Career Development Fellowships

2024 recipients


2024 RACP Fellows Career Development Fellowship ($100,000)
Associate Professor Flora Wong
'Development of face perception and psychosocial function in preterm infants - The BabyFace Study'

Associate Professor Flora Wong is a senior Consultant Neonatologist at Monash Newborn, Monash Health, with a joint appointment as associate professor at the Department of Paediatrics, Monash University. She is the head of the Neonatal Brain Protection Laboratory at The Ritchie Centre, The Hudson Institute of Medical Research. Since 2010, she has successfully obtained >$5.4M of research funding from NHMRC and various Philanthropic foundations ($2.7M as CIA). She has 4 book chapters and 101 papers and >3300 citations. 

Her research interests are in newborn cerebral oxygenation in relation to brain injury and neurodevelopment in newborn infants undergoing intensive care. Her projects aim at investigations of the mechanisms of newborn brain injury, development of cotside monitoring and neuroprotective strategies. Translational research is an important theme of her projects, involving complementary experimental studies in the animal models and clinical studies in preterm infants to examine cerebral pathophysiology. She has pioneered the research utilising Spatially Resolved Spectroscopy in Australia to measure brain oxygenation in babies. Her publications demonstrate a strategic set of studies for the identification of circulatory factors that contribute to neonatal brain injury, and testing new biomarkers and clinical interventions.

Past recipients

Dr Simon Jiang
2023 | Don & Lorraine Jacquot Career Development Fellowship ($100,000)
‘Development of a novel treatment for glomerulonephritis’

Professor Cassandra Szoeke
2022 | RACP Fellows Career Development Fellowship ($100,000)
‘The influence of exposures across 30 years from midlife to late life on health outcomes of Australia Women over 70’

Professor Barbora de Courten
2021 | RACP Fellows Career Development Fellowship ($100,000)
‘Effect of Carnosine on Walking Endurance in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Peripheral Vascular Disease’

Professor Timothy Geraghty
2021 | RACP MAIC Career Development Fellowship ($100,000)
‘Complex Rehabilitation In Systems under Immense Stress (CRISIS): Secondary health complications and access to services during system disruption for people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) — the CRISIS-SCI Study’

Professor Anita Wluka
2020 | RACP Fellows Career Development Fellowship ($100,000)
Targeting pain in end stage osteoarthritis (PDF) | Final Report

Dr Ken Pang
2019 | RACP Fellows Career Development Fellowship ($100,000)
Improving delivery of RNA therapeutics (PDF) | Final Report

Dr Peter Psaltis
2018 | RACP Fellows Career Development Fellowship ($100,000)
A novel role for Adventitial Macrophage Progenitor Cells (AMPCs) in providing a local source of macrophages in atherosclerosis (PDF) | Final Report

Professor David Burgner
2017 | RACP Fellows Career Development Fellowship ($100,000)
A mechanistic investigation of the adverse effects of acute childhood infections on cardiovascular risk: The VASCFIND study (PDF) | Final Report

Associate Professor Wai Lim
2017 | Jacquot Career Development Fellowship ($100,000)
Extended immunological risk profile: The key to improve kidney transplant outcomes (PDF) | Final Report

Associate Professor Ravinay Bhindi
2016 | RACP Fellows Career Development Fellowship ($100,000)
'Optimising the treatment of coronary artery disease through molecular characterisation and state of the art intravascular imaging'

Dr Christopher French (Royal Melbourne Hospital)
2015 | Thyne Reid Foundation Career Development Fellowship ($15,000)
Electrophysiological, Molecular Biological and Computational Investigation of Sodium Channel Modulation by Antiepileptic Drugs (PDF) | Final Report

Dr Andrew Jabbour (Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute)
2015 | RACP Fellows Career Development Fellowship ($100,000)
'Novel strategies for the detection and attenuation of Ischaemia-Reperfusion Injury in Heart Transplantation'

Associate Professor Marie Bismark (University of Melbourne)
2014 | RACP Fellows Career Development Fellowship ($100,000)
Mandatory notification: serving the interests of Australian patients and doctors? (PDF) | Final Report

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