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Meet the 2020 Awardees!

January 15, 2020 Announcement

The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation is proud to announce its latest Awardees and their projects. Congratulations to the following:

Junior Fellowships

  • Dr Catherine Barnett
    Surgical management of sinonasal malignancies with skull base involvement
  • Jovana Gotovac
    Identification of the cell origin of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
  • Dr Christopher Pastras
    A novel, preclinical approach to investigate peripheral vestibular dysfunction, in vivo
  • Dr Jacob Pogson
    The effect of fluid volume on vestibular function and adaptation in Meniere’s disease

Conjoint Grants

  • Associate Professor Jenny Ekberg & Doctor Brent McMonagle
    Self-assembling cellular nerve bridges for repair of peripheral nerve injuries
  • Mr Tim Iseli & Associate Professor Oliver Sieber
    VCCC Program for Organoid-Informed Precision Medicine for Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Dr Arutha Kulasinghe & Associate Professor Brett Hughes
    Identification of predictive biomarkers for immune checkpoint blockade in head and neck cancer
  • Professor Colette McKay & Dr Markus Dahm
    Detecting and ameliorating the impact of neural dead regions in cochlear implant users
  • Associate Professor Psaltis & Dr Mahnaz Ramezanpour
    A personalised therapeutic plan for S. Aureus Recalcitrant CRS

Research Scholarship

Mr Jarryd Boath
Predicting the development of oral cancer

Special Project Grant

Professor Richard Douglas
The MACRO programme – the microbiome analysis

Overseas Clinical Fellowship

Doctor Vikram Padhye
Stanford University Sleep Surgery Fellowship

NB: This Award was provisionally approved in the 2019 award round, pending further information to be provided by the host institution and has now been approved for funding.


We look forward to bringing you more information on our 2020 Awardees and Projects as soon as possible.

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