Congratulations to Dr Erin McAllum, who has received an $18,000 Victoria Fellowship.
Neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease are ultimately caused by brain cell death, but the reasons brain cells die remain unclear.
With more than 100,000 Victorians living with dementia, which is projected to rise to more than 280,000 in the next 30 years in the absence of new treatments, it represents an unprecedented social and economic burden.
Erin will travel to France to use cutting-edge chemical imaging technologies to understand the role metals play in protein aggregation in brain tissue, and the potential for preventative treatments.
This project will generate the most comprehensive understanding of the relationship between metals and protein aggregates to date and transfer this knowledge back to Victoria and integrate it into our current chemical imaging platforms.
The Victoria Fellowships encourage innovation and the commercial application of research among researchers in the early stages of their careers.
Up to 12 researchers are awarded up to $18,000 each to undertake overseas study missions offering Victoria Fellows the opportunity to broaden their experience, develop international networks and better understand where their activities fit into the local and international scene.
A Victoria Fellowship also provides an opportunity to develop commercial ideas.
Congratulations and well done Erin!