2022 Harold Mitchell Travel Fellowships

By Rob Clancy, staff writer

Congratulations to the 2022 recipients of the Harold Mitchell Travel Fellowships

After two years of restricted travel, these fellowships, provided by the Harold Mitchell Foundation, give much-needed opportunities for young scientists to gain experience, knowledge and connections to help them expand their careers in medical research.

The Harold Mitchel Travel Fellowships enable promising young scientists and students to travel and participate in seminal conferences and receive mentoring and support from leaders in their fields.

The recipients will bring new knowledge and experience back to Australia, creating contacts for collaboration at the highest levels in the world of medical science.

Remy Young from the Microbiota and Systems Biology Research Group at Hudson Institute

Remy Young

Microbiota and Systems Biology Research group
Harold Mitchel Travel Fellowship | PhD Award

Remy brings to her work a unique combination of skills in microbiology and computational biology which she applies to understand the use of dietary components in re-structuring the gastrointestinal microbiome.

By combining key microbiome technology and informatic analyses, resulting in highly innovative research outcomes, Remy’s research has potential applications in the development of novel microbiome-based therapeutic interventions.

The Harold Mitchell Travel Fellowship will enable her to visit the Sanger Institute and the EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute in the United Kingdom, as well as presenting her work at the Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease conference at the Wellcome Genome Campus, United Kingdom, from 24th – 27th October 2022.

Dr Tayla Penny researchers a promising early intervention treatment for cerebral palsy in newborn babies at Hudson Institute of Medical Research.

Tayla Penny

Neurodevelopment and Neuroprotection Research group
Harold Mitchel Travel Fellowship | Post Doctoral Award

Throughout her post-doctoral studies Dr Tayla Penny has accumulated a large body of work investigating the use of expanded umbilical cord blood (UCB) therapy as a treatment for perinatal brain injury.

Tayla is now adding a focus on the therapeutic potential of UCB hematopoietic stem cells, and her travel will incorporate visits to Cambridge University and the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute.

The Harold Mitchell Travel Fellowship will also enable Tayla to present her work at the Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Society (FNPS) annual meeting in Italy, in September 2022.

Congratulations to our other award recipients

Bryan Williams Traineeship Award

The Bryan Williams travel award was established to acknowledge Hudson Institute Emeritus Director and Distinguished Scientist, Professor Bryan Williams.

  •  Ruby Oberin (Germ Cell Development and Epigenetics Research group)

Hudson Institute Travel Awards

  • Shananthan Balachandran (Hormone Cancer Therapeutics Research group)
  • Penny Whiley (Testis Development and Male Germ Cell Biology Research group)
  • Madeleine Smith (Neurodevelopment and Neuroprotection Research group)
  • Dr Amy Wilson (Ovarian Cancer Biomarkers Research group)
  • Dr Rukmali Wijayarathna (Endocrinology and Immunophysiology Research group)
  • Dr Shayanti Mukherjee (Translational Tissue Engineering Research group)

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