Female health researchers receive financial support to advance careers

Female health researchers receive financial support to advance careers

Female health researchers receive finanical support to advance careers.

Congratulations to Dr Margaret Jordan and Dr Janelle James-McAlpine from the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre who have received an Australian Health Alliance (AHRA) Women’s Health Research Translation and Impact Network (WHRTN) Early and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Funded Award.

The Awards provide timely and flexible funding of up to $15,000 for early and mid-career female researchers across Australia to facilitate their career development and advancement. The funding supports female researchers with diverse needs to engage, train and connect with women in women’s health research and translation.

“These Awards provide much needed support to address the challenges many women face all across Australia” said AHRA Workforce Development Chair and TAAHC researcher Professor Cate Nagle.

Nearly 300 applications for the AHRA WHRTN Early and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Funded Awards were received.

Dr Jordan, based at James Cook University, said winning this award would support her research into Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

“My research is to uncover knowledge on the genetics MS, a debilitating disease of the central nervous system, which primarily affects women in their child-bearing years (diagnosis generally between age 20 and 40), to strive to pinpoint targeted treatments, with fewer side effects, and the hope to prevent disease in the future.

This grant affords me with the much needed seed funding to help develop a ground-breaking method and provide the preliminary knowledge to steer a fully developed proposal, in order to attract Category 1 funding, for a more intensive study.

Not only will this help advance the field, but it will also assist to increase my own recognition as a leader in MS, thereby facilitating my career advancement too.”

Dr Janelle James-McAlpine, also based at James Cook University said that the award would support a partnership with Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan, a First People’s community-controlled organization specializing in health care services for women and children.

“During the course of my PhD, I developed and piloted a nutrition education and screening tool for use in pregnancy, a project that successfully characterised the nutrition and supplement practices of women in South-East Queensland (SEQ).

This grant will enable me to dedicate the time required to explore its’ versatility in Aboriginal women of Far North Queensland. Nutrition screening, evaluation, and education are critical in this population of women, given the multiple complex health determinants and birth outcomes experienced by these women.

Further, the funding will support me to spend the time needed to provide research education, training and support to the staff of Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan, a First Peoples community-controlled organisation specialising in health care services for women and children.”

Read more about the AHRA WHRTN Early and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Funded Awards and see the full list of winners here.

L-R: TAAHC Award recipients Dr Margaret Jordan and Dr Janelle James-McAlpine from James Cook University