The BrightSpark Foundation has a proud history of supporting researchers and clinicians through fellowships, grants, prizes and awards. Our BrightSpark alumni have made major contributions to improving child health in Western Australia, as well as globally.

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

A/Prof Christopher Brennan-Jones

Telethon Kids Institute, Curtin University

Publication: Topical antibiotics for chronic suppurative otitis media, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2020; Issue 1.

BrightSpark Research Prize

$5,000

2022

Dr Rachael Zemek

Raine/BrightSpark Fellow
Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia

Leveraging the surgical wound healing immune response to stimulate local cancer eradication

Raine Priming Grant

$244,360

2022-2023

Dr Nelly Amenyogbe

Raine/BrightSpark Fellow
Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia

Harnessing innate immune metabolism to save newborns from infectious death

Raine Priming Grant

$242,793

2022-2023

Dr Julie Ji

Raine/BrightSpark/Cockell Fellow
School of Psychological Science, The University of Western Australia

Predicting self-injurious behaviour in young people – a novel cognitive science approach

Raine Priming Grant

$227,542

2021-2022

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 Akila Rekima

School of Molecular Science, The University of Western Australia

A role for early oral exposure to house dust mite allergens through breast milk in IgE-mediated food allergy susceptibility. The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology (JACI). 2020.

BrightSpark Research Prize

$5,000

2021

Dr Emma de Jong

Raine/BrightSpark Fellow
UWA Centre for Child Health Research, Telethon Kids Institute

Predicting asthma disease trajectories through systems-level analyses of immune memory

Raine Priming Grant

$215,000

2020-2021

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 Naomi Scott

Stewart/BrightSpark Fellow
Telethon Kids Institute

Attenuation of maternal inflammation to promote normal offspring neuro-immune development

Raine Priming Grant

$150,000

2019-2020

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 Tara Richman

Raine/BrightSpark Fellow
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, The University of Western Australia

Modelling mitochondrial dysfunction in disease

Raine Priming Grant

$200,000

2018-2019

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 Melissa O’Donnell

Raine/Stewart/BrightSpark Fellow
Telethon Kids Institute

Alcohol-related harm in young people: developing a longitudinal evidence base

Raine Priming Grant

$197,128

2017-2018

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 Laurens Manning

Honorary Raine/Stewart/BrightSpark Fellow
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Fiona Stanley Hospital, The University of Western Australia

Better management of childhood malaria in areas with multiple Plasmodium species

Raine Priming Grant

Declined Award

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

Dr Ruth Thornton

University of Western Australia

Improving treatment and developing preventative strategies for chronic ear and lung diseases in children

BrightSpark Fellowship

$322,111

2015-2017

Dr Holly Clifford

Telethon Kids Institute

Environmental dust particles, bacterial infections and the lung, impact in remote Aboriginal Australian Communities

BrightSpark Fellowship

$381,122

2014-2018

Dr Siobhan Reid

The University of Western Australia

Hitting the right spot: Optimising treatment with Botulinum Neurotoxin Type A in children with Cerebral Palsy

BrightSpark Fellowship

$278,160

2014-2018

Dr Anthony Bosco

Telethon Kids Institute

Deficient activation of IRF7 gene networks underpins rhinovirus-induced airways disease

BrightSpark Fellowship

$352,006

2013-2016

Dr Guicheng Zhang

Curtin University

Gene and environment interactions and epigenetics on asthma and allergies in infants

BrightSpark Fellowship

$354,952

2011-2014

Dr Shelley Gorman

Telethon Kids Institute

Investigating the effects of vitamin D deficiency in utero and early life in modulating allergic skin and lung disease

BrightSpark Fellowship

$363,670

2011-2013

Dr Louise Naylor

University of Western Australia

Can exercise improve microvessel function in adolescents with Type 2 diabetes

BrightSpark Fellowship

$290,924

2011-2013

Dr Sarra Jamieson

Telethon Kids Institute

The Genetics of Otitis Media in WA Children

BrightSpark Fellowship

$233,848

2009-2011

Dr Andrew Currie

Murdoch University

Investigating the function of Toll-like Receptor and Nod-like Receptor pathways in preterm and term infant innate immune cells in response to infection

BrightSpark Fellowship

$317,040

2009-2011

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