Australian Rotary Health and Rotary Clubs and Districts across Australia will dedicate $521,068 towards 32 Funding Partner PhD Scholarships, 2 Research Companion PhD Scholarships and 2 PTSD PhD Scholarships in 2018.

These scholarships, along with the research mentioned in our recent mental health research funding announcement, make up a total of $2,177,444 allocated to health research this year.

Here is a list of all the Funding Partner, Research Companion, and PTSD PhD Scholarships that will receive funding in 2018:

Brand new Funding Partner PhD Scholarships include:

Mental Health Research
‘Cannabidol: a new preventative treatment for schizophrenia?’
David Henning Memorial Foundation Scholarship/Rotary Club of Parramatta, D9690
Gabriela Visini
Western Sydney University, NSW

‘Evaluating the effectiveness of a trauma informed parenting intervention for Indigenous parents’ mental health and attachment quality’
Rotary Club of Sydney
Michelle Kenny
University of NSW, NSW

Depression Research
‘The effects of treated and untreated depression during pregnancy on offspring behaviour and brain development’
Rotary Club of Liverpool West
Noor Saleem Mohammed Jarbou
University of Wollongong, NSW

Bipolar Research
‘A brain imaging study of social and emotional processing in bipolar disorder’
Ian Parker Bi Polar Research Fund
Lisa Furlong
University of Melbourne, VIC

Bowel Cancer Research
‘Renin Angiotensin System (RAS) inhibitors combined with tumour resection in the treatment of colorectal cancer liver metastasis (CRCLM)’
Rotary District 9675
Georgios Kastrappis
University of Melbourne, VIC

Gastroparesis Research
‘Characterising the role of interstitial cells Cajal (ICC) in human stem cell-derived gut organoids’
Rotary Club of Devonport
Daphne Foong
Western Sydney University, NSW

Youth Suicide Research
‘Translation and replication of a successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth suicide prevention and wellbeing intervention’
Rotary Club of Toowong
Basil Shaw Scholarship
Mandy Gibson
Griffith University, QLD

Continuing Funding Partner PhD Scholarship projects include:

Adolescent Health Research
A randomised controlled trial to examine the effectiveness of oxytocin to improve treatment for Anorexia Nervosa
Rotary District 9690 Funding Partner Scholarship
Rachel Brownlow
University of Sydney, NSW

Alzheimer’s Disease Research
Risk factors of for Alzheimer’s Disease—does lysosomal dysfunction play a role?
Rotary Club of Adelaide,
Lauren Whyte
University of Adelaide, SA

Autism Research
The underpinnings of social dysfunction in Autism and Williams Syndrome: From genes to brain to hormones
Rotary Club of Illawarra Sunrise, NSW D9675
Kelsie Boulton
Macquarie University, NSW

Active kids: A comprehensive biopsychosocial understanding of factors that enhance and hinder physical activity, social engagement and motor development in children with ASD
Rotary Club of Illawarra Sunrise, NSW D9675
Simone Thomas
Deakin University, VIC

Bipolar Disorder Research
The efficacy of adjunctive Garcinia mangostana linn (mangosteen) pericarp for bipolar depression: a 24-week double-blind, randomised, placebo controlled trial
The Ian Parker Bipolar Research Fund PhD Scholarship
Melanie Ashton
Deakin University, VIC

Bowel Cancer Research
Improving uptake of colorectal screening among primary care attendees
District 9650 Bowelscan
Natalie Dodd
University of Newcastle, NSW

Brain Research
Modulation of microglial function by glioblastoma stem cell-derived exosomes
Rotary Club of Caringbah, NSW D9675
Susannah Hallal
University of Sydney, NSW

Cancer Research
Investigating novel genes and mutations in haematological malignancies
District 9650 All Stars Funding Partner PhD Scholarship
Erin Lawrence
University of Melbourne/Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, VIC

Children’s Health Research
Development of RNAi therapeutics for Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex
Kerry Anderson District 9650 Scholarship
Blake Smith
Murdochs Children’s Research Institute, VIC

Depression Research
An online cognitive behavioural therapy program for women with depression in the perinatal period: A randomised controlled trial
David Henning Memorial Foundation Scholarship
Rotary Club of Parramatta City, NSW D9675
Siobhan Loughnan
University of New South Wales, NSW

Gastroparesis Research
A study to alleviate the symptoms of gastroparesis using dietary modification
Rotary Club of Devonport, TAS
Harsha Suresh
Western Sydney University, NSW

