar electrogram patterns, activation times, activation surface area, surface breakout patterns, surface displacements from deep foci, and conduction velocities generated from both superficial and deep intramural foci.

Dr Russell GearDr Russell Gear
Dr Helen Rarity McCreanor Travelling Fellowship ($10,000)
RACP Advanced Trainee in Clinical Genetics
'The implementation of genomics and multi-omics technologies for diagnosing rare genetic diseases with cutaneous features.'

Dr Russell Gear is an RACP Advanced Trainee in Clinical Genetics. He will be undertaking a PhD investigating the most efficient and effective methods to diagnose genetic diseases involving the skin - with projects covering a broad range of his particular interests in ethics, education, genomic technologies and genetic skin disease.

Dr Hui-Chen HanDr Hui-Chen Han
Robert and Elizabeth Albert Travel Grant ($10,000)
MBBS, FRACP, PhD, GradDipClinEd
'An Examination of the Standard Clinical Testing for Diagnosing Long QT Syndrome'

Dr. Hui-Chen Han completed medical school at the University of Melbourne in 2008. Subsequently, he completed his internship and residency at Austin Hospital and cardiology training at Austin Hospital, Frankston Hospital and Western Hospital. In 2016, he undertook a PhD (conferred in 2021) investigating the relationship between mitral valve prolapse and sudden cardiac death.

Concurrently, he undertook further subspecialty training in electrophysiology at both Austin Hospital (2016-2020), and the University of British Columbia, Canada (2020-2021). During his time in Canada, he was exposed to a large clinical workload at high volume procedural centres, while furthering his research interest in sudden cardiac death working with world-renowned experts in the field. Hui-Chen is seeking to establish a centralized process to manage and prevent conditions which cause sudden cardiac death.

When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 young children.

Dr Madeline StrachDr Madeline Strach
Alex Cohen Travel Grant in Internal Medicine ($10,000)
Medical Oncologist and PhD candidate
'Characterisation of appendiceal cancer by transcriptomic analysis and correlation with clinical outcomes: a step towards rational therapeutics'

Dr Madeleine Strach (MBBS BMedSc MPH FRACP) completed her medical training at the University of Melbourne and received her fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians after completing advanced training in medical oncology at The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. She completed a two-year fellowship in phase 1 clinical trials at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Sydney. She also has a special interest in sarcomas and is part of the Lifehouse sarcoma multidisciplinary team.

Madeleine is a current PhD candidate with the University of Sydney and Garvan Institute of Medical Research, focusing on translational research into appendix cancers. She has been awarded a prestigious European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Translational Research Fellowship to continue her research in appendix cancers at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Colorectal and Peritoneal Oncology Centre (CPOC) in Manchester, UK.

She is committed to clinical and translational research to progress novel treatment options in rare cancers. Outside of medicine she enjoys hiking, skiing and playing her violin.

Associate Professor Christopher WongAssociate Professor Christopher Wong
Margorie Hooper Scholarship ($10,000)
Associate Professor of Medicine, Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Hospital Research Foundation Fellow
'Emerging risk factors and treatments for heart rhythm disorders'

Associate Professor Christopher X Wong is a clinical and academic cardiologist with broad interests in cardiovascular medicine, heart rhythm disorders, and public health. After studying medicine at the University of Adelaide, where he was an elected member of the University Council, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.

He read for masters degrees in clinical trials, epidemiology and population health at the University of Oxford, and subsequently completed a PhD in cardiovascular medicine. He was recently awarded Fulbright and Menzies Scholarships to further study, training, and collaborations in the United States at the University of California San Francisco and Harvard University. Chris has published over 200 journal articles and conference proceedings. He is actively involved in supervising research students and has been recognised with awards for education and teaching.

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