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We were incredibly proud to support Queensland Children’s Hospital Burns and Trauma Researcher and Griffith University Senior Research Fellow, Bronwyn Griffin, with a Mary McConnel grant of $50,000 for her research focussed on decreasing the incidence, severity, and burden or trauma of burns.  

Thanks to this early funding, granted by the Children’s Hospital Foundation, we are pleased to reveal that Dr Griffin has gone on to receive an additional $2 million of further funding from the US Department of Defence (DoD) to implement her research into evidence based first aid in the pre-hospital field of care in the US. 

“Thank you to Children’s Hospital Foundation for supporting some of the critical foundational work to help boost the level of the globally recognised evidence that has led to this overall outcome,” Dr Griffin said. 

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“Until now, the US has not adopted our guidelines, and this is an amazing opportunity to work with an incredible team.” 

Her Mary McConnel Career Boost grant assisted Dr Griffin by investing in specialised research expertise to optimise the outcomes of her research, and allowed her to create, publish and present an agreed registry dataset for paediatric burns that boosted her national and international research profile.  

As part of Dr Griffin’s grant, she was also offered invaluable mentorship from Sharon Mickan – an incredibly established Australian researcher and Professor of Healthcare Innovations at Bond University. 

“Without my Mary McConnel grant and mentorship, this additional funding boost simply would not have been possible, and I am looking forward to meeting up with Sharon to celebrate this success together.” 

The DoD is a globally competitive research funding body, with the value of the grant providing immeasurable hope for sick kids across the globe, who are living with burns injuries.