The University of Notre Dame Australia has appointed three new Research Fellows as part of the Industry-Linked Early Career Researcher (ECR) Fellowship Scheme. Launched in 2018, the scheme aims to: increase outcome-driven research engagements with Industry Partners; increase Notre Dame’s research capacity and capability; and engage early career researchers via support, mentorship and funding to build their track records to allow them to pursue an independent and industry-relevant research career.
The three Fellows, Dr Samantha Winter, Dr Holly Farley, and Dr Kate Jones, will be working on projects that align with Notre Dame’s pursuit of research excellence and increased partnerships with industry.
Notre Dame Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research, Professor Greg Blatch, says the ECR Fellowship Scheme is an exciting program that goes to the heart of Notre Dame’s objective of building strong teams of researchers and industry and community partners.
“We have appointed some really strong emerging researchers to be the inaugural fellows of this new initiative,” Professor Blatch says, “which is part of the bigger succession plan of building the next generation of researchers.
It’s critical that we, as an institution, build strong partnerships and work with the communities we serve. It’s only by having these strong partnerships that we are going to solve the problems of the future.
“Collaboration with partners is central to our strategic growth in research, a focus designed to provide mutually beneficial outcomes, new opportunities, and increased capacity and capability for the University and our associates.”
Dr Winter will be working with industry partner the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science on a research project aiming to enhance the understanding and development of therapeutic agents for neurodegenerative diseases through pre-clinical studies.
“What makes research like this so important is that we don't have proper treatments for most of the neurodegenerative diseases. Some have no treatments at all.” – Dr Samantha Winter
In partnership with Mercy Health, Dr Farley will look into the design and lived experience in residential aged care models. The project aims to understand how spatial factors contribute to quality of life in Residential Aged Care models.
“Moving into residential aged care can be a big change for people, and we need to know what role the built environment plays and how it links to quality of life.” – Dr Holly Farley
Working with St Vincent’s Health Australia, Dr Jones will be exploring the need for spiritual care training for healthcare staff. Research has shown that Australian patients would like their spiritual needs addressed in the hospital setting but most staff members don’t know how to provide that care. This project aims to address the problem by evaluating the current level of staff understanding of spirituality and developing training modules.
“I think this is pioneering work and if we can develop training that is effective and embraced by the healthcare teams at St Vincent’s then potentially it could be adopted in other settings as well, to really help provide that education on spirituality that I think is missing in healthcare at the moment.” – Dr Kate Jones
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