Two researchers from the Alfred Research Alliance have been named as 2019 Club Melbourne Fellowship Finalists.
Dr Joseph Doyle from Burnet Institute and Dr Quan Huynh from the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute were two of six finalists selected from across Victoria. The Club Melbourne Fellowship was created to support the next generation of Melbourne’s research leaders, and aims to deliver community benefits through education, networking and collaboration.
Dr Doyle is an infectious diseases specialist with a strong background in research and public health, who has acted as an adviser and consultant to the World Health Organisation on HIV and Viral Hepatitis. He is currently leading a joint clinical and implementation research program across The Alfred, Monash and Burnet Institute that aims to improve access and delivery of hepatitis C treatment.
Dr Huynh is a Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow who has recently developed a tool to predict readmission and mortality in patients with heart failure. His research has shown that risk assessment can be used to rationalise the selection of patients for disease management programs to reduce risk in heart failure, in turn reducing both adverse outcomes and health care costs.
The Club Melbourne Fellowship is open to mid-career researchers based in Victoria and includes $10,000 funding to support research costs and international conference attendance, the opportunity to present their research to Club Melbourne ambassadors, as well as event attendance and promotion across the network.
Dr Doyle and Dr Huynh will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of their Alfred Research Alliance colleague Associate Professor Eric Chow, who was awarded the fellowship in 2018. He is an Associate Professor in Sexual Health at the Monash University Central Clinical School and Head of Health Data Management and Biostatistics Unit at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, which is part of Alfred Health. Assoc Prof Chow used his fellowship to attend the IUSTI Asia-Pacific Sexual Health Congress 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.
The 2019 Fellow will be named on Monday 26 August.