WA Health salutes clever fellows

Congratulations to WA Health clinician researchers Dimitar Azmanov, Tobias Strunk and Wai Lim (pictured above), all of whom have been awarded fellowships in the fifth round of the Department of Health/Raine Medical Research Foundation Clinician Research Fellowship program.

WA Health clinician researchers Dimitar Azmanov, Tobias Strunk and Wai Lim
WA Health clinician researchers Dimitar Azmanov, Tobias Strunk and Wai Lim were awarded fellowships as part of the Clinician Research Fellowship program

The program is an initiative of the Department of Health in conjunction with the Raine Medical Research Foundation.

The fellowships enable the clinicians to step away from some of their clinical duties to work on their research. The fellowships cover the costs of backfilling their relinquished clinical duties.

Each fellowship can be worth up to $150,000 a year, depending on the extent of the research proposal and the applicant’s salary.

Dr Azmanov, a genetic pathologist at PathWest will use his fellowship to investigate the application of genetic diagnostic technology to children with stunted growth.

King Edward Memorial Hospital Consultant Neonatologist Associate Professor Tobias Strunk will investigate a promising medication’s potential to protect preterm babies from infection with minimal side effects.

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Consultant Nephrologist Associate Professor Wai Lim will use his fellowship to try to improve health outcomes for kidney transplant recipients.

The Department of Health/Raine Medical Research Foundation Clinician Research Fellowship program has been a launch pad for many early and mid-career clinician researchers who have gone on to secure research grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council and other research funding bodies.