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Queensland women committed to working wonders in the field of paediatric research are encouraged to apply for funding of up to $50,000 from the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The Mary McConnel Career Boost Program for Women in Paediatric Research aims to support women in paediatric research to increase delivery and dissemination of their research, thereby ‘boosting’ the researcher’s track record and competitiveness for future funding.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation has invested over $1M since 2018 in outstanding female researchers working to improve healthcare outcomes for sick and injured children.

The 2021 recipients were:

Dr Katherine Cullerton – Understanding message framing and public attitudes to nutrition policy action targeting children.

Dr Devika Ganesamoorthy – Rapid diagnosis of sepsis in children using host transcriptomic signatures.

Dr Julie Wixey – Targeting injured brain cells to protect growth-restricted infants.

Children’s Hospital Foundation Acting CEO, Olivia Jary, said the Foundation was proud to support outstanding female researchers and clinicians who work tirelessly to ensure a brighter future for all children.

“Women are underrepresented in research careers and there are significantly less women than men in senior level positions at Australian universities and research institutes. The Mary McConnel Program aims to boost the careers for women working in paediatric research, and importantly improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Queensland.”

Successful applicants will receive $50,000 funding to overcome barriers to career progression and receive one-on-one mentoring support from a leading research professional for the duration of their project.

The Mary McConnel Boost Program for Women in Paediatric Research program honours Queenslander Mary McConnel, who worked hard to establish the State’s first children’s hospital in 1878.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation launched the inaugural program on International Women’s Day in 2018.

Applications for the 2022 grant round are open until 5pm, Wednesday 13 April 2022. For more information, please click here.