With the support of the family and friends of Rachel Kierath, the Telethon Kids Institute as established the Rachel Kierath Scholarship in Paediatric Cancer Research. The purpose of this postgraduate research scholarship is to support exceptionally qualified postgraduate research students to undertake cancer research at Telethon Kids. This scholarship opportunity is open to PhD, Masters by Research and postgraduate research degree students.
This prestigious annual award is widely promoted and takes the form of a supplementary (top-up) stipend accompanying another source of main funding, most commonly a scholarship secured by the recipient through their selected university. It also includes a dedicated research and travel fund.
Rachel Kierath was a friend of the Telethon Kids Institute with a vision to help the Institute's Cancer Centre achieve new discoveries in personalised, translational medical research. Rachel sadly succumbed to cancer after a prolonged battle in November 2016. This scholarship is established in her honour.
The successful candidate will work within the Telethon Kids Cancer Centre, co-located with the new Perth Children's Hospital. The Hospital is situated within the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, a collaborative campus that includes the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, the University of Western Australia's Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, and other medical research centres of note.
The Telethon Kids Cancer Centre, directed by Professor Terrance Johns, is the sole Western Australian research centre dedicated to finding effective and safer treatments for childhood cancers through drug discovery and repurposing, radiotherapy and immunotherapy. Within the Telethon Kids Cancer Centre there are approximately 65 laboratory scientists, epidemiologists, clinical researchers, computational biologists, bioinformaticians, PhD students and research assistants.
There will only be one Rachel Kierath scholar at any time, hence it is envisaged that the Rachel Kierath Scholarship will only be offered once every three years.
For more information about the Cancer Centre, please visit https://cancer.telethonkids.org.au/