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Paediatrics Trainee Research Award 


 Dr. Erin Mills


Busted!  Management of paediatric upper limb fractures – not all that it’s cracked up to be…

 Erin Mills is an Advanced Trainee in Paediatric Emergency Medicine.  She started her Paediatric training at the Royal Hobart Hospital in 2008, and has been working in Victoria for the past 3 years.  She has had a number of previous publications about the impact of Generation Y on the healthcare system, and has presented this work at the Third Tri-annual International Conference on Information Technology in Healthcare in 2007.

 Dr. Annaliesse Blincoe


What is the utility of Bronchoaveolar Lavage in non-HIV Immunocompromised children?

 Annaliesse Blincoe is a New Zealand Advanced Trainee, dual training in General Paediatrics and Paediatric Respiratory medicine. Annaliesse is currently on maternity leave from  her position as a registrar at Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland where she has a particular interest in respiratory disease in the immune compromised child. Annaliesse is also the paediatric co-chair of the New Zealand Trainees Committee and is a representative on the College Trainees Committee.

Dr. Vinutha Beliyurguthu Shetty


Glucose requirements for prevention of hypoglycaemia during exercise in individuals with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM)

 Vinutha is an overseas trained paediatrician from India who moved to Perth in 2007. She completed her advanced training in Paediatric Endocrinology with the RACP from 2010 to 2012. Her interest in research began when she completed an audit on congenital adrenal hyperplasia during her first year of training in Paediatric Endocrinology. This opportunity allowed her to understand the research process and to develop her scientific writing and presentation skills. During her training she got involved in a number of diabetic research projects under the supervision of Professor Tim Jones‘s research team, which is internationally recognised for their contribution to the field of diabetes research. She then decided to commence clinical research at the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Australia. Her research area is exercise and diabetes, and in particular, the prevention of exercise-mediated hypoglycaemia in individuals with type 1 diabetes.


 Dr. Alberto Pinzon-Charry


Antimalarial Treatment Improves Dendritic Cell Function in Patients with Malaria: Implications for Vaccination

 Alberto is a first-year paediatric Fellow at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Brisbane where he is completing dual advanced training in Allergy & Immunology and Infectious diseases. Upon completion of his medical training overseas, Alberto completed his doctoral studies in vaccine development through the University of Queensland and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR).  For his work, he was awarded the Australian Society for Immunology Best Young Investigator Award, the highly prized Queensland Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research and the highly coveted Queensland Tall Poppy Award for Outstanding achievements in scientific research. While continuing his clinical training, Alberto continued vaccine research as a postdoctoral fellow supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Fellowship and currently remains involved with the QIMR and Griffith University as a visiting scientist/lecturer. Alberto has two children (Alberto & Catalina), is a keen hockey player and traveller. He will present novel data on malaria vaccine development at the International Congress of Paediatrics.

 Dr. Suja Mathew


Health needs of young children in out of home care: A clinical service evaluation

 Suja Mary Mathew is an overseas trained Paediatrician from India who joined RACP training program in 2006 as a dual trainee in General Paediatrics and Paediatric Endocrinology. She was awarded her RACP Fellowship in General Paediatrics in December 2012. Suja works as a Research Medical Officer in the Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit (VIRTU) at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide. She is soon to start work as a part-time Clinical Academic in Paediatrics at Flinders University in South Australia and, in addition to clinical paediatrics, looks forward to a career in teaching and research. The research being presented is from her research project in 2012 at the Child Protection Service at the Flinders Medical Centre, which hopefully is the first of more to come from the Service, aimed at understanding the health needs and improving the health outcomes of children in out-of-home care in South Australia.

 Dr. Melanie Hanson


Effect of Delayed Cord Clamping on the Haemoglobin Levels of Term Newborn Aboriginal Infants from Remote Aboriginal Communities:  A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

 Melanie Hanson is currently in her last year of Advanced Training in General Paediatrics with subspecialty in Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine. Melanie obtained her knowledge in clinical haematology after completing a laboratory science degree. She then pursued medical practice undertaking general medicine training, realising her preference was for paediatric clinical care and went on to complete her general paediatric training.  Melanie gained further expertise in procedural/interventional skills by completing two years of paediatric intensive care training. Melanie has a passion for clinical research and public health.  Her special interest is in prematurity and the sick neonate, where she has four years of neonatal intensive care training.

Dr. Siah Kim


Prevalence of early markers for chronic kidney and cardiovascular disease in aboriginal and non-aboriginal children

 Dr Siah Kim is a paediatric advanced trainee at The Children's Hospital at Westmead undertaking dual training in nephrology and general paediatrics. Siah commenced her doctoral studies in 2012 within the Antecedents of Renal disease in Aboriginal Children (ARDAC) study at the Centre for Kidney Research and the University of Sydney under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Craig and Professor Petra Macaskill. Siah has a longstanding focus on improving the health and wellbeing of indigenous Australians, and plans to pursue a career as a clinical researcher focused on implementation of primary care programs targeting children and adolescents to reduce the burden of adult onset chronic disease.