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Top CP Researcher Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

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The Research Foundation’s Associate Professor Iona Novak has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship – one of the one of the world’s most prestigious educational scholarships – to further her work in stem cell research.

Recognised for her research which is aimed at finding a cure for cerebral palsy, Iona’s Fulbright Scholarship will allow her to establish and lead an American-Australian Cerebral Palsy Stem Cell Consortium called Xcellerate utilising American stem cell researchers and Australian cerebral palsy registers.

Rob White, CEO of the Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance says the organisation is extremely proud of Iona’s achievement.

‘Iona is one of only 26 Australians to be recognised as a Fulbright Scholar in 2013. I believe her project will help accelerate the rate of research and breakthroughs that will directly benefit people with cerebral palsy,’ he said.

Iona’s scholarship will enable her to spend four months working in the highly regarded Stem Cell, Child Neurology and Cerebral Palsy Research Faculty at the University of California San Francisco (USCF).

Her project will involve collaborating with leading American stem cell researchers and institutions including the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Salk Institute, Duke University, University of Toronto, Columbia University, Oregon Health and Sciences and the University of Texas.

The Fulbright Program is a program of competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists created by U.S Senator J. William Fulbright and the U.S Government in 1946.

Under the Fulbright Program which operates in over 155 countries, competitively selected Australians receive a scholarship to study, conduct research, or exercise their talents in the USA.