Career Advancement Fellowships
RPH Research Foundation’s Career Advancement Fellowships program provides more than $1 million in funding to help five of WA’s brightest researchers discover the answers to important health questions.
RPH Research Foundation’s Board Chair, Professor Lyn Beazley AO, said the Career Advancement Fellowships were created to nurture talented early to mid-career researchers who are striving to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of Western Australians.
“Successful applicants will be provided with salary support for up to three years so they can undertake cutting-edge research projects in their fields of expertise,” Professor Beazley said.
“Dementia prevention, diabetes, emergency medicine, nutrition as a form of preventative medicine and cardiovascular health are some of the research fields where the Foundation's investment will make a significant impact.”
The Foundation was inundated with exceptional applications for the first funding round.
An independent panel of experts, including Prof John Olynyk (Edith Cowan University’s Dean of Clinical Research, Edith Cowan University, Theme Lead, Health Research) and Dr Gina Ravenscroft (from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research’s Genome Biology and Genetics Program) generously provided their time to select the most outstanding applicants, whose work was showcased during a special Fellowships celebration at WA Museum Boola Bardip on 3 June 2021.
The highest-ranked applicant has been named the inaugural Emeritus Professor L.J Beilin AO Research Fellow in honour of RPH Research Foundation’s former Board Chairman, Emeritus Professor Lawrie Beilin.
“It’s our privilege to present a Career Advancement Fellowship in Emeritus Professor Beilin’s name to acknowledge his extraordinary contribution to medical research in WA,” Professor Beazley said.
“Emeritus Professor Lawrie Beilin is my immediate predecessor as Chair of the Foundation. His research team at The University of Western Australia and Royal Perth Hospital has been responsible for major advances in understanding the role of diet and lifestyle in high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.”