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Charles Perkins Centre Summer Research Scholarships 2021-22

11 November 2021

Twenty one scholarships awarded for student research projects

The Charles Perkins Centre’s Summer Research Scholarship program, now in its 11th year, has awarded 21 scholarships to student researchers from four faculties to work in its multidisciplinary centre, double the usual number.

The Charles Perkins Centre Summer Research Scholarship program is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students who are currently enrolled at the University of Sydney, from any area of study and with any level of research experience, reflecting the CPC’s multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to finding solutions to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions.

Supported in recent years by the Nicholas Catchlove Early Career Researcher Development Fund, the program offers up to 10 scholarships annually to high-achieving students. The cohort applying for 2021-22 was extremely competitive with highly talented emerging researchers, so a further 11 scholarships were supported by supervisors’ project funds and partner organisations.

“The panel was so impressed by the number and quality of the applicants and their projects, we took the unprecedented decision to double the number of scholarships we awarded, taking the successful numbers to 21,” said Professor Stephen Simpson AC, Academic Director, Charles Perkins Centre.

We are thrilled to have a wealth of new talent emerging from the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Health, and Science, and supervisors from schools and faculties across the University
Professor Stephen Simpson AC, Academic Director, Charles Perkins Centre

The Charles Perkins Centre Summer Research Scholarships provide an opportunity for students to undertake paid research with leading academics in world-class facilities for eight weeks. Successful applicants develop research skills, gain experience working with project teams, and contribute to finding real-world solutions.

“We are delighted with this outcome. The Charles Perkins Centre inaugurated this program in 2011 and each year the number of outstanding applications has grown as the CPC itself has grown in reputation and stature. It shows that our best students understand the need to tackle complex challenges from the perspective of multiple disciplines and value the opportunity to gain such an experience.” 

We are hugely indebted to Dr Barry Catchlove AM, himself a University of Sydney alumnus (MBBS, 1966) who supports the scheme through the Nicholas Catchlove Early Career Researcher Development Fund
Professor Stephen J Simpson

Applicants have the opportunity to design their own research projects that will contribute to the work of the Charles Perkins Centre and involve supervisors from two or more disciplinary areas.

“We are hugely indebted to Dr Barry Catchlove AM, himself a University of Sydney alumnus (MBBS, 1966) who supports the scheme through the Nicholas Catchlove Early Career Researcher Development Fund. I know that Dr Catchlove is equally proud of this year’s cohort and their projects. We congratulate them heartily and look forward to the results of their scholarship projects.”

The Charles Perkins Centre Summer Research Scholarship has awarded more than 100 scholarships since its inception, many of the recipients have gone on to study for higher research degrees at the Charles Perkins Centre.

Applications for the Charles Perkins Centre Summer Resarch Scholarship 2022-23 open in September 2022.

Charles Perkins Centre Summer Research Scholarships 2021-22 awardees:

Enrolled: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Project: The Unit Problem in microbial communities: Improving the conceptual framework for the causation of dysbiosis

Supervisors: Professor Paul Griffiths, Professor Andrew Holmes

Enrolled: Faculty of Medicine and Health

Project: The associations of mothers’ socio-economic factors with their acceptance of a COVID-19 vaccine for their young child aged 4 years: a cross-sectional study

Supervisors: Associate Professor Li Ming Wen, Professor Louise Baur

Enrolled: Faculty of Science

Project: Impacts of intermittent fasting on islet cell function in wildtype mice

Supervisors: Professor Peter Thorn, Dr Mark Larance

Enrolled: Faculty of Science

Project: Building and evaluating an online platform for medical decision-making

Supervisors: Dr Micah Goldwater, Dr Michelle Cunich

Enrolled: Faculty of Science

Project: The role of macrophage phenotype in impaired wound healing in diabetes: an in vitro study 

Supervisors: Professor Anthony Weiss, Dr Danqing Min

Enrolled: Faculty of Medicine and Health

Project: Enabling uptake of AF screening in Aboriginal communities using a single lead iECG device: Improving software compatibility with Aboriginal Medical Service medical records

Supervisors: Dr Josephine Gwynn, Professor Ben Freedman

Enrolled: Faculty of Science

Project: New Therapeutic Strategies to Reduce Microvascular Obstruction: Investigating a Novel Post-Ischemic Blood Clotting Mechanism

Supervisors: Associate Professor Simone Schoenwaelder, Dr Xuyu Liu

Enrolled: Faculty of Medicine and Health

Project: Safeguarding human health during hot weather and heat extremes in refugee camps

Supervisors: Professor Ollie Jay, Professor Tony Capon

Enrolled: Faculty of Science

Project: Immune profile signatures in type 2 diabetes-mediated non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in novel preclinical models

Supervisors: Professor Stephen Twigg, Dr Helen McGuire

Enrolled: Faculty of Medicine and Health

Project: Replenishing Myocardial NAD to Rescue Stiff Heart Failure

Supervisors: Dr John O'Sullivan, Dr Sean Lal

Enrolled: Faculty of Medicine and Health

Project: The interaction between physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep quality on low back pain (LBP)

Supervisors: Professor Paulo Ferreira Professor Emanuel Stamatakis

Enrolled: Faculty of Science

Project: Development of novel dietary patterns associated with all-cause mortality: data from NHANES 1999-2014

Supervisors: Professor Michael Skilton, Dr Helen Parker

Enrolled: Faculty of Medicine and Health

Project: Exploring sleep health management in Australian residential aged care facilities

Supervisors: Professor Bandana Saini, Associate Professor Christopher Gordon

Enrolled: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Project: Putting the Citizen in Citizen Science: Understanding public engagement in health-related citizen science

Supervisors: Professor Nick Enfield, Dr Samantha Rowbotham 

Enrolled: Faculty of Science

Project: Establishing the role of fasting in the health benefits gained from calorie restriction

Supervisors: Dr Amanda Brandon, Professor Stephen Simpson

Enrolled: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Project: Privileged Spaces: A comparative analysis of the relationship between neighbourhood environments and barriers and supporters of obesity

Supervisors: Professor Ann Elias, Dr Jane Gavan

Enrolled: Faculty of Science

Project: Cell Biology of Insulin Action

Supervisors: Professor David James, Dr James Burchfield

Enrolled: Faculty of Medicine and Health

Project: Unravelling mechanisms of Colchicine in cardiovascular disease by comprehensive immune phenotyping

Supervisors: Dr Helen McGuire, Dr Sanjay Patel 

Enrolled: Faculty of Engineering

Project: Biomembrane force probe to investigate neutrophil mechanobiology in thromboinflammation

Supervisors: Professor Shaun Jackson, Dr Lining Arnold Ju

Enrolled: Faculty of Science

Project: How can governments encourage Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) that addresses sustainable development in an era of globalisation? An analysis of the implications of investment treaty CSR provisions for public health and nutrition.

Supervisors: Professor Ann Marie Thow, Professor Teresa Davis

Enrolled: Faculty of Science

Understanding epigenetic regulation of liver gene expression during intermittent fasting

Supervisors: Dr Mark Larance, Professor Jean Yang

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