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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Monash doctor and PhD student wins Young Investigator Award

Congratulations Dr Jonathan Dick who received the prestigious Young Investigator Award for basic science at the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN) Annual Scientific Meeting in Canberra last week.

A PhD student with the Kidney Disease and Vasculitis Research Group at Monash University’sCentre for Inflammatory Diseases, Dr Jonathan Dick holds a Clinical Academic Training Fellowship fromMonash Health.

Jonathan presented his findings that proteins in the complement system could help in more targeted treatments for people with severe kidney disease caused by vasculitis.

“This form of severe kidney disease is hard to treat and current treatments affect a variety of other tissues in the body,” said Jonathan.

“I showed data demonstrating that complement proteins are important in stimulating the underlying immune response that causes the vasculitis and kidney inflammation, increasing our understanding of how we should target complement in kidney disease.”

“This may have relevance to the use of complement therapeutics in other diseases.”

Jonathan said it was very satisfying to have his hard work recognised.

“I had help from so many lab members on different aspects of the work and this award is also recognition for the time and expertise that many of them have contributed to make the project a success.”

Members of the kidney research groups at Monash Health and the Monash Centre for Inflammatory Diseases have won this highly prestigious award, given to only one person each year, for the past seven years.

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