Dr Tiger Zhou, 2015 – 2017, Genetic causes of glaucoma
Flinders University researcher Dr Tiger Zhou's research focusses on searching for genes that cause glaucoma – the world’s leading cause of irreversible blindness.
This scholarship will assist Dr Zhou to undertake a PhD to identify genes associated with glaucoma, based on DNA blood samples from the Australian and New Zealand Registry of Advanced Glaucoma (ANZRAG).
Despite the well-established genetic link to glaucoma based on family inheritance, Dr Zhou said only a small number of disease-causing genes have been determined.
By identifying the genetic fabric of glaucoma, Dr Zhou said clinicians will be better equipped to detect the disease at an earlier stage, thereby reducing the risk of blindness, and also to prevent its progression in people with a family history.
A better understanding of the disease at a genetic level also has the potential to result in new treatment targets in the future.
Ms Kate Secombe, awarded 2017
A PhD candidate in the Cancer Treatment Toxicities Group, supervised by A/Prof Joanne Bowen, Dr Janet Coller and Prof Rachel Gibson. She is investigating chemotherapy-induced gastrointestinal injury
Ms Emma Akers, awarded 2017
A PhD candidate from SAHMRI’s Heart Health Theme for her project researching the role of lipids in vascular calcification and atherosclerosis.
Ms Krystyna Gienic, awarded 2017
A PhD candidate from SAHMRI’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Biology Group (supported by the Cancer Council SA’s Beat Cancer Project)For her project researching the activated stromal signature of colorectal cancer.