Congratulations to Dr Rinky Giri and Dr Neville Tan who received the inaugural Arlene Wake Fellowship, to pursue further research studies in the area of chronic disease.
Clinician-scientists Rinky and Neville gave compelling presentations that demonstrated a strong commitment to building their research expertise to address some of the most pressing health problems facing the people of Melbourne's west.
Rinky is an Endocrinology Fellow and a Research Fellow at the Centre of Digital Innovation and Transformation of Health. Her research will focus on a smartphone and internet-based interactive glucose management system for women with gestational diabetes mellitus in pregnancy. This research is an important development in improving maternal and foetal outcomes for our population.
Neville is an advanced physician trainee who has been a long-term medical staff member at Western Health. Neville's research is on pericoronary fat and cardiometabolic health, and he will be exploring the role of CT imaging in early detection of cardiovascular risk. It's another area of research that has the potential to make a big difference to health outcomes for our community.
The fellowship has been generously donated and named in honour of Dr Arlene Wake, who served for many years as Western Health's Chief Medical Officer and Executive and was instrumental in the genesis of the Western Centre for Health Research and Education (WCHRE) and Western Health Chronic Disease Alliance. Arlene has remained a passionate supporter of Western Health, its staff and the people of the west, especially those afflicted by some of Australia's highest rates of chronic disease.