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2019 Allen Martin Research Scholarship winners announced

The winners of the two Allen Martin Scholarships for 2019 were announced at the Allen Martin Memorial Lecture and Scholarship Announcement event, held on Wednesday 13 November.

Elinor Fraser (pictured above), PhD candidate at Monash University, received a scholarship for research into cognitive behaviour therapy to treat sexual problems after traumatic brain injury.

“The purpose of the research is to develop an intervention and pilot it in a series of single case studies to test the efficacy of cognitive behavioural therapy adapted for individuals with complicated mild to severe traumatic brain injury in improving sexual wellbeing,” Ms Fraser said.

“This holistic and individualised treatment approach has the potential to not only enhance healthy sexual relationships and functioning but overall health, well-being and quality of life following traumatic brain injury.”

Sam Humphrey, (pictured above), PhD candidate at La Trobe University, was awarded a scholarship for his research into neuropsychological outcomes following endovascular clot retrieval and intravenous tissue plasminogen activator in ischaemic stroke patients.

“This landmark study investigating cognitive, emotional and functional outcomes following different treatments in ischaemic stroke, will help enhance quality of life by identifying common difficulties experienced by stroke survivors,” Mr Humphrey said.

“Better understanding of cognitive and emotional difficulties, which often go untreated, will help to identify areas where rehabilitation and treatment may be needed to help improve life post-stroke.”

The event included a presentation by Melbourne University Professorial Fellow, Mary Galea, who discussed “nervous system organisation and recovery of function after injury”.

The Allen Martin Research Scholarships are for $5000 each and are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kew and Robinson Gill lawyers.

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