Graeme Clark Institute top-up scholarship

Congratulations to Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Graduate Research student Dr Zobaida Edib and FEIT Graduate Research student Lochana Mendis (co-supervised by Dr Fiona Brownfoot) who were both awarded a Graeme Clark Institute top-up scholarship in 2022.

Dr Edib is coordinating the FoRECAsT (fertility after cancer predictor) study to fulfil her PhD. It is the most extensive databank study to date, with the establishment of a global collaboration of more than 45 national and international clinicians, scientists, and researchers from 28 institutions in eight countries. FoRECAsT databank contains over 50,000 data from national and international sources. This study will result in an effective evidence-based web-based tool (FoRECAsT tool) for young breast cancer patients to be used around diagnosis to provide an individualised risk estimation of developing infertility at different time points across survivorship trajectory. It will address a gap in current fertility-related decision-making and be implemented into clinical practice worldwide, improving the care of young women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Lochana Mendis is a PhD student from The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) co-supervised by Fiona Brownfoot was also awarded this scholarship.

His project "Detecting Fetal Distress Using a Smart Wearable Device", is about development of novel algorithms for fetal distress monitoring with state-of-the-art accuracy in detecting events of fetal distress in real-time and implementing it on a constrained smart device to revolutionize the way fetal wellbeing is monitored.

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