Travel Grants

2020 recipients

Dr Hayley Barnes
Bushell Travelling Fellowship in Medicine or the Allied Sciences ($15,000)
'Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical and Biological Approaches to Improve the Diagnostic Confidence of Chronic Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis'

Dr Hayley BarnesDr Hayley Barnes completed her RACP Advanced Training in 2018 and is now working as a respiratory and sleep physician. She is currently undertaking her PhD in 'Improving Clinical and Biological Approaches to Improving Diagnostic Confidence of Chronic Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis' through the Alfred Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco, supported by an NHMRC scholarship. She has also completed degrees in biomedical science, Master of Public Health, and has been working for the Cochrane Collaboration for over 10 years. Hayley is passionate about good quality research for advanced lung disease, is an editor of the Cochrane Pain and Palliative Care Review Group and Cochrane Airways Group, and a tutor in statistics and epidemiology at Monash University.

Dr Kylee Hannah Maclachlan
Dr Helen Rarity McCreanor Travelling Fellowship (NZ$10,000)
'The genomic assessment of minimal residual disease in multiple myeloma, with integration into clinical trial design'

Dr Kylee MaclachlanDr Kylee Maclachlan was educated at the Otago University Medical School and completed clinical training at the Wellington Campus. She attained her general physician and haematology specialist qualifications in Melbourne prior to completing a PhD in investigating novel drug combination for multiple myeloma through the University of Melbourne and The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Kylee is currently a Visiting Investigator at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York, based in the Myeloma Genomics Group.

Dr Sabashini Kannan Ramchand
Bushell Travelling Fellowship in Medicine or the Allied Sciences ($15,000)
'Mechanisms Underlying the Bone Effects of Combined Anabolic and Antiresorptive Therapy'

Dr Sabashini RamchandDr Sabashini Ramchand is an endocrinologist and early career clinician researcher with a long-term interest in metabolic bone health. Broadly, her research interests include the hormonal regulation of the skeleton and treatments for osteoporosis. She undertook a PhD at Austin Health, the University of Melbourne in 2016, focused on studying the skeletal effects of oestradiol depletion in young women with early breast cancer treated with concurrent ovarian function suppression and aromatase inhibition. During her research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Sabashini will expand on her knowledge of osteoporosis pathophysiology and bone therapeutics by studying the effects of combination treatment for osteoporosis. Under the mentorship of Professor Ben Leder, she examines the effects of combined denosumab and teriparatide on bone formation and resorption, as assessed by bone histomorphometry of iliac crest bone biopsies, in postmenopausal women at increased risk of fracture. The findings of this study increases our understanding of the physiological mechanisms responsible for the greater bone mineral density gains observed with combination therapy compared to monotherapy and will provide the framework for designing an efficacy trial aimed at assessing the potential of this approach to improve osteoporosis management in postmenopausal women at high fracture risk.

Dr Kirsty Marie Sharplin
Margorie Hooper Scholarship ($10,000)
'Bone Marrow Transplantation and CAR T Fellowship'

Dr Kirsty SharplinDr Kirsty Sharplin is currently a haematology Advanced Trainee in the final stages of training. After working as a nurse for many years in Sydney, she undertook medical training in Sydney and graduated with honours in 2009. She completed Basic Physician Training in Adelaide and has gone on to successfully finish her haematopathology training. The forthcoming year will see her pursue her primary interest in chimeric antigen receptor therapy and allogeneic stem cell transplantation with the attainment of a fellowship in the United Kingdom. Following this, Kirsty would like to pursue a career in clinical research and achieve a graduate certificate in biostatics. Molecular haematology is a secondary interest and is aiming to complete the current RCPA module three. Currently, she is her state haematology Advanced Trainee representative and among her examinations has been busy raising her young family.

Dr Alesha Anhhong Thai
Robert and Elizabeth Albert Travel Grant ($10,000)
'Small cell lung cancer tissue microarrays for biomarker analysis'

Dr Alesha ThaiDr Alesha Thai is an early career medical oncologist with subspecialty interest in lung, head and neck cancers. Alesha graduated medical school with honors from the University of Western Australia before moving to Victoria, Australia for medical training and subsequently completing her medical oncology training in early 2018. She is currently working at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre while pursuing a Master of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne with focus on head and neck cancers such as nasopharyngeal carcinoma and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, and the role of the immune system in the development and progression of these cancers. Alesha will undertake further translational research in lung cancer with the thoracic oncology group at Massachusetts General Hospital in the USA in 2020.

Dr Chang Ho Yoon
Rowden White Travelling Fellowship ($5000)
'Master's in biomedical informatics'

Dr Chang Ho YoonDr Chang Ho Yoon is currently an Advanced Trainee in General and Acute Care Medicine in the Auckland region. Originally from South Korea, his formative years have spanned the globe with roots in the cities of Edinburgh, Cambridge, London, and Auckland. After leading the creation and study of a smartphone app for antibiotic guidelines, his research interests have gravitated towards the intersection of computerised decision support, machine learning, and translatable solutions to various inefficiencies in healthcare delivery. Thanks to the generous support of the RACP, the US-UK Fulbright Commission, the BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust, and the Auckland Medical Research Foundation (Gavin & Ann Kellaway Research Fellowship), he is currently a Master’s student at Harvard University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics. Chang intends to capitalise upon newly-acquired computational and analytical skills during a subsequent PhD. Ultimately, he hopes to become one of a growing cadre of clinician-researchers with expertise in both medicine and computer science.


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