In collaboration with the Raine Medical Research Foundation, the BrightSpark Foundation provides funding for Research Collaboration Awards to encourage medical researchers in Western Australia to establish and develop research collaborations, both nationally and internationally. They aim to facilitate cross-institutional or organisational ties, with increased opportunities for collaborative publications, joint grant submissions, sharing and advancement of research/clinical skills, and industry linkages.

The BrightSpark Research Collaboration Awards are awarded to top candidates in the area of child health research.

Click here for more information about the program, including key dates, Guidelines and Conditions, and the application process.

Past Recipients

Research Stories

Dr Akila Rekima

Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia
Collaborating Institution: Amsterdam University Medical Center

Influence of early life diet on intestinal epithelial cell development and function

BrightSpark Research Collaboration Award

$29,986

2022

Dr Henry Hui

The University of Western Australia
Collaborating Institutions: Macquarie University and Wise Realities Institute for Healthcare Emerging Technologies Research

Improving survival in childhood leukaemia

BrightSpark Research Collaboration Award

$29,864

2022

Dr Jess Reynolds

UWA Centre for Child Health Research, Telethon Kids Institute
Garvan Institute of Medical Research, New South Wales

Challenging the core autism phenotype – investigating motor impairments in children on the autism spectrum using whole genome sequencing

BrightSpark Research Collaboration Award

$30,000

2021

Dr Lieke van den Elsen

School of Molecular Science, The University of Western Australia
South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

Does lack of colostrum feeding in neonates lead to impaired growth and immune development, and enhanced disease susceptibility in later life?

BrightSpark Research Collaboration Award

$29,296

2021

Dr Amy Finlay-Jones

Mental Health and Youth Telethon Kids Institute/CCHR, The University of Western Australia
Brain and Body Lab (BABLab), The University of California (Los Angeles, USA)

Beyond brain and behaviour: Understanding the role of the gut microbiome in infant and child mental health

BrightSpark Research Collaboration Award

$29,433.42

2020

Dr Diana Tan

School of Psychological Science, The University of Western Australia
The University of Cambridge, UK

Investigating biological markers of autism using longitudinal cohort studies in the UK and Australia

BrightSpark Research Collaboration Award

$7,600

2019

Dr Annette Regan

School of Public Health, Curtin University
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute

An international cohort study measuring child health following maternal immunisation

BrightSpark Research Collaboration Award

$5,000

2018

Dr Nathanael Yates

School of Human Sciences University of Western Australi
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Developing Preterm Infant Nutrition Research Capacity

BrightSpark Research Collaboration Award

Declined Award

2018

Dr Laurence Cheung

Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia
Children’s Cancer Institute, University of NSW

Identification of novel drug combinations to cure high-risk infant leukaemia

BrightSpark Research Collaboration Award

$8,988

2017

Dr Gavin Pereira

Curtin University
UWA, Telethon Kids Institute

Heatwaves and Perinatal Morbidity – a combined observational and experimental study

BrightSpark Research Collaboration Award

$9,868

2017

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