HCA Foundation has announced its 2016 fellowships recipients, including three Harvard researchers intending to undertake collaborative scientific research in Australia and one Australian researcher headed to Harvard. As in previous years, the Foundation’s donations will assist with travel and living expenses.
Our 2016 Fellows are Professor Branch Moody and Professor Bruce Furie of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Associate Professor Elizabeth Klerman of Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Dr Rowan Ogeil of Monash University.
Dr Moody is Professor of Medicine, at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School. He will be visiting Melbourne for 8 weeks to collaborate with Prof James Rossjohn from Monash University, Prof Dale Godfrey from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and Prof James McCluskey from University of Melbourne. Their work is directed towards discovering new modes of T cell activation during infection and vaccination, particularly in tuberculosis. Clinical studies of human tuberculosis patients and T cells from Prof Moody’s laboratory at Harvard will be transferred to Melbourne for molecular testing of receptors and ligands, and these lipid ligands will in turn be tested in human patients for use in diagnostic tests and as vaccines.
Professor Bruce Furie, Chief of Division of Hemostasis & Thrombosis at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre will visit the laboratory of Prof. Philip Hogg at the Centenary Institute in Sydney. The goal of Prof Furie’s visit is to build an ongoing collaborative relationship with the Australian team that discovered a possible role of the von Willibrand factor in initiation of unwanted clotting that triggers heart attacks. While in Australia, Prof Furie will also visit the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases in Melbourne, and the Perth hematology team.
Elizabeth Klerman MD, PhD is Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Physician, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Departments of Medicine and Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital. She will spend 13 weeks working with the team of Prof. Shantha Rajaratnam at CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity at Monash University in Melbourne towards better understanding how sleep and appropriately timed body rhythms effect performance of college students. Such information will in turn enable the design of interventions that may improve the sleep and health of college students.
Rowan Ogeil, PhD, is NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellow based at the Eastern Health Clinic School, Faculty of Medicine, Monash University. His visit to Harvard will enable him to continue his team’s collaboration with Dr Laura Barger at the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Departments of Medicine and Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital. They are examining the use of sleep and wake-promoting drugs and sleep outcomes in emergency workers. This project is part of the International Network of Drug Treatment & Rehabilitation Resource Centres for the United Nations Office of Drugs & Crime, in particular the monitoring and assessment of the misuse of pharmaceutical, licit and illicit drugs.
These awards take the total number of Australia-Harvard Fellowships granted since the program’s inception in 2004 to 60. HCA Foundation congratulates these 2016 recipients and offers heartfelt thanks to the volunteers involved in selecting, monitoring and administering the program.