Harold and Sylvia Rowell PhD Scholarship

Harold and Sylvia RowellThe Harold and Sylvia Rowell PhD Scholarship was made possible through a most generous bequest from the Estates of Harold and Sylvia Rowell, in 2013.  Following consultation with the Rowell family and in accordance with the 2012-2015 Muscular Dystrophy WA Strategic Plan, these funds was allocated to annual research scholarships, hence known as the Harold & Sylvia Rowell Scholarship. Scholarship funding has been made available annually with research relevant to people with muscular dystrophy and directed towards the following area of clinical, epidemiological, basic science, consumer, social or community based outcomes.

February 2014, saw the inaugural Muscular Dystrophy WA Harold and Sylvia Rowell PhD Scholarship was awarded to physiotherapist, Vivienne Travlos.  Vivienne is a lecturer within the School of Physiotherapy University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) and a clinician at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.  The study undertaken by Mrs Travlos is a collaborative effort between researchers, patient organisations and clinicians across the country.

Vivienne recently had her first paper published in the international journal – NeuroRehabilitation.
Click here to read – A fine balance and a shared learning journey: Exploring healthcare engagement through the experiences of youth with Neuromuscular Disorders

September 2016 saw the second provision of a Muscular Dystrophy WA Harold and Sylvia Rowell PhD Scholarship to Li Dunhui, a Ph.D. Student at Murdoch University who is undertaking the study of mapping functional dystrophy based on exon structure. Li joined the team of Professors Sue Fletcher and Steve Wilton at the Centre for Comparative Genomics earlier this year. Li previously completed a Bachelor of Medicine (2008-2013) at the Binzhou Medical College and a Master of Medicine with a major in neurology at Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (2013-2016). We look forward to following the advances of his investigations over the next three years.

In line with our 2020 strategic plan, the Research Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the MDWA Board continue to develop a formalised Research Strategy.  Our team remain committed to supporting relevant research into muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular conditions and we continue to create a collaborative environment where research advances that take place both locally and globally, will positively influence the lives of Western Australian living with muscular dystrophy. It is anticipated our Research Strategy will be released by April 2017.

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