Gene Research
Genomics and Nutrigenomics and its effect on Neonatal Methylation and Subsequent Child Neurodevelopment
Terry Orr Memorial Fund
Elizabeth Senn
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, VIC

Epigenetic Mechanisms of Maternal Immune Activation Research
Terry Orr Memorial Fund
Jay Nakamura
Monash University, VIC

Hearing Health Research
Development of an audiologist-administered psychologically informed intervention to improve mental health and wellbeing in adults with hearing loss
Rotary Club of Terrigal District 9685
Hearing Health PhD Scholarship
Emma Laird
University of Melbourne, VIC

Melanoma Research
Deciphering the role of Microphthalmia-associated Transcription Factor (MITF) in cell cycle phase-specific drug resistance of melanoma
Rotary Clubs of Kiama, NSW District 9675 and
Rotary Club of Gerringong District 9710
Sheena Daignault
University of Queensland, QLD

Mental Health Research

MICRO-SCOPE: A study of diet, gut microbiota and mental health in community-dwelling adults
Ten Islands Tassie Tag Along Tour 2016 PhD Scholarship
Amelia McGuinness
Deakin University, VIC

Motor Neurone Disease Research
Motor Neuron Disease: Site of origin and patterns of disease spread
Rotary Club of Cronulla, NSW District 9675
Thanuja Dharmadasa
University of Sydney, NSW

Oncology Research

Engaging differentiation of immature leukaemic cells in acute myeloid leukaemia
Rotary Club of Richmond, VIC District 9800
Steven Ngo
Monash University, VIC

The role of secreted frizzled protein 4 and DEAD-Box Helicase DP103 on breast and brain cancer stem cells
Rotary Club of Belmont, WA D9465
Sebastian Pohl
Curtin University, WA

Parkinson’s Disease Research
Recruiting the Immune System to Fight Parkinson’s Disease
Rotary District 9650
Jasmina Markulic
St Vincent’s Medical Research Institute

Pancreatic Cancer Research
Investigation of novel biomarkers for pancreatic cancer
The Ian Loxton Pancreatic Cancer Research PhD Scholarship
Norbaini Abdol Razak
Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, WA

Primary Lymphoedema Research
The use of High Frequency Ultrasound to describe dermal depth and composition and its correlation with other physical measures in people with and without primary lymphoedema and to describe the impact of physical interventions
Rotary Club of Dural, NSW District 9685
Jane Philips
Flinders University, SA

PTSD Research
The relationship between traumatic stress, problematic substance use and disordered eating behaviours among Australian adolescents
District 9685 Funding Partner PhD Scholarship for PTSD in Australia
Ivana Kihas
University of New South Wales

An investigation of the psychological, neuropsychological and phenomenological distinguishing characteristics between adaptive dreamers and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Nightmares; an empirical study to inform evidence based treatment models of PTSD
District 9790, NSW and RSL Clubs of Victoria
Fiona Henrich
Swinburne University of Technology, VIC

Youth Mental Health Research
Development and evaluation for BEST-Foundations: A  preventative family-based intervention for Children at risk of developing depression in adolescence
Motto Fashions & Rotary Club of Richmond, VIC District 9800
Michelle Benstead
Deakin University, VIC

Youth Suicide Research

Suicide and self-harm hospitalisation among young people in Tasmania: An epidemiological study of suicide risk and the provision of care in the acute settings
Australian Rotary Health/Rotary Club of Smithton PhD Scholarship
Nicole Hill
University of Melbourne, NSW

Continuing Research Companion PhD Scholarships include:

Judith Annette Thompson Scholarship/Rotary Club of Keilor, VIC D9800
Bowel Cancer
Local and circulating chemokines/growth factors following tumour therapy impact on the composition of tumour infiltrating host cells and treatment outcome
Madeleine Tancock
University of Melbourne, VIC

The Lorraine and Bruce McKenzie Scholarship
Mental Health of Young Australians
Sleep problems in young people: Assessing impact on mental health, behaviour and educational outcomes
Ali Kodsi
Swinburne University of Technology, VIC

Continuing PTSD PhD Scholarships include:

The relationship between combat exposure, the effects of post traumatic stress disorder and non-specific somatic symptoms
Kristin Graham
University of Adelaide, SA

An investigation of the relationship between serving in the Australian Defence Force and common mental disorders
Rebecca Sheriff
University of Adelaide, SA

Another 18 new PhD scholarships in general health areas are currently being advertised for 2018. Applications close Friday, February 23, 2018. Click here for more information.

We wish all of our scholarship recipients the very best in their research endeavours this year!