Funding support helps QBI women through maternity leave

5 May 2017

QBI female scientists have received a welcome boost supporting career continuity and research-related travel.

Dr Marta Garrido, Dr Rosina Giordano-Santini, Dr Leonie Kirszenblat, Dr Fatima Nasrallah and Dr Jana Vukovic were all awarded maternity funding grants by the Queensland Government Advance Queensland Women’s Academic Fund.

Professor Pankaj Sah, Director of QBI, said the funding is vital in maintaining continuity of research.

“I congratulate our female neuroscientists on their funding success,” he said.

“These grants will allow their research to continue while they are on maternity leave, or assist in the transition back into work.”

Extended periods without continued research can create major setbacks in science careers, particularly as funding for research projects hinges on a productive publication record.

The research being funded covers various areas of neuroscience, including concussion, psychosis, neuronal cell-cell fusion, and attention.

Travel support to engage with world’s best

Dr Lena Oestreich has also received a travel grant from the Ian Potter Foundation, which will fund attendance at a neuroscience conference.

The grant will support Dr Oestreich’s travel to Vancouver to attend the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) conference in June.

The conference will see Dr Oestreich engage with some of the best experts in the field of neuroimaging.

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