Budding neuroscientists join QBI for summer program

20 Nov 2017
QBI welcomes 11 new Summer Research Scholars.
11 new Summer Research Scholars join UQ. (Credit: Nick Valmas / QBI)  

QBI will again host talented students with a passion for neuroscience this summer.

11 UQ undergraduate students will join QBI for its 2017–2018 Summer Research Program.

The program gives undergraduate students the invaluable opportunity to undertake laboratory work over a ten-week period, gaining real-world research experience.

Aleks Brumby Scholarship recipient awarded to high achiever 

QBI Director Professor Pankaj Sah with Glen Brumby, Aleks Brumby Scholarship recipient Nicole Lamb, and Aija Brumby. (Credit: Nick Valmas / QBI)  

Among the undergraduate group is Aleks Brumby Scholarship recipient, Nicole Lamb.

Ms Lamb, a third-year undergraduate Bachelor of Advanced Science Honours student at UQ, was selected as the top-ranked student based on academic merit and research potential. She will work in Professor Geoff Goodhill’s lab, on a project studying the mathematics of neural coding. 

The Aleks Brumby Summer Research Scholarship was established by Aija and Glen Brumby in 2011 after the death of their son, Aleks, a talented student who completed a chemistry degree at UQ.

Medical students foster clinical connections

QBI Director Professor Pankaj Sah with Ashintosh Summer Research Scholars, Daniel How and Brigid King. (Credit: Nick Valmas / QBI)  

For the second year, QBI will also welcome recipients of the Ashintosh Foundation Scholarship, designed to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice at the beginning of the medical experience.

Two UQ medical students, Daniel How and Brigid King, have been named as Ashintosh Research Scholars.

Mr How will be supervised by Associate Professor Margie Wright, and will track developmental changes in the brain through adolescence.

Ms King, who will be supervised by Dr Mia Schaumberg in Professor Perry Bartlett’s laboratory, will work on a current QBI clinical trial studying the amount and intensity of exercise that may optimise cognitive function in older adults.

The program comes at a time when QBI is building closer clinical links.

The scholarships are funded by the Ashintosh Foundation and facilitated this year by Managing Director Emma Lumsden.

The QBI Summer Research Program will run during the University’s summer holiday period from 20 November, 2017 to 2 February, 2018.