Advance Queensland Fellowships to progress COVID-19 research

Five Griffith University researchers have been awarded Advance Queensland COVID-19 Industry Research Fellowships announced by the Minister for State Development, Tourism and Innovation, The Honourable Kate Jones, this week.

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Professor Mario Pinto said the fellowships recognised some of the brightest, most innovative researchers and were an investment in the next generation of researchers.

“I congratulate the awardees as they embark upon these transformative research projects to mitigate the effects and create long-term solutions to problems arising from COVID-19,” he said.

The fellowships were awarded to —

Dr Tristan Casey — Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research
$180,000 – Development and evaluation of crisis management toolkits for Queensland industry



Dr Belinda de Villiers — Institute for Glycomics

$90,000 – Evaluation of COVID-19 antiviral and vaccine candidates, using a non-infectious virus-like particle platform.



Dr Yoriko Kikkawa — Griffith Institute for Educational Research
$180,000 –Improve Advance Life Support Training for frontline healthcare workers under novel conditions



Dr Camila Shirota — The Hopkins Centre, Menzies Health Institute Queensland

$90,000 – Accelerating technology uptake during a pandemic: enabling and extending delivery of rehabilitation.



Associate Professor David Trembath — Menzies Health Institute Queensland
$150,000 – Optimising telehealth to future-proof the delivery of autism-related services